The different types of dental malpractice

Blog submitted by Dane Levy Attorney of, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California

Just as you are with doctors, you are also protected when it comes to dental malpractice. Dental malpractice is when a dentist causes harm to a patient. This can be either through direct or indirect means. Here we explain the difference between the two types:

When it comes to direct causes are when it happens during a treatment or procedure. One of the most common examples is when the wrong tooth is pulled out. Another is some form of nerve injury that can result in issues like number tongue or numb lip.  The common theme here is that direct involves negligence by the dentist that causes physical harm to the patient. There are cases when the actual effects of the injury are only detected much later, and are usually not associated with the dental procedure.

Indirect causes are usually when the dentist does not do something he or she should have done. The first example is not consulting your medical history before a procedure. This can result in dental product liability claims as you might be allergic to something that should have been left out. The other is delaying or failing to diagnose a disease.
If you suspect something due to symptoms like numb lip, contact a malpractice lawyer immediately