A 54 year old female client of the Dental Law Partnership has been awarded £8,000 compensation after receiving poor root canal treatment which resulted in nearly 16 years of discomfort and will lead to the loss of a tooth.
The Claimant, from Surrey, sued a London dentist after been given unsatisfactory root canal treatment on an upper tooth.
She first attended the Defendant’s dental practice in September 1994 when the routine root canal procedure was performed on the tooth. Radiographs taken at the same practice a year later revealed that the root filling was actually fitted too short.
The Claimant attended an emergency appointment in October 1997 after experiencing swelling around the tooth and the tooth next to it. A radiograph revealed that the root filling was between 1 and 1½ cm too short. Antibiotics were prescribed to the treat the swelling. The Claimant was offered extraction or surgery to remove the infection but chose to leave the tooth alone.
In December 1998 the Claimant began experiencing tenderness at the tooth root. At an appointment in January 1999 however, the tooth was deemed stable.
Problems continued when in September 2005 the Claimant attended another dentist after experiencing further swelling around the tooth. At this appointment she was advised that further root canal treatment would be necessary to restore the tooth to health. This was confirmed by another dentist in September 2007 and an X-ray revealed an abscess on the tooth. Repeat root canal treatment was undertaken in October 2007.
The following year pus began leaking from the tooth and a consultant at a dental hospital in April 2008 confirmed that the tooth had not responded to conventional root canal treatment.
Repeat root canal treatment was again completed on the tooth in September 2008 by a specialist Endodontist.
The Claimant will require implant treatment to have the gap in her teeth restored.
The case was settled out of court with the Claimant receiving damages of £8,000.