Luton man left toothless due to dentists who failed to treat tooth decay
A Luton man has been awarded an out-of-court settlement of £7,000 after his dentists failed to diagnose and treat decay in his upper left molar over a sixth month period. The negligence resulted in him having his tooth removed which could have been avoided.
Andrew Presswell, 50, from Luton visited Houghton Regis Dental Centre and where he was examined by Dr S Parekh and Dr A Mehta between October 2013 and April 2014. It was after a weekend spent in complete agony, that Mr Presswell went back to the dental practice to get some advice as to how to handle pain which was emanating from his upper left tooth.
Mr Presswell said: “I literally looked like someone had beaten me up, it was absolutely awful and the pain was excruciating.”
The discomfort, toothache, pain and infection were a result of chronic infection that had been left untreated by Drs Parekh and Mehta. Mr Presswell was told he would need his tooth removing, to which Mr Presswell agreed.
Post procedure, Mr Presswell was left with more pain following the extraction and ended up going to the accident and emergency department at Luton and Dunstable University Hospital. Mr Presswell had an abscess drained through an incision in his gum. It was the roots left in Mr Presswells gum following the extraction that was causing Mr Presswell continued discomfort.
Mr Presswell continued: “I went to hospital to be treated, I couldn’t drive and I had a massive needle inserted into my gum to remove the pus which was making my face swell up. Once again, I couldn’t believe what was happening to me.”
Mr Presswell then went home after his traumatic episode and returned to the dental practice to get a referral to Dunstable hospital to consider corrective treatment. This process took eleven months and during this time Mr Presswell was booked to go on holiday and the whole treatment procedure jeopardised this. He finally went to the hospital where he had surgery to remove the retained roots in the upper left molar. He then had to take two days off work following this procedure.
Mr Presswell will require further treatment at the upper left molar site in the future including implant therapy and replacement implant retained crowns at regular intervals for the rest of his life. All of which he says could have been avoided if the dentists had done their job properly in the first place.
Mr Presswell said: “Originally, I just thought I had had a really bad time and wasn’t going to do anything about my scenario despite the fact that I was so annoyed. Then, a friend of mine suggested Dental Law Partnership might be able to help me, so I contacted them and was really pleased with how professional they were. I found them excellent and kept me updated on my case. I can’t thank them enough as I have managed to recover some money to pay for my ongoing corrective treatment – this sweetens the blow but I remain dubious of all dentists.”
Trainee Solicitor Georgina France of Dental Law Partnership explained: “Mr Presswell contacted us in the first instance as he really wasn’t sure how to go about claiming compensation for the list of things that had gone wrong. Dr Parekh and Dr Mehta acted without due care to our client and consequently have had to pay damages as a result.”
Mr Presswell contacted the Dental Law Partnership who accepted his case in November 2014 and his case was concluded 13 months later in December 2015 and settled out-of-court for £7,000. The defendants Drs Parekh and Mehta, did not admit liability for their actions.