Malpractice is a dental care provider’s negligence by act or omission when the care provided is not within the accepted standards of practice and negatively affects the patient’s well-being. The first medical malpractice suit, which was won in 1976, ushered in the advent of patients’ rights, allowing patients to sue if the provider does not adequately diagnose and treat periodontal diseases.26

Malpractice has undoubtedly improved dental care because of quality assurance and risk management mechanisms that were put in place to avoid malpractice issues. Basically, these mechanisms help prevent malpractice issues from occurring, which helps improve care and subsequent outcomes.