• A 31 year old man from West Yorkshire has lost a tooth after his dentist consistently failed to spot and treat decay.
• Client suffered from agonising pain after root canal treatment and still suffers from discomfort when he eats.
• £5,000 awarded in compensation
Mr T a 31 year old man from West Yorkshire has been awarded £5,000 in compensation from his local dentist with the help of specialist dental negligence solicitors The Dental Law Partnership. Mr T suffered from pain and discomfort after his dentist’s poor treatment and failure to treat decay in a reasonable time, which resulted in Mr T losing a tooth.
Mr T first made an appointment to see his regular dentist in April 2016 when he had started to experience pain is his tooth.
“I had been with my dental practice since 2001 and I trust them. I was led to believe my teeth were in good health and there wasn’t any issues”
His dentist carried out an X-ray on his tooth and provided Mr T with a filling.
Mr T continued to regularly see his dentist, but within a few month he had started to experience pain in his jaw and lumps on the left hand side of his mouth. An appointment was made and Mr T was given antibiotics from his dentist to treat an infection in his tooth.
“I was quite shocked that I had developed an infection in my tooth because I thought my dentist had sorted the discomfort I was feeling with the filling he gave me. “I trusted the dentists would tell me if something was wrong. Before I left the practice I was prescribed antibiotics so I thought that would be the end of it and the pain would ease”
But the pain returned and the following spring Mr T had to have a round of root canal treatment.
A month after the root canal had finished Mr T attended another appointment after he experienced days in agonising pain and he was prescribed yet again more antibiotics.
“I returned to my dentist numerous times because the pain would not go, I was in agony, my gums were so painful and my mouth was swollen, in hindsight all the appointments I attended seems ridiculous, my dentist should of spotted this earlier.”
By November 2017 Mr T was in such unbearable pain in his he opted for the extraction on his tooth.
“The whole ordeal was a nightmare, later, I was also told my dentist had poorly done my root canal treatment which caused further infection to my tooth”
Mr T contacted the Dental Law Partnership. Analysis of his dental records revealed that his dentist had consistently failed to spot and treat decay that was clearly visible on x-rays. He had to undergo an avoidable root canal treatment and also lost a tooth”
Rob Pettit of the Dental Law Partnership commented: “The distress and pain our client experienced was completely unnecessary. If the dentist had carried out adequate treatment in the first place, all his problems could have been avoided.”
The Dental Law Partnership took on Mr T’s case in 2017. The case was successfully settled in 2018 when the dentists paid £5,000 in an out of court settlement. The dentist did not admit liability.