Dentist fails to monitor bridgework over 10 year period leaving North East man with extensive decay and resulting in £37,500 damages award.
Despite being a regular attendee at his local dental surgery, Mr L from the North East suffered from a shocking spell of neglect by Dr R, resulting in a compensation amount of £37,500 obtained for him by the Dental Law Partnership.
Mr L was a regular patient of Dr R and attended check-ups to have his teeth consistently reviewed. It was 12 years ago when Dr R advised Mr L that he required bridgework and he was fitted with three bridges. Mr L agreed to the treatment and believed Dr R would do a professional job. Unfortunately, what was to come following the procedure was not expected.
Over the years Mr L continued to attend appointments with Dr R, yet no regular monitoring or x-rays of the bridgework were completed. It was only in 2015 when a new dentist at the practice stood in for Dr R who revealed the true extent of his botched dental work and gross decay beneath the bridgework. Despite numerous opportunities to intervene, Dr R failed to carry out basic preventative dentistry and monitoring of Mr L’s dentition, only providing reactive dentistry once the teeth began to fail. Mr L was left with appalling levels of decay in ten of his teeth, which will eventually require extraction.
As it stands, Mr L has so far lost six of his teeth and will undergo root canal treatment at three others. He will also face the future loss of more teeth as a result of Dr R’s lack of care. Mr L said, “I thought I was doing the right thing attending appointments often in order to keep on top of any potential problems, so I was not expecting this outcome.”
Mr L has suffered extensive pain and the inconvenience of multiple failed restorations, as well as an untreated infection, tooth extractions and remedial treatments in order to repair the damage. After coming to the Dental Law Partnership with his case, Mr L was in clear distress regarding the treatment he had received. We successfully fought his case resulting in a £37,500 compensation amount which was awarded to our client.
Dental negligence can occur over long periods of time, so if you think that something similar has happened to you, get in touch with the Dental Law Partnership today by calling freephone 0800 271 6955 or contact us online here. For more information on Dental Bridge Claims visit our advice page here Dental Bridge Claims.