The Dental Law Partnership have recently represented a woman from the South East after two dentists failed to use reasonable care and skill when carrying out a bridge treatment. Following an extensive and painful ordeal, our client was successfully awarded £10,000 in damages.
Mrs O, was a longstanding patient of Dr M and Dr D, repeatedly attending their surgery for check-ups and other routine procedures. Despite the fact she regularly kept a close eye on her oral health and after visiting both dentists over a 5-year period, Mrs O was told that she would require bridgework. She agreed to the treatment as she believed both dentists had her best interests at heart.
Dr M was responsible for the initial examination and the execution of the bridge, whilst Dr D was required to manage the treatment post-procedure. Once fitted Mrs O’s bridge became loose 3 times over the course of a two year period; the third time this occurred Mrs O decided to seek a second opinion on the treatment she had received.
The second opinion revealed that both dentists had failed to acknowledge the decay that was forming in Mrs O’s teeth. Dr M did not use reasonable care and skill in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning in relation to bridge cementation. He used a temporary cement material for the bridge rather than something permanent, causing additional problems for Mrs O. As both dentists failed to diagnose and treat decay prior to the bridgework, Mrs O had suffered as a result. She had to endure the avoidable de-cementation of the bridge multiple times and as her tooth decay was left to progress, her new dentist had to extract one of her teeth. Mrs O will also need to undergo further root canal treatment in order to rectify the mistakes caused by Dr M and Dr D.T
If you have suffered from avoidable pain as a result of your dentist, you may be eligible to make a claim for compensation. Get in touch with our team at the Dental Law Partnership today by calling freephone 0808 149 7951 or contact us online here, or for advice or further information on Dental Bridge Claims visit our advice page here Dental Bridge Advice