How Dental Malpractice Can Cause TMJ

Blog submitted by Dane Levy, Attorney of, a provider of legal services for those injured by dental malpractice in California.

The jaw is one of the most useful parts of our skull. We use it for biting, chewing, and talking. Because of this, it is especially uncomfortable when our jaw joints are afflicted with TMJ or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. This condition occurs when the jaw joint and the muscles surrounding it experience pain, discomfort, or difficulty moving. It can be caused by inflammation, strain, or dental malpractice.

Negligent dentists can be responsible for this painful condition when installing veneers and other bridgework. Dentists often need to grind down teeth before applying bridgework. Botching this procedure can lead to nerve injuries and uneven bites that result in TMJ. For this procedure to be successful, dentists must be precise when grinding down teeth and they must make sure that the bridgework fits. Carelessness cannot be tolerated, as it could lead to permanent damage.

If you have suffered from TMJ as a result of a botched bridgework procedure, you may be able to sue your dentist for dental malpractice. Dental malpractice lawsuits help ensure victims are compensated for their pain and distress, and they also hold dental professionals accountable to their profession’s standard of care. You’ll need a good dental malpractice lawyer to demonstrate that your dentist violated the dental standard of care and that their carelessness directly resulted in your injuries.

If you’re looking for a dental malpractice lawyer in California, contact Attorney Dane Levy at the Levy Law Firm. His years of experience, dental school education, and track record of winning high-profile malpractice cases will guide you through the process of seeking compensation.