Our client, a 47 year old man from the West Midlands, was awarded £50,000 in an out of court settlement after the defendant failed to diagnose and treat his gum disease condition resulting in the future loss of 10 teeth.
Mr A first visited the defendant, Dr P, in 1993 and attended for routine dental treatment, including scale and polishes, until 2009.
It wasn’t until August 2009 that Mr A suspected that something might be wrong with his teeth. He attended a new dentist who after examination confirmed that he was suffering from chronic gum disease and that the prognosis of several of his teeth was very poor. Throughout 2009 and 2010, Mr A attended the new dentist for extensive periodontal treatment including a full mouth detoxification.
It was confirmed that as a result of Dr P’s failure to treat the condition over the sixteen year period, Mr A would lose a total of 10 teeth in the future which will require extensive treatment to replace.
While Dr P neither admitted nor denied liability for his failings, Mr A was successful in bringing a claim against him with the Dental Law Partnership.
Mr A said, “It is hard to believe that my dentist missed the signs of chronic gum disease, but thanks to the Dental Law Partnership, I now have the damages to pay for my extensive restorative treatment”.