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Yes, you may have a good medical malpractice case. At the very least, it deserves further investigation.
The question in any medical malpractice case, or any negligence case, for that matter, is typically whether the doctor fell below the standard of a reasonable doctor (or, in your case, a reasonable dentist).
So, in your case, you would need to hire a lawyer who will engage an expert to look at your dental records and your current needs and see if whatever it was that your previous dentist missed is something that he should have detected - or, to put it another way, whether a reasonable dentist would have diagnosed the problem sooner.
Assuming the dentist was negligent, the second question your expert would have to answer is whether the problems you are facing now would have been avoided had the first dentist not been negligent.
Clearly, you need an dental expert to answer those questions with any sort of authority. However, based on what you've said, it one would logically think that these sorts of issues should have been caught. As such, you have the beginings of a good case.
Also, keep in mind that beyond the costs you will incurr to repair the damage, you can also sue for pain and suffering.
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There may not be one that specializes in dental malpractice, but there are plenty that do medical malpractice.
If you need help finding a firm, you can use www.martindale.com or www.lawyers.com. Both are reputable lawyer referral websites and both rate lawyers, so you can be sure you are getting quality representaton.
Yes, you have a right to your records. So, with your authorization, your attorney should be able to get those records. If the dentist won't turn them over, you can report her to the dental board.
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