Dental Injuries: A Dentists Visit Gone Wrong

A visit to the dentist's office is a simple routine that many of us go through every six months and may not even think twice about. A little cleaning, a little picking, and the dentist should have our teeth looking brand new. Some procedures are a little more invasive than that, though, and some simple procedures still have their fair share of risks.

Dentistry, like many other forms of medicine and health, may come with some risks of injury and damage. No one is perfect, not even your doctor. Accidents and injuries may still be caused by something as seemingly simple and routine as a visit to the dentist office. If you have been injured or hurt, you may have a dentist injury claim. Contact one of our experienced personal injury lawyers today for help and legal counsel.


Injuries and Risks of Dentist Visits

Although we are told to get our teeth cleaned every six months, there are certain dentist tools, such as mouth props, dental mirrors, anesthesia, dental drills, chisels, scalers and more that have sharp edges and points. Some physical injuries you could sustain at the dentist office may include, but aren't limited to:
  • Tooth fracture
  • Chipped tooth
  • Cuts
  • Bruises
  • Swelling
Dentists are doctors who have received degrees from universities, completed specific courses to their practice area and have taken the Dental Admissions Test (DAT) in order to be able to attend dental school. Still, even the most careful and practiced hand may slip.

Karen Butler and Foreign Accent Syndrome

Some cases may not be as simple as physical damage, though. reported on an incident where Oregon-based Karen Butler went to the dentist for oral surgery and came out the other end with a European accent, mixed with English and Irish, even though she had never been outside of America in her life.

Neurologist Ted Lowenkopf diagnosed Butler with Foreign Accent Syndrome, and said, "It's usually the result of a brain injury . . . ." FAS is a disorder that can be developed in a patient due to damage to brain tissue. Incidents, such as Butler's and others having to do with procedures involving surgery and anesthesia, have their own potential risks, as well.


Dental Injury Claim and a Personal Injury Lawyer

There are certain risks that may be involved with undergoing a medical procedure, even one so simple as cleaning your teeth. Some cases are simple and some are not. The dentist--as routine as it may be--is no exception. If you have suffered or are suffering from an injury at the dentist office, contact our offices today to speak with a Florida personal injury lawyer for legal counsel and help, regarding your potential claim. Call our offices at 800-648-4941.