A woman from the South East has received £8,000 after her dentist performed a series of unnecessary and unsatisfactory treatments on a tooth which will inevitably result in it being lost in the near future.
Miss E, 44, sued Dr A after he replaced a filling unnecessarily and then undertook a woefully inadequate root canal treatment on the same tooth.
Dr A carried out the root canal treatment in November 2011, a month after the original filling, but undertook the procedure without reasonable skill or care which then led to complications.
Miss E said: “I knew something was wrong because my tooth stayed very tender for weeks and caused me constant pain and discomfort.”
After several weeks with no improvement Miss E decided to get advice from another dentist and was told that Dr A had performed a wholly inadequate root canal treatment, which had led to the infections.
She said: “I was relieved to find out why I was in such pain, but then really upset when I was told I would lose the tooth and would need an expensive implant to replace it.”
Evidence provided to Miss E’s lawyer, from the leading dental negligence solicitors the Dental Law Partnership, showed the treatment provided by Dr A was both poorly executed and carried out without any medical justification.
Miss E ended: “I’m devastated this has happened to me. You do tend to trust the dentist when he recommends a course of treatment and it is shocking when it is both not needed and then badly done. Hopefully I can now put things right and get on with my life.”
Dr A did not admit liability.