Have you been a victim of dental negligence?
There are many excellent dentists out there and I am sure many people have had a positive dental experience. That said, there are almost 500 complaints made against dentists across the UK each day. Many people fear the dentist and when you look at the complaint statistics it is not surprising that a trip to the dentist fills some with anxiety and dread!
What are the causes of such a high number of dental complaints? Some believe that access to insufficient care is the cause. Before 2006 dentists were paid according to the nature of their work. However, this was replaced by the UDA, which pays dentists on the amount of work they do and the number of patients seen.
The result of this means more patients are seen in a day, dentists are over-worked and that is when mistakes can happen. We find that cases of dental negligence occur mostly in routine appointments, whilst carrying out routine procedures such as fillings or in surgery.