Cosmetic Dentistry Claims

Cosmetic dentistry has become an important investment to those wanting to transform their smile or appearance. But it can be devastating if it goes wrong.

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What are the different types of cosmetic dentistry?

Cosmetic treatments for your teeth tend to be elective – you choose to have it done, rather than is been essential treatment. Popular procedures include:

  • Teeth whitening
    Sometimes also referred to as teeth bleaching, the dentist makes up gum trays in the shape of your teeth. You fill the trays with whitening gel and put them over your teeth to gradually whiten them. Another option is laser whitening, where a bleaching gel is used with laser heat to make it work faster.
  • Dental veneers
    Veneers tend to be porcelain and are fitted over your existing teeth to improve your smile and appearance. They are custom-made by dentists.
  • Crowns
    For teeth that are broken, the entire outer surface of the tooth is replaced.
  • Dental implants
    If you have lost teeth, dental implants are custom-made replacement teeth that are anchored into your jaw, making them a more permanent solution than dentures.
  • Composite bonding (cosmetic bonding)
    This is a repair process where a type of bonding resin is used to fill holes or chipped and damaged teeth. Once the bonding has been shaped and matched to your teeth, it is set using high-intensity light.

Why make a claim?

Dental complaints arise when procedures have either gone wrong, or the customer is not happy with the standard of care and treatment they’ve received. 

We’ve helped people who’ve been left in physical and emotional pain when veneers have gone wrong, or they’ve had recurring dental implants problems due to sub-standard work.

If this happens to you, not only should you claim for the awful experience you’ve been through, you will probably also need to finance having the mistake corrected, which can be costly and time-consuming.

If a dental professional has injured you, or carried out bad dental work, it’s your right to bring them to justice and claim financial damages.

More about making a claim

How can First4Lawyers help?

First4Lawyers have years of experience in helping people with No Win No Fee dental negligence claims (not applicable in Scotland or Northern Ireland for medical negligence).

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Where we offer No Win No Fee services typically customers pay 25% of the amount recovered by our solicitors, although this will be subject to your individual circumstances and the actual fee may be less than this but it will never be more. Success fees are common practice and they were introduced when the law changed in April 2013.

First4Lawyers are an award winning claims management company with a track record of delivering service that our clients love.

Our friendly advisors will listen to your situation and let you know whether you have a case. Our expert solicitors will then help you put a claim together, so that you don’t have to worry about the practicalities and stress – and just focus on correcting what has gone wrong.

How much compensation will I receive for cosmetic dentistry medical negligence?

Cosmetic dentistry is a complicated and varied subject. Claims are worked out based on your individual circumstances, as well as taking into account any losses you have suffered.

As a general example though, the loss or damage of a single tooth can receive amounts between £1,930 and £3,460, whereas an accident or injury that has left you with significant, chronic tooth pain can be awarded general damages of up to £33,430. See our compensation calculator for more examples.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

The time limit for making a claim tends to be three years from the day it happened, but where medical negligence is concerned it can be longer, as your symptoms may take a while to emerge. Where that is the case you have three years from the ‘date of knowledge’, or the date you found out the damage and likely cause.

I think I have a claim, what do I do next?

If you’ve experienced sub-standard treatment while have a cosmetic dental procedure, you should get in touch with us for a no-obligation chat. We can talk you through the details and advice you whether you have a case. Our advisors have lots of experience in dealing with medical negligence and will outline your options and any next steps.

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