View Full Version : Is this medical negligence (warning a bit graphic)

03-18-15, 11:25 AM
I'm in absolute agony and awaiting an available slot at the emergency dentist following a mishap with a dental appointment in Monday

Background: I suffer with bruxism and some dental damage from my eating disorder but I'm otherwise physically quite healthy

I've had acute dental problems particularly this last few months with broken wisdom teeth and have had two regular molars that needed filling the tooth in talking about is the one where I'm questioning negligence

Nov 2014: dentist had 3 unsuccessful attempts at local anaesthesia before filling this tooth and didn't believe that it wasn't numb it was only partially anaesthetises and continued to drill. I was in a real state after the procedure and the filling was too high so it hurt to bite or eat food

1st week in December I returned and he re examined the tooth he discovered he had left decay behind , again 2-3failed anaesthetic attempt and removal of filling I had a panic attack in the chair and midway through drilling he discovered the nerve/pulp had been irritated from the last time he couldn't continue and had to put a temporary dressing in
He said I could keep the temp in until it had calmed down a little (if needs be I could wait it out a few months)

The filling was so deep that when I ate a sandwich the tooth collapsed

Fasts forward to the Monday just gone I was given sedation too finally get the tooth fixed due to being so traumatised by the last two attempts this time around we had another two failed anaesthetic attempts with the third attempt piercing my trigeminal nerve and creating an electric shock sensation I then went numb on practically the entire left side of my face, the dental work was done and I was a little too sedated to raise an alarm about the third attempt

Later that evening the anaesthetic wore off and I was in severe pain this wasn't regular post filling pain this was like the most pain I think I've ever experienced in my life , I ended up in ER where they said I was rapidly formin abscesses on my jaw and prescribed high dose antibiotics and prescriptions pain medication and that my nerve is potentially damaged now.

This morning the swelling got worse and ended up in emergency health clinic again my hearing is impaired on that side I look like I have mumps , if the infection doesn't go away I will need IV antibiotics and I have had to be given beta blockers due to the extrem agitation the infection is causing. I am needing to go to the emergency dental team later today and I m dreading to see what will need Doing I could lose the tooth and the one next to it or need root canal
I'm in a lot of pain and left feeling absolutely terrified of the dentist :(

Has my dentist been negligent ?

03-18-15, 11:34 AM
It's hard to say, not being able to see exactly what was done and when, but it sure doesn't sound like this is the most competent dentist...

In any case, :grouphug: and I hope the pain and swelling go down soon and that the new dental team can fix things properly, for good.

03-18-15, 12:53 PM
The word that jumps into my mind is "incompetent."

At your age I don't know what I would have done.
Now if things aren't numb and I'm feeling the pain
I won't continue.

My sympathies on the nerve pain,
I truly think that's the worst pain in the world.
My granddaughter is going through that now.
Couldn't get appointment to see the specialist until Monday.

03-18-15, 12:57 PM
I'm not sure about negligence. I hope someone more knowledgable can give you some pointers on that but that sounds like an absolute nightmare you had to go through. Hope it gets better soon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

03-18-15, 01:13 PM
Love you :grouphug:

03-18-15, 02:48 PM
Grrrrrr..........sorry you're having to go through all this, Flory. ((((Hugs))))

I don't know if it's relevant, but the first thing that popped into my mind is wondering if he prescribed antibiotics to clear up possible infection before he started drilling, etc., especially the last time. Yikes! Not sure if there were any abscess concerns prior to the initial attempt.

Wishing you a speedy recovery from their actions.

03-18-15, 03:02 PM
Hey thanks for all your responses :) love you too Abi x

I didn't get antibiotics prior to procedure UM :(

03-18-15, 03:25 PM (hope it's okay to post this link)

It isn't an official American Dental Association site, but has a lot of info. Sounds like him failing to take that step could possibly be considered negligent. I would consider it as such until he could prove why it wasn't.

03-21-15, 06:54 PM

I have something called trismus now and first round of antibiotics were proving ineffective been bumped up to a stronger one called metronidazole

Saw a different dentist at an emeregench facility and my original dentist completely missed an Abscessed and partially impacted wisdom tooth (hence not being able to get me numb, gum is puffed out and swollen around jaw and cheeks)

I feel it became gung ho and he just kept going in different places til he finally pierced the nerve on the third go :( the nerve irritation will hopefully calm down soon apparently
I will now have to have the badly Abscessed wisdom tooth removed under general anaesthetic once they have gotten the infection under control ;((
Need some get well energies badly :( I feel so sore and miserable

I feel so miserable , this infection is making me so agitated too :(

03-21-15, 07:10 PM
Hang in there girl! You're strong! I hope that you're feeling much better. Haven't been on for a little while. Had eye surgery. :o(

03-21-15, 11:34 PM
I think you're right to call it medical negligence ... to have missed an abcessed tooth. :doh:

Sending hugs and healing energies to you. Hopefully the antibiotics will help quickly
and you can get that bad boy out of there so it won't cause any more problems.


03-22-15, 04:25 AM
Did he x-ray your jaw at all....

Our dentist does x-ray before anything is done.

03-22-15, 02:29 PM
Whenever I read about incompetence in dentistry, it makes me even more glad I hit my former dentist in his privates. He hurt me and his crotch just so happened to be in the receiving area of my elbow.

Sending lots of love and healing energy your way. May he pay dearly for the pain he's caused. Imagine how many have suffered in his negligence. Grrrrrrrrrrrr..............