Our client, a 47 year old woman from the South East, was awarded £10,000 in an out of court settlement after a dentist provided substandard implant treatment to replace a front tooth.
Miss U first attended the relevant dentist, Mr L an implant specialist, in April 2004 when she was referred for a consultation about implant treatment to replace her missing upper left front tooth.
In February 2005 Mr L placed an implant in the space but problems began the following month when Miss U began to experience swelling and puffiness of her face in the mornings and pain when she wiped her nose. Mr L reassured Miss U that this was due to healing and symptoms would disappear after two months.
Unfortunately six months later, Miss U was still experiencing discomfort in the area around the implant and tenderness around the outside of her lip. However with Mr L’s advice, in December 2005 Miss U returned to her regular dentist and had a temporary implant-supported crown placed at the site.
In June 2006, prior to having a permanent crown placed on the implant, Miss U saw another dentist who noted swelling and tenderness around the site and suspected that the implant may have broken through into her nasal cavity. Problems continued for Miss U when the crown fell off while she was travelling abroad. On her return to the UK Miss U attended another specialist for a second opinion and was advised that the implant had indeed failed and would need to be removed and replaced.
Miss U sought legal assistance with the Dental Law Partnership and was successful in bringing a claim against Mr L to pay for the remedial treatment.
It was alleged by Miss U that the implant had been inappropriately angled but throughout the claim Mr L continued to deny liability for Miss U’s losses, despite paying out £10,000 in damages.