A man from the North West has been awarded £17,000 compensation in an out of court settlement after a catalogue of errors left him without two teeth and in need of corrective treatment.
Mr G , 37, sued Dr O after he extracted one of Mr G’s healthy teeth and left two others in a state of decay for years.
Dr O removed a tooth from the upper-right side of Mr G’s mouth in 2010 without taking X-rays. If he had done, he would have seen it was in fact the neighbouring tooth – crowned by Dr O a number of times despite visible signs of decay – that should have been taken out because of chronic infection.
Failure to treat decay in Mr G’s upper-left wisdom tooth led to its avoidable extraction in 2011.
He explained: “I’d been registered at the practice since my early teens but saw Dr O from 2005. Problems started towards the end of 2006 after I broke a tooth on the upper-right side of my mouth. I had a root canal treatment on his advice, but lost the filling in April 2007.
“Dr O then told me the best course of treatment for that tooth was now a crown. He gave me that crown in April and it lasted just eight months before it had to be replaced.”
Mr G returned to the practice a further 13 times over the next two years for crown repairs, root canal treatment in a lower-left tooth, and repeated bouts of infection. Dr O gave Mr G a filling in his upper-left wisdom tooth in March 2010.
Mr G said: “ I had experienced repeated infection on the upper right side of my mouth for over a year when Dr O decided to extract my tooth. I thought it would stop my discomfort but it didn’t.”
Mr G said: “ A month after my tooth was extracted I really started to panic as the right side of my mouth started swelling up. A weird discharge was coming out of the filling in one of my teeth so I went to see Dr O straight away. He advised me that I needed to have another tooth on the upper-right side of my mouth taken out.
“As this was going to be the second tooth I would have to have extracted in as many months I wasn’t happy. I wanted to get a second opinion so registered at a different practice.”
Mr G went to see his new dentist for a consultation soon after.
A series of X-rays taken at the practice revealed the root canal treatment in Mr G’s lower-left tooth was done poorly by Dr O and had become infected. The upper-left wisdom tooth filled in March was so badly decayed that it would likely need to be removed.
The X-ray also confirmed a long-standing chronic infection in Mr G’s crowned tooth.
He said: “I went back again in July with severe pain in the left side of my mouth and found out my wisdom tooth would definitely have to be removed because it was so badly decayed.
“I went back again in November and was advised that I’d need to see a specialist about the teeth on the other side of my mouth. Dr O hadn’t extracted my tooth properly so there were still roots left over and I needed root surgery to the one next to it as it was chronically infected”
Mr G’s upper-left wisdom tooth was removed by his dentist in January 2011.
Leading dental negligence specialists, The Dental Law Partnership (DLP), took on Mr G’s case and was presented with evidence that showed he had suffered as a direct result of Dr O’s treatment.
DLP solicitor Heather Williams said: “Dr O made a number of mistakes during his treatment of my client. There was ample opportunity to treat infection before it became chronic and Dr O extracted one of Mr G’s teeth in February 2010 without supportive evidence to do so.”
Mr G said: “The compensation will go some way towards making up for a miserable few years with my teeth. I am just trying to move on now.”
Dr O neither admitted nor denied liability.