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Laser Dentistry Claims

In general there is no risk to this procedure, providing it is carried out by a qualified dental professional, but, as with any procedure, there have been instances where things can go wrong and if they do this can lead to serious consequences for the victim.

What is laser tooth whitening?

Laser teeth whitening is a treatment which involves a specialist bleaching gel being applied to the teeth, and an LED lamp or ‘laser’ being shone on them to accelerate the whitening. The most popular brand worldwide is Zoom Whitening, by Phillips, as its products are the most used in the cosmetic dental sector.

What can go wrong?

Generally, laser teeth whitening is successful and carries no risk if applied by a qualified practitioner. It is a popular cosmetic procedure within the UK and is completely non-invasive on the patient.

There are, however, instances where the procedure can go wrong, which could be down to someone who does not have the right qualifications, or because of negligence from your qualified dental professional.

Some of the most common complications that have brought laser teeth whitening negligence claims include:

– Burns due to the wrong chemical or LED lamp being used
– Allergic reaction
– Chemical burn
– Gum and teeth damage

What are the implications?

The most severe implications of failed laser teeth whitening are chemical burns. These can have lasting effects on the victim’s ability to swallow and digest food and can put the victim through huge amounts of pain.

Most of the other implications are superficial but even these can lead to more serious consequences such as anxiety and depression.

What is a Veneer?

A veneer is a porcelain covering that is made to cover teeth to create the appearance of a natural looking smile. They are normally used on patients that have badly damaged teeth. A Veneer can also be used as an implant to replace missing teeth.

The process of having Veneers fitted can be a lengthy one, which can also be expensive, with the average a full set of Veneers costing £15,000. However, there are some circumstances where veneers are provided on the NHS.

What can go wrong?

Due to the nature of the procedure there can be complications when having Veneers fitted. These include:

– Unsatisfactory result
– Not fitting the mouth correctly
– Teeth becoming loose
– Irritation
– Wounds from surgical instruments whilst fitting the Veneers
– Cracking, chipping and fracturing
– Decay
– Shrinkage of the gums

What are the implications?

Badly fitted veneers can result in oral complications, such as shrinking gums and sensitive teeth. Complications such as these do not just carry physical consequences for the victim; there are also psychological consequences, which are common with most cosmetic procedures. Victims have been known to suffer from future anxieties and possible depression, as a result of the failed procedure.

Unqualified practitioners

In recent years there have been stories in the press about people who have had laser teeth whitening and Veneer fitting procedures performed by unqualified practitioners, which have resulted in serious conditions, such as chemical burns and damage to the mouth structure, such as the gums.

Most of these instances have occurred outside of the UK, although there are cases of dental malpractice within the UK as well.

Legally, cosmetic dental surgeries, such as Laser Teeth Whitening and Veneer fittings, can only be performed by individuals regulated by the General Dental Council (GDC), such as dentists, dental hygienists, dental therapists or clinical dental technicians.

Performing a dental procedure without being regulated by the GDC is a criminal offence and as demonstrated in the above link, can lead to legal sanctions as well as grounds for a compensation claim.

How can we help you?

At Scott Rees and Co we are committed to putting the wellbeing of our clients first. Thanks to our standing within the profession we are able to offer access to some of the best dental surgeons from up and down the UK, who can help with any corrective surgery that may be needed.

We also take into account the psychological damage that a failed cosmetic procedure may have on you and will help you seek the right level of counselling needed to help you conquer any anxiety issues or depression that you may have suffered.

As well as assisting you with corrective surgery and helping you deal with the psychological impacts that failed cosmetic surgery can carry, we also manage every aspect of your claim, from start to finish.

We will ensure that you have the best chance of getting the compensation you need and deserve, as we don’t believe that any one should suffer because of an incident that happened that wasn’t their fault.

How will compensation help?

Compensation can help ensure that any financial burdens, such as loss of earnings from having to take off work, are covered. It can also help to cover the cost of any treatment you require to put right, what initially has gone wrong.

How to make a claim

For free advice, without obligation, as to whether you could make a claim, simply fill in the claim form on the right hand side of the page, or give us a call on your mobile from 01695 722 222 or on a landline on 0800 61 43 61.

If you have any questions about the general claims process, please visit our frequently asked questions page. If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for or want to discuss your laser teeth whitening or veneer procedure compensation claim with one of our personal injury specialists, then give us a call.

No win, no fee

At Scott Rees & Co, all of our solicitors work on a no win no fee basis. This means that, providing that you are open and honest with us and that you follow our instructions throughout the claims process, you won’t have to pay us a penny should we be unsuccessful.

So if you have fallen victim to a cosmetic or plastic surgery procedure that has gone wrong, you have nothing to lose by giving us a call.

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