Dentists and oral surgeons are considered health care professionals and must provide a certain standard of care when providing dental services to a patient. Dentists and oral surgeons have a duty to uphold that standard of care in his/her specialty. A breach of this duty, resulting in injury to a patient can result in what is generally referred to as dental malpractice or dental negligence.
Some types of injuries caused by dental negligence include permanent or temporary nerve and/or structural injuries to the tongue, jaw, chin and lips including lingual nerve injury (tongue), inferior alveolar nerve damage (lips, chin and jaw), numbness, loss of taste sensation and even death. These injuries can be caused by: improper removal of impacted wisdom teeth and other negligence in the administration of dental procedures.
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