Dental negligence

When a dentist provides poor dental care, makes a mistake or misdiagnoses a serious condition, you may be entitled to make a dental negligence claim, but only with expert legal advice can your dental claim be successful.

Making a dental negligence claim

Whether your dental care was being undertaken by an NHS dentist or a private dentist, your dentist is duty bound to provide you with timely, effective professional dental care and advice. Where your dentist has failed to provide you or a family member with a professional level of dental care you may be entitled to make a dental negligence claim.

Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors have experience dealing with a range of negligence claims involving dental care and represent clients across the UK in successfully claiming compensation in dental and medical negligence claims. There are a variety of potential situations wherein your dentist might be considered to have delivered unsatisfactory care, including:

  • Where upon examining your mouth and your medical history your dentist fails to make a timely diagnosis of any potentially harmful conditions you subsequently go on to develop. This can provide grounds for a delayed diagnosis claim.
  • Where your dentist makes a misdiagnosis and mistakes the condition you are suffering from for another, potentially less serious one. This would mean you do not get the treatment you need or it is delayed, potentially providing grounds for a misdiagnosis claim. Mouth cancer, infection or serious gum disease may be examples of conditions which are misdiagnosed by your dentist.
  • Where during the course of administering treatment your dentist provides the incorrect medication, providing for a wrong prescription claim.
  • In instances where work is performed at the wrong site or on the wrong tooth, or to an unsatisfactory standard in some other way, this may provide grounds or a dental and surgical error claim.
  • Unnecessary extraction of teeth.
  • Where you were undergoing a cosmetic dental procedure and this was performed to a low standard, leaving you with pain, discomfort or worse.
  • In instances where inadequate / inappropriate measures were taken before, during and / or after any dental work to prevent infection.
  • Where your dentist fails to provide appropriate and / or suitable advice or answer questions that could help you safeguard your oral health.

It is important to remember that the aforementioned scenarios do not represent a comprehensive list of all potential situations where you may be entitled to claim dental negligence compensation.

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Specialist dental negligence solicitors

Blackwater Law has been independently recognised as having one of the leading teams of medical negligence solicitors based in the South East. Such is the national reputation of the team at Blackwater Law for successfully winning cases and achieving maximum compensation amounts for clients, that they are approached for advice by individuals across the country.


  • Specialist dental negligence solicitors
  • No win, no fee claims
  • Recognised as expert medical negligence solicitors

No Win, No Fee Dental Negligence Compensation Claims

At Blackwater Law we understand the difficulties that can be inflicted on you and your family as a result of substandard dental treatment. We understand that you want to claim the compensation you deserve, but you do not want to risk your own money to achieve this. That is why Blackwater Law operates all medical negligence claims on a no win, no fee basis.

A no win, no fee dental negligence claim means that if your claim for negligence is not successful, you will not owe us anything towards any legal fees. If your dental claim is successful our legal fee will be a percentage of your compensation amount. This percentage will be agreed with you at the beginning of your claim, providing complete transparency.

Building you a strong dental negligence claim

Blackwater Law have a reputation for successfully winning large sums of compensation for clients who have suffered due to medical negligence, such as negligent dental care. Our success is due to the dedication of our solicitors towards building the strongest claims possible on behalf of our clinical negligence clients. This dedication is ensures that your claim not only stands the best chance of being successful, but that you receive the maximum compensation amount should your case be successful.

A critical part of building you a strong dental negligence claim is providing evidence in support of our legal arguments that we make in you case. This key part of this evidence is the use of reports provided by dental experts and consultant dentists. You solicitor will instruct such specialist experts to review your care, your medial records and if appropriate you condition. They will then report on the extent to which your dental care and dentist was negligent and how the care you received differs from the care that you should have received. Blackwater Law has  unique national network of such dental specialists which our team has built up over years of representing clients in dental negligence compensation claims.

How long does a dental claim take?

Dental negligence claims can take varying lengths of time to settle due each case being completely unique, due to clients having different dental procedures and medical histories and due to different levels of severity of dental injuries sustained. However, when you call Blackwater Law for free initial advice and to find out whether you are indeed able to make a claim the expert dental negligence solicitor you talk with be able to provide you within sight into what is involved in compensation claims and how long different stages of the legal process might take.

The Impact of Dental Negligence

The impact of the failures in care provided by your dentist can clearly vary according to the state of your oral health beforehand, any pre-existing conditions you may have and precisely how your dentist has inflicted harm. Where the situation is not recognised or accepted quickly, the potential for long-term problems is also elevated. Some of the long term impacts of dental negligence have been known to include:

  • Long-lasting nerve injury leading to problems with sensitivity, movement, taste and speech.
  • Cosmetic damage or unsightliness which have a negative impact on your self-image, self-esteem or ability to work within certain fields.
  • Difficulties in tackling infection leading to prolonged illness and undesirable oral appearance.
  • Exacerbation of pre-existing medical conditions and elevation of the risks associated with developing cancer.

Claiming dental negligence is not personal

Many of us are justifiably thankful to medical professionals who provide us with regular care and advice, and may feel anxious about suing a dentist as a result. It’s important to understand that all practicing medical professionals in the UK must be covered by some form of professional insurance, put in place precisely for instances like this – where patients have been let down and both deserve and require compensation to rectify the dentist’s errors.

This means that where you are successful in claiming medical negligence compensation the insurance body responsible for covering the dental practice you use will pay the full sum of your award, not your dentist personally.

A dental negligence claim can provide you with the money you need to have the mistakes of your  negligent dentist professionally resolved.

Free initial advice on claiming compensation

If you are unsure whether you are entitled to compensation, or you are unsure whether you even want to make a claim, but are interested to know whether you may be able to, contact Blackwater Law medical negligence solicitors. You will receive specialist legal advice from a dental negligence solicitor who will be able to tell you whether you may be entitled to compensation. They will also answer the questions you may have about what is involved in claiming compensation. All of this initial advice is free, so why not give us a call today on 0800 083 5500 and find out if you can claim dental negligence compensation.

Get expert legal advice

Call today and speak to Kamila Jaskula, expert dental negligence lawyer. Find out if you can claim compensation.

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