Periodontal Disease

If you’ve developed periodontitis as a result of poor dentistry, then you may have a medical negligence claim.


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Undiagnosed gum disease, such as gingivitis, can develop into serious and painful periodontal disease. It’s important that your dentist monitors the health of your gums as well as your teeth.

What is periodontal disease?

"Perio" means around and "dontal" refers to teeth. Periodontal diseases – also referred to as periodontitis – are infections of the structures around the teeth, caused by the bacteria in dental plaque.

Gingivitis – a gum infection – can be an early stage of periodontal disease. More advanced forms of the disease can affect surrounding tissues, ligament and bone. Teeth can become loose and may fall out.

There is no cure for periodontal disease, but early intervention can help prevent it from developing further.

Why make a claim for dental negligence?

If you’ve received sub-standard dentistry, making a claim not only raises awareness of the problem, it also means you have financial acknowledgement of your suffering.

More about making a claim

Periodontal negligence could include:

  • Conditions undiagnosed and untreated
  • Conditions not referred
  • Lack of suitable advice and guidance

How can First4Lawyers help?

Get in contact with us and tell us what has happened. We can then look at your individual case and advise you whether you have a claim. We offer a free consultation with no obligation to proceed with anything.  

If you do have a claim, we will also explain our No Win No Fee service (not applicable in Scotland or Northern Ireland for medical negligence), which means you won’t have to pay any costs upfront.

Only pay a fee if you receive compensation

Our No Win No Fee solicitors will take a success fee from the compensation you are awarded for a successful claim in the form of a percentage of your damages. This could be up to 25% but it won't be more than that, except in cases of road traffic accidents and housing disrepair. Changing laws mean our solicitors will now take a payment of 35% of the final compensation amount plus VAT for all road traffic accident and housing disrepair claims.

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

How much compensation will I receive?

That very much depends on the level of dental negligence and how it has affected you.

Our compensation calculator gives an idea of the amounts you could be awarded, but a chat with our advisors will give you advice tailored to your individual circumstances.

Is there a time limit for making a claim?

You usually have three years in which to make a claim from the date the negligence occurred, or you became aware of it.

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

Get in touch with us for a free consultation. You can call us or request a callback to tell us when to call you.

We’ll ask you about your situation and go through your options with you. No fuss, no pressure – just a conversation.


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