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Diagnosis of aggressive periodontitis

The DDU supported a member when they faced a claim alleging a failure to diagnose and treat periodontal disease in a young patient who had been attending the member's practice for two years.

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Guide

What do I do if I receive a claim?

Receiving a negligence claim can be unpleasant and upsetting, but we can help guide and support you through the process. Here's what you need to know.

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Journal

Open wide: the risks of swallowed or inhaled dental instruments

It's rare for a patient to swallow or inhales something during treatment, but such incidents can leads to negligence claims and dental professionals should be aware of the risks.

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Journal

Friendly fire

The DDU sees a number of claims involving criticism of one registrant by another, but there are things we can do to try and deflect this 'friendly fire'

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Case study

Jaw dislocation

A patient brought a claim alleging that a DDU member had failed to appropriately use a mouth clamp during a crown preparation, leading to a dislocation of the jaw and the need for treatment under general anaesthetic to relocate it.

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Case study

Fractured crown

The DDU was able to successfully defend a member who faced a claim alleging a failure to identify and treat caries and fit a satisfactory crown, resulting in crown fracture, infection and tooth extraction.

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Case study

Neuropraxia

A patient brought a claim alleging that a DDU member caused them to suffer neuropraxia during the extraction of their LR7, and either misplaced dental instruments or caused damage to the mucosa.

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Journal

Diagnosis of aggressive periodontitis

A DDU member faced a claim alleging a failure to diagnose and treat a patient’s periodontal disease.

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Case study

Inappropriate orthodontic treatment

A DDU dentist faced a claim after a patient alleged a failure to assess his periodontal condition before starting orthodontic treatment, and a failure to detect the periodontal attachment and bone loss that subsequently occurred.

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