Our client, a 64 year old woman from the Midlands has been awarded £12,000 in an out of court settlement after her dentist provided an implant retained denture of an unacceptable standard.
In September 2008 Mrs H attended the defendant, Dr M, to discuss implant treatment options to make a denture in her lower jaw more permanent. Mrs H informed Dr M that she played the flute and that this exerted pressure onto her lower teeth but Dr M continued to plan a treatment that involved placing dentures over implants to replace 4 of her bottom teeth. The work was carried out in September 2008 but just five days later the implants replacing two of her bottom teeth had fallen out.
Mrs H went back to Dr M to have the missing implants re-fitted in January 2009 and again in June to have the lower denture adjusted. However, still experiencing problems with her denture, in July 2009 she attended another dentist to get a second opinion. She was unable to play her flute, was experiencing speech problems and food was getting trapped. X-ray pictures taken by this new dentist revealed that Mrs H had lost bone around two of the implant fixtures, and the denture was of a very poor fit.
The new dentist referred Mrs H to a specialist who confirmed his suspicions. In March 2010 Mrs H underwent extensive restorative treatment including having the denture removed and new implants placed in the bottom jaw.
Although still not able to play her flute to the standard she could before the treatment, Mrs H is pleased with the damages the Dental Law Partnership has recovered in her claim against Dr M.
Dr M did not admit liability for the negligence.