A 37-year-old father of one has received a £12,000 pay out, after a catalogue of failings by a trio of dentists.
Mr W, from the West Midlands area, has recently spoken out after he received negligent treatment by three different dentists over a six year period from 2006 to 2012. The severe maltreatment by Dr R, Dr J and Dr M included the failure of an ill-fitting bridge and preventable tooth loss.
A visit to the dental practice in 2006 revealed that Mr W needed a replacement bridge. “After having an original bridge fitted by the NHS. I was advised that I needed a second bridge procedure done by a private dentist