Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP – Specialist Dental Negligence Solicitors: Fractured Instruments

Here at Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP, we have a specialist Dental Negligence Department dealing with a variety of dental negligence claims. Your case will be handled by a fully qualified Solicitor who specialises in claims of this type.

We can assist in cases concerning fractured dental instruments.

 When undergoing dental treatment, and in particular, root canal treatment, the instruments used are fine needle like files.  Due to their thinness, the files are prone to unpredictable fracture.

 The fact that an instrument has fractured leaving a piece of the instrument in the gum is not however usually caused as a result of negligence.  


 Although the fracture of instruments can simply occur through no fault of the dentist, it is important that dentists know how to deal with and treat these incidents.  It is recommended that all instruments are examined when withdrawn from the tooth so that, coupled with the post operative radiographs, the dentist will always be aware if a fracture has occurred.

 In the event of an instrument fracturing within a root canal, it is essential to advise the patient so that they can be involved in whatever decisions are made regarding future of the tooth.  The first step would usually be to attempt to remove the fragment. The success of this will depend upon the amount of instrument retained and its position within the tooth.

 If left undetected, the piece of fractured instrument may lead to infection and root treatment failure, thereby resulting in the loss of the tooth.

 If you believe you have suffered an injury as a result of poor dental treatment, we would recommend that you contact us to arrange a free consultation with a specialist dental negligence Solicitor. 

 Gregory Abrams Davidson LLP specialise in obtaining compensation for client’s who have sustained injury as a result of Medical and Dental Negligence. We have many years of experience dealing with claims against hospitals (both NHS and Private), dentists and general practitioners. Examples include claims arising as a result of negligently performed operations, misdiagnosis of cancer, injuries arising as a result of negligently performed cosmetic surgery and injuries sustained at birth.

 We have offices in Liverpool City Centre, Garston Village and Allerton.  If you would like to enquire about a potential Medical or Dental Negligence claim, contact a member of our Team on 0151 733 3353. Calls can be taken 24 hours a day or e-mail us at