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Apicoectomy errors and delays in treatment

All dental surgical operations and procedures can be complex and therefore they require a high degree of delicacy and precision in technique and practice. Where the dentist fails to attain acceptable professional standards, errors could occur which can lead to the patient suffering during treatment and lead to further associated medical complaints.

What is an apicoectomy?

An apicoectomy is a root end surgery which is used by the dentist after root canal surgery has failed or is found to be inappropriate. In some cases the root canal treatment may have left an infection within the many branches leading off from the main root. This form of treatment is preferable to further root canal treatment as the latter may require the cutting down of a bridge or crown which has been successfully put in place.

What happens if the apicoectomy is administered incorrectly?

The main reason for the treatment is to curtail the infection still in the root. If the apicoectomy is a failure, the infection may worsen and spread to other parts of the body. If the procedure is not carried out competently it may lead to nerve damage, bleeding or unwarranted pain.

When would the Dentist's professional expertise be in question?

It is important the treatment is carried out competently and at the correct time as delays in the procedure can cause further suffering for the patient. A dental negligence claim should be considered if:

  • There is a delay in treating an infection following the procedure
  • Errors in pre-operative care such as faulty equipment
  • There is severe nerve damage following the treatment
  • Failure to control excessive bleeding
  • Other apicoectomy errors

At Dental Accident Helpline we want to make sure you have maximum support in taking your claim to court. For advice now about your claim ring 0330 223 2697 or fill in our compensation claim form.