How Much Can I Claim For Dental Negligence?

By Megan Cullen. Last Updated 2nd February 2024. Have you suffered injuries because of negligent dental treatment? If so, you might ask whether you can start a claim for dental negligence and how much you could potentially claim.

In this guide, we aim to answer these questions and give you further information about dental negligence claims. In the sections below, we look at how solicitors can calculate compensation payouts, how to prove dental negligence and how a personal injury solicitor could help you.

We also look at some examples of dental negligence in detail such as wrong tooth extraction, a misdiagnosis, a missed diagnosis of oral cancer or negligent periodontal disease care.

Whatever type of dental negligence you’ve experienced, we’d be happy to offer you free legal advice on your potential claim.

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How much compensation for dental negligence can I claim guide

How Much Compensation For Dental Negligence Could I Claim?

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  1. How Much Compensation For Dental Negligence Could I Claim?
  2. Am I Eligible To Claim For Dental Negligence Compensation?
  3. Time Limits For Making A Dental Negligence Claim
  4. Types Of Dental Negligence
  5. Do I Need Evidence To Claim For Dental Negligence Compensation?
  6. No Win No Fee Compensation For Dental Negligence
  7. More Information On How Much Compensation For Dental Negligence You Could Claim

How Much Compensation For Dental Negligence Could I Claim?

If you are eligible to sue a dentist, you might be interested in dental negligence payouts. This section looks at how dental compensation is calculated for a successful claim. Two heads could make up your payout.

Firstly, you would claim general damages in a successful claim. This is to compensate for the suffering and pain caused by your dental negligence injury.

We’ve provided rough figures for general damages relating to dental and jaw injuries from the Judicial College Guidelines (JCG) in the table below. The JCG is used by legal professionals to help value claims and was last updated in 2022.

The top entry of this table does not feature within the JCG.

Guideline Compensation Amounts

Type of Injury Notes Compensation Bracket
Multiple Serious Injuries Plus Financial Losses Compensation for several severe injuries as well as their subsequent financial losses, such as medical expenses. Up to £75,000+
Fractures of Jaws (i) Multiple, very serious fractures which require a prolonged course of treatment and lead to permanent consequences which could include paraesthesia, severe pain and restriction on eating. It could also risk arthritis. £30,490 to £45,540
Fractures of Jaws (ii) Serious fractures leading to permanent problems with eating, opening of the mouth, or cases where paraesthesia affects an area of the jaw. £17,960 to £30,490
Fractures of Jaws (iii) Simple fractures that require immobilisation, but where there is a complete recovery. £6,460 to £8,730
Damage to Teeth Chronic tooth pain that lasts for years, with the teeth’s condition deteriorating. Potentially due to an untreated abscess. Up to £38,130
Damage to Teeth (i) Severe damage or loss of several of the front teeth. £8,730 to £11,410
Damage to Teeth (ii) Serious damage or loss of two front teeth. £4,350 to £7,630
Damage to Teeth (iii) Serious damage or loss of one of the front teeth. £2,200 to £3,950
Damage to Teeth (iv) Damage or loss of back teeth. Compensation is awarded on a per tooth basis. £1,090 to £1,710

What Are Special Damages?

Secondly, your dental compensation claim may include a head called special damages. It is under special damages that you could be reimbursed for costs and losses directly related to the injuries you suffered because of dental negligence.

However, you will need to present evidence of your costs, such as receipts, invoices, and wage slips.

Dental negligence payouts could include:

Get in touch with our advisors for a free estimation of your dental compensation.

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Am I Eligible To Claim For Dental Negligence Compensation?

All medical professionals owe you a duty of care when they are providing you with treatment. This duty also extends to dentists.

Per their duty of care, they must ensure that they provide you with the correct standard of care. If this duty is breached, you may suffer harm that could have been avoided and wonder whether you are entitled to negligent dentist compensation.

To have a valid dental negligence claim, you will need to demonstrate:

  1. A dentist owed you a duty of care.
  2. They breached this duty.
  3. Due to this breach, you suffered unnecessary harm.

To discuss your case and receive information regarding potential dental negligence payouts in the UK, you can contact a member of our advisory team.

Time Limits For Making A Dental Negligence Claim

If you are seeking dental compensation, you must file your claim within the limitation period. The Limitation Act 1980 sets this time limit as generally three years from the date of the incident.

However, the three years could also start from the date that you realised (or would have been expected to realise) that the harm you suffered was connected to a dentist providing a substandard level of care. 

Are There Exceptions To The Dental Negligence Claims Time Limit?

