North West woman receives £10,000 in damages after dentist failed to diagnose gum disease
Miss W was a regular patient with Dr O for just under a decade. She trusted that her dentist would inform her of any worries or potential problems with her teeth. However, Miss W was let down by Dr O when he failed to correctly diagnose, monitor and treat gum disease.
Despite her regular check-ups, Dr O failed to diagnose Miss W’s gum disease. The condition went unmonitored and untreated for 8 years. After noticing that her front teeth had moved creating a visible gap Miss W decided to visit another dentist to get a second opinion on the situation, this was when the extent of the damage was revealed.
An examination of Miss W’s teeth showed how the gum disease had progressed, and highlighted the neglect that she had suffered at the hands of Dr O. Dr O had completely miss-managed Miss W’s periodontal condition. Had Dr O diagnosed, monitored and treated Miss W’s gum disease during her regular check-ups the gum disease would have been brought under control and Miss W’s S teeth would not have moved position causing the visible gap that she is now left with.
In order to rectify the issue, Miss W will need to undergo orthodontic treatment to move her front teeth back into alignment. She will also have to undergo intensive treatment and maintenance for her gum disease three monthly intervals.
Miss W has found her failure in treatment to be very embarrassing, painful and inconvenient, and she feels very let down by the dentist she trusted with her care over many years.
After the Dental Law Partnership was approached by Miss W, we explained that she had the grounds to make a compensation claim against Dr O as a result of the poor level of care she had received. We were able to successfully secure £10,000 in damages for our client
If you would like to speak to experts in dental negligence about a potential claim or if you have any questions about the process, please get in touch with the Dental Law Partnership by calling 0808 274 6294 or using our online form.