Our client, a 49 year old man from the North East, has recently been awarded £45,000 in an out of court settlement after his dentist provided defective bridge work.
Mr I, who had attended the defendant’s practice since 1989, successfully sued his dentist, Dr M after specialists at a Dental Hospital revealed his bridge work was completed to a very poor standard.
Mr I underwent bridge treatment in May 2005. Four months later the upper left bridge had fallen off completely and had to be re-cemented into place.
Problems continued for Mr I and eventually in February 2009 Mr I decided to change dentists. Mr I’s new dentist immediately detected gum problems and performed deep scaling on his teeth. He noted that extensive treatment would be required and referred Mr I to a specialist at a Dental Hospital for a treatment plan.
There was indeed cause for concern about the quality of the bridge work and root fillings undertaken by Dr M. In a detailed examination, specialists at the Dental Hospital confirmed Mr I’s new dentist’s suspicions that the bridgework was failing and needed to be replaced. Specialists identified that Mr I ’s original dentist had linked too many teeth together with bridges, had provided poor root fillings and the posts used to fix the bridge in place on his 4 front teeth were all too short. The examination revealed that several of Mr I’s teeth in the bridge were decayed – 3 teeth would require fillings and 9 teeth would require root fillings. It didn’t stop there. Mr I was also told that all 14 remaining teeth would need to be crowned and implants would be required to support bridgework.
While Dr M denied liability, the Dental Law Partnership successfully brought a case of dental negligence against Dr M and Mr I was awarded £45,000 in an out of court settlement for corrective treatment, pain and suffering.