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Expert view

26th January 2010

From time to time life throws many things at us – and some are not so pleasant or at all welcome.

Many people find themselves involved in assaults, sports injuries or road traffic accidents which can all result in damage to their teeth, dental function. aesthetics and stability.

In many situations court cases can emerge – both in the criminal and civil courts.

Compensation claims can also evolve and in these, like the court proceedings, I am often called upon to give my professional opinion.

Part of my role in such cases is to determine what effects the trauma has had on the patient and what treatment may be required to rehabilitate the patient and restore their dental condition.

This takes the form of expert reports and, although time consuming for all those involved, these investigations and assessments can often be the start of the road to recovery – and a more positive outcome – for these patients.

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