Bradford boy loses 13 teeth thanks to dentist’s mistakes
A young boy from Bradford has been awarded £9,000 in an out of court settlement after his dentist’s failings led to him losing 13 teeth when he was only three.
Cameron Jackson, now five, was awarded the pay out after his mother Wendy sued Dr Raymond Matloa from Fountain Dental Practice, following his failure to diagnose and treat tooth decay at 13 of Cameron’s teeth.
Wendy said: “I was shocked when I found out that he needed so many teeth taking out and all because the problems hadn’t been recognised until it was too late.
“Cameron had the teeth removed under general anaesthetic, which is quite a traumatic thing for a three year old to go through. He now has trouble eating, as he only has seven teeth left, which can often leave him embarrassed, especially at school.”
Cameron’s lawyer, Heather Williams from specialist dental negligence solicitors the Dental Law Partnership, said: “That Dr Matloa missed decay on so many teeth is completely unacceptable. Although it is baby teeth that Cameron has lost, it will still be a few years before his adult teeth come through. In the meantime, he has to deal with having fewer teeth than he should – something that no one would like to go through, especially at his age.
“Dr Matloa’s failings have left my client with serious damage which, although not permanent, can’t be quickly fixed.”
Wendy continued: “I’m glad that this is settled and we can begin to move on. Cameron’s doing really well and being very brave about the whole thing, which we’re very grateful for. I’m sure once his friends start losing their teeth too he’ll become a lot less sensitive about it all.
“It’s really upsetting to know that this could have been prevented but we’re staying positive and feeling lucky that it was his baby teeth that were affected, not his adult ones.”
Dr Matloa has not admitted liability.