Crewe woman awarded over £6k as dentists’ failures lead to tooth loss
A local woman has been awarded £6,500 in an out of court settlement after suffering dental mistreatment which led to her losing three teeth.
Ruth Bale, 67, from Betley, sued Dr J Mohamed and Ms Jane Dougherty, after both failed to spot tooth decay in a timely manner while practising at Highfields Dental Surgery.
Ruth had visited Ms Dougherty regularly between 2005 and 2009 and, in March 2012, she saw another dentist at the practice, Dr Mohamed, who told her that she needed a crown fitting.
“Dr Mohamed carried out the remedial treatment but I was still experiencing a lot of pain,” Ruth explained. “In April 2012 I visited a different dentist where I had the tooth which Dr Mohamed had crowned extracted along with the tooth next to it.”
Evidence provided for Ruth’s lawyer, Daniel Kinnear from the UK’s leading dental negligence law firm, the Dental Law Partnership, showed that both dentists had failed to spot decay on Ruth’s teeth, which led to them needing to be removed.
Kinnear explained: “Ms Dougherty had missed decay at two adjacent teeth. When Dr Mohamed took over Ruth’s care, he placed a crown at one of these teeth when it had already deteriorated to such an extent that extraction was the only viable treatment option.
The level of dentistry that has been demonstrated here is sub-standard and has resulted in my client going through a traumatic time and suffering permanent damage.”
Ruth now requires restorative treatment in the future to fill the spaces in her dentition. Ruth said: “It’s really upsetting that I received such poor care from not one but two dentists. You trust your dentist and never think that something like this would happen. I’m glad I can finally put it all behind me though and move on from this now. The money is going towards paying to put their damage right.”
Neither dentist has admitted liability.