It is common practice for dentists to refer their patients to the dental hygienist as part of their routine dental care. A dental hygienist is a licensed dental professional, and whilst in some cases they perform relatively simple cleaning procedures, and they owe the same duty of care to patients when carrying out that treatment as owed by other medical professionals.
A visit to the hygienist should not ordinarily result in any damage to existing teeth or any significant long-term pain. If you believe your teeth have been damaged during hygienist treatment, then contact Graham Coffey & Co dental negligence solicitors today for a free consultation.
Dental Hygienist Procedures
In some cases, a hygienist will carry out complex procedures, including:
- Root planing for patients with periodontal disease
- Taking of radiographs
- Dental sealants
- Administration of fluoride
As with all medical treatment, if the care and skill exercised by the practitioner falls below the required standard, serious injuries can occur.
Dental Negligence Claims for Manchester and the North West
Negligent treatment by the hygienist is not limited to damage caused by poorly performed treatment but can also include injuries caused by inappropriate treatment whether that treatment was carried out skilfully or not.
The hygienist should always discuss your treatment with you and have a good understanding of your dental history especially if you are suffering from any complications such as existing dental fittings or periodontal disease.
An Example of Hygienist Negligence
Mr. M attended the hygienist for a clean and polish. During the course of the treatment, Mr. M believed the hygienist was being too rough and sure enough, despite being warned by Mr. M that he had a ceramic brace, the hygienist managed to break the ceramic brace and remove a tooth from its socket. Graham Coffey & Co dental negligence specialists successfully recovered compensation for Mr. M by arguing that not only had the hygienist failed to warn Mr. M of the risks of the treatment being carried out, but also the treatment was not carried out with sufficient skill or care.