Our client Ms O, a 42 year old woman from the South of England has been awarded £28,000 in an out of court settlement after her dentist failed to treat her gum disease which will result in her losing all of her teeth, a decade earlier than if her dentist has carried out the appropriate treatment.
Ms O, first visited her dentist Dr I, in 2005 and attended regularly over the next 5 years. Ms O on a number of occasions reported to her dentist that she was suffering from bleeding gums; her dentist failed to provide any treatment and failed to carry out any examination into the health of her gums. In 2010 Ms O visited a new dentist as she was starting to notice gaps appearing between her upper teeth. Her new dentist diagnosed her with severe gum disease and this was the reason her teeth were moving; Ms O required a referral to a specialist for further diagnosis and treatment.
Due to Dr I’s failure to perform routine checks on Ms O’s teeth and gums to ensure their health, Ms O will suffer the loss of the entirety of her teeth, a decade earlier than if her problems had been treated.
Dr I did not admit liability, however with the help of the Dental Law Partnership Ms O has successfully managed to secure £28,000 to cover the cost of future treatment. Ms O commented ‘ I could not believe that such a routine process was not carried out by my dentist, I am so grateful to the Dental Law Partnership that they have helped me receive the funds to fix this.’