PORTLAND, Ore., April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- A clinical report regarding dental implant surgeries shows the number of dental implants in the U.S. has increased 10-fold between 1983 and 2002 with over 700,000 implants inserted annually. The report data also shows a sustained growth of 9.4% for the next several years. The need for dentists and oral surgeons who specialize in dental implant surgery has also increased to meet the demand.
However, just like medical doctors, these healthcare professionals must uphold a certain standard of care and expertise to provide dental implant surgery. If a dentist or oral surgeon is lacking this specialized training, they can cause permanent dental implant nerve injury to a patient.
Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC, Oregon based dental malpractice lawyers have over 35 years combined experience handling dental malpractice and dental negligence cases. The firm believes patients with permanent injuries should hold the negligent dentist or oral surgeon accountable for their mistakes.
Dental implant surgery is a procedure that replaces a tooth with metal, screw-like posts so that damaged or missing teeth can be replaced with implants ("artificial teeth") that look and function much like real teeth. Many patients prefer dental implants because they generally fit better than dentures or a bridge and last longer.
Attorney Jane Paulson of Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys recognizes the popularity of dental implants but cautions consumers to be selective when choosing a dental professional for their surgery. "There are risks," states Paulson, "and when negligent mistakes are made the injuries can be severe." An error we see is where a dentist or oral surgeon has failed to properly measure the patient's mouth and jaw and puts an implant directly into the nerve below the teeth (the inferior alveolar nerve) usually causing permanent injury to the lip, chin and gums. As dental implants have grown in popularity, so has the desire for providers to do implants. Some providers are well trained and some have been trained by the manufacturer of the implants in a series of weekend courses -- so make sure your provider is well trained before getting an implant or get referred to a specialist.
Paulson's firm has handled permanent dental negligence injury cases including permanent or temporary nerve injury 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, and loss of taste sensation.
Paulson recommends people who have serious dental implant injuries discuss their case with an experienced dental malpractice attorney. "You may be entitled to seek compensation for your injuries and an experienced dental malpractice lawyer can quickly tell if your case has merit."
Consult the experienced dental malpractice attorneys at Paulson Coletti to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
About Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC
Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC is a noted Portland, Oregon personal injury law firm serving individuals harmed by the negligence or legal fault of others in Oregon and Washington. The attorneys, Charles Paulson, Jane Paulson and John Coletti specialize in serious catastrophic injury cases, and have won multiple million-dollar verdicts in Oregon and Washington. The firm has extensive Oregon community involvement and is a silver sponsor for the Center for Women, Politics & Policy. Learn more about Paulson Coletti Trial Attorneys PC at www.PaulsonColetti.com
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