Additionally, in certain circumstances, there are exceptions to this limitation period. These include:

  • Those without the mental capacity to initiate legal proceedings themselves. In these cases, an indefinite suspension is applied to the time limit that lasts for as long as the injured party is unable to launch a claim. During this suspension, a court-appointed litigation friend can act on behalf of the injured party. However, if the injured party regains this capacity and a claim was not started for them, they have three years from the date it was deemed they recovered to begin the process. 
  • Those under the age of 18. In these cases, the time limit is frozen until their 18th birthday. During this time, a litigation friend can launch a claim on their behalf. However, once they turn 18, they have three years from that date to file a claim if one was not filed for them already. 

To learn more about the time limit and exceptions that could apply, speak to an advisor by calling the number above. They can also answer other questions, such as how dental negligence payouts in the UK are calculated and what could be awarded for a successful claim.

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Types Of Dental Negligence

There are many different types of dental negligence, including:

Oral Cancer Misdiagnosis

It is vital that dentists diagnose and treat oral cancer as quickly as possible to prevent the worsening of the disease.

Dentists should have the professional knowledge to spot signs of oral cancer, and if they cannot rule out such a diagnosis, they should refer a patient to the appropriate services so that they can get the appropriate diagnosis and treatment.

A failure to refer a patient with signs of mouth cancer could lead the disease to worsen, causing them unnecessary pain and suffering. A missed diagnosis or late diagnosis could affect a patient’s prognosis significantly.

If your dentist has missed the signs of oral cancer and you believe their treatment was negligent, call our advisors to see what your next steps could be.

Negligence In Restorative Dentistry

Restorative dentistry is treatment that a dentist gives in order to keep a patient’s mouth healthy and to repair damage. Restorative treatment could include:

  • An implant
  • Bridge
  • Root canal treatment
  • Crowns
  • Veneers
  • Wisdom teeth removal
  • Root canal treatment

If your restorative dental treatment is negligent, this could mean you have to have further treatment due to its failure. Or, you may suffer pain, trauma and cosmetic damage.

Whatever harm you’ve suffered due to negligent dental treatment, you could be eligible to claim compensation. We would be happy to offer you free legal advice to see if you could claim.

Negligent Periodontal Disease Care

Gum disease could be considered a common complaint. It occurs due to a build-up of plaque on the teeth and can cause bleeding gums, swelling and pain. If left untreated, gum disease could develop into periodontitis.

Periodontal disease can have serious consequences in some cases. If your dentist fails to spot early signs of periodontal disease, it could progress, which could cause suffering, pain and could even lead to teeth being lost. It could even affect the ability of a sufferer to move their jaw properly.

If your dentist fails to diagnose periodontal disease because they ignore the symptoms or doesn’t treat it appropriately, this could be classed as dental negligence.

We could help you connect with a lawyer who could fight for compensation for dental negligence cases involving periodontal disease.

Do I Need Evidence To Claim For Dental Negligence Compensation?

When making a claim for dental negligence compensation, it’s important to make sure that you have enough evidence to support your case.

This is an essential part of the dental negligence claims process, because evidence can demonstrate how severe the harm you suffered is, how it occurred, who is responsible, and how it will affect you going forwards.

Some examples of evidence that you could use to help you claim dental negligence compensation include:

  • Medical and dental records: Your medical and dental records can help illustrate both the harm you’ve suffered and the treatment you have received and will need in order to recover.
  • A symptoms diary: Keeping a diary of the symptoms you experience as a result of the dental procedure that harmed you can help prove how it has affected you.
  • Photographs: Photographs of the harm you have suffered can help illustrate the severity. For example, a picture of where the wrong tooth was extracted.
  • Witness statements: The contact details of anyone who was with you at the time, such as a chaperone or a partner who attended the appointment with you, can be used to take their statements at a later date.

If you choose to work with one of the dental negligence solicitors from our panel, they can help you gather evidence included on this list and more.

To find out if a member of our panel could help you, contact our team of friendly advisors today.

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No Win No Fee Compensation For Dental Negligence

If you are eligible to make a claim for dental compensation, a solicitor from our panel could help you with your case. They may also offer to represent you under a Conditional Fee Agreement (CFA). This is a type of No Win No Fee arrangement.

When working with a solicitor under a CFA for your dental negligence claim, you will not be required to pay them for their services if the claim fails.

Alternatively, if your claim is successful, your solicitor takes a success fee from your compensation award. There is a legal cap on the percentage your solicitor can take as this fee.

To find out if you could be eligible to make a claim for dentist negligence, contact our advisors today.

They could offer you free advice and connect you with a solicitor from our panel if they think you may have a strong case.

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More Information On How Much Compensation For Dental Negligence You Could Claim

Here, you can learn more about dental negligence claims, medical negligence claims, and where to get help.

External Resources

  • Complications With Gum Disease – You can find out about the complications of gum disease on the NHS website.
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia – If the trigeminal nerve is damages, it could lead to trigeminal neuralgia. You can find out more about this condition on the NHS website.
  • Complaining About A Dentist – You can find out how a dentist should deal with complaints on the General Dental Council website.

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