What can I do if I went to the dentist almost 4 weeks ago and received 11 fillings but they were improperly done?

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What can I do if I went to the dentist almost 4 weeks ago and received 11 fillings but they were improperly done?

On that visit a bite impression was only taken after the fillings were done. After this my mouth was in excruciating pain daily. I called the dentist office the next week only to be told that they were booked up. I called the following week and was told that they would call me in some pain medication and they wouldn’t be able to see me until the following week’s Wednesday. By this time I located another dentist who examined by teeth to the best of his ability considering the amount of pain that I was in and he found that not only were my fillings too tall…but my teeth and the ligaments were severly inflammed due to the size of the fillings and the bite being so bad off.

Asked on May 6, 2015 under Malpractice Law, Arkansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

You can sue the first dentist for malpractice, if filings were the wrong size and the bite impression badly off. The facts you describe suggest that this was a case of a dentist's office being negligent, or unreasonably careless; if so, that would be malpractice. And if it was malpractice, you could potentially recover:

1) The cost to have another dentist correct the problem;

2) Lost wages, if you missed any work; and

3) "Pain and suffering" for the time you have been living with severe pain or other life impairment.

From what you write, it would be worthwhile for you to consult with a medical malpractice attorney about your case (many provide a free initial consultation--you can ask the attorney's office about this before scheduling a consultation).


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