Orthodontics is a specialty within the field of dentistry focusing on correcting ill-fitting teeth and other issues related to teeth realignment. While practicing dentists may also specialize in orthodontia, orthodontists usually focus solely within this particular discipline.
The field of orthodontics provides several forms of treatment, some of which involves dental surgery. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is performed as a corrective measure for defects or injuries related to the teeth or jaw of a patient. Orthodontists also address issues with bite, gaps in teeth, and aligning the teeth, lips, and jaw. Because of the nature of conditions being treated in orthodontia, pain management must often be utilized for the comfort of each patient with pain-related injuries or conditions in their teeth or jaws.
While some medical professionals working with dental practice solely in orthodontics, others may also focus in additional forms of dentistry, including restorative dental work, endodontics, periodontics, cosmetic dentistry, occlusion, and other medical conditions and treatment.
Similar to litigation arising in other medical fields, lawsuits over orthodontics-related situations may include medical malpractice, a misdiagnosis, errors occurring in surgical procedures, an undesirable result to orthodontic work, or defective dental equipment. Since orthodontic work is often a cosmetic procedure, the patient must be properly informed as to what the results will be in terms of appearance and comfort.
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