Our client Mrs I from the East Midlands has been awarded a £5,000 out of court settlement after her dentist’s lack of skill when carrying out root canal treatment (RCT) resulted in her losing a tooth.
Mrs I had regularly attended her dentist Dr A for a number of years. In June 2011 she visited complaining of pain and discomfort, upon examination it was discovered that the filling at one her teeth was causing disturbance to the nerve. Dr A recommended that the best course of treatment was either root canal treatment or extraction. Wanting to save the tooth Mrs I chose to undergo root canal treatment.
Mrs I attended a new dentist in July 2011 as, after repeated courses of antibiotics she was still suffering from pain in her tooth. Her new dentist informed her that when Dr A was carrying out the root canal procedure he had perforated the root of her tooth. Her new dentist gave Mrs I the option of having another root canal but advised her that due to the damage that Dr A had caused to her tooth, the long term success of this procedure was very slim. Mrs I had to have the tooth extracted.
Due to Dr A’s lack of skill when carrying out a routine root canal treatment Mrs I has had to undergo avoidable remedial treatment including the provision of an implant to fill the gap in her teeth.
Dr A did not admit liability however the Dental Law Partnership were able to secure a £5,000 settlement for Mrs I ‘I am so grateful to DLP that I now have the funds to fix the mistakes my dentist has made.’