Ludwig’s Angina Due to Dental Malpractice
Ludwig’s angina is a serious skin infection that can occur on the bottom of the mouth and under the tongue. This can lead to swelling, infection and inflammation in the mouth and cause fever, airway blockages, septic shock and even death if left untreated. When Ludwig’s angina is caused by an improper dental procedure or is not diagnosed by the dentist, it can be a case of dental malpractice.
Causes and Symptoms Ludwig’s Angina
Ludwig’s angina is a bacterial infection that can occur due to poor oral hygiene, tooth infections, lacerations in the mouth or after invasive dental treatments like tooth extractions. A skin infection occurs on the floor of the mouth that can cause serious health problems. Some of the symptoms include:
- A large bump under the tongue
- Swelling of the tongue, lower mouth and under the chin
- Difficulty swallowing, breathing
- Pain in the mouth, neck or ear
- Redness in the mouth and neck area
- Fever, weakness, unclear speech and mental confusion
If these symptoms occur after a dental procedure, especially oral surgery, it is important to see a medical or dental professional. Ludwig’s angina can also be present when you have a tooth infection or abscess that needs treatment.
Dental Negligence and Ludwig’s Angina
Dental negligence can lead to Ludwig’s angina and other health complications when it is either not diagnosed or could have been prevented. Dentists that ignore the symptoms of Ludwig’s angina in their patient can allow the infection to progress and become life-threatening. Dentists should also advise the patient of possible signs of infection after an extraction or oral surgery to prevent serious complications from Ludwig’s angina.
If you have suffered Ludwig’s angina after a dental procedure or it was not diagnosed promptly by your dentist, contact Moriarty Injury Lawyer today for your consultation. We can explore whether you have a dental malpractice case and could receive compensation for your expenses and injuries.