Mrs G from the North East was awarded £6,000 in compensation following a shocking case of dental negligence in relation to undiagnosed tooth decay.
Over several years, Mrs G was a regular attendee with her local dentist, Dr R. She was often visiting the surgery for regular check-ups and trusted Dr R when he initially told her there was no issues with her oral health.
She said, “Everything seemed to be fine with my teeth. Dr R did not seem concerned at all until one occasion where he mentioned there were signs of decay.”
Mrs G was shocked at Dr R’s discovery and she was sceptical that he might have missed something if this was the first instance he detected decay. She decided to visit another dentist at a different practice for a second opinion on her teeth and it was only at this point when the extent of the damage came to light.
Mrs G’s examination revealed that Dr R had failed to acknowledge decay which had been developing in her lower left molar over a long period of time. Mrs G was advised to see Dr R to discuss root canal treatment or extraction of the tooth, in the end the tooth was extracted. Had the decay been promptly diagnosed and treated, Mrs G would have received a modest sized restorative procedure, yet Dr R was unsuccessful in detecting the problem.
Mrs G said, “I was in shock that the tooth decay was never picked up. Instead, I’ve had to have the tooth removed and now I’m left with an unsightly and inconvenient space in my mouth.”
Mrs G was unaware that you could claim against your dentist until her friend recommended that she should speak to the Dental Law Partnership. After reviewing the case, our team of skilled dental professionals explained that Mrs G was able to make a case against Dr R. As a result of Dr R’s negligence, Mrs G had to go through an extensive amount of pain and suffered the avoidable loss of her tooth. We were successfully able to secure £6,000 in damages for Mrs G so she could begin to move forward from the ordeal.
If you believe you have suffered from dental malpractice, call our team today on Freephone 0800 0853 823 to discuss your case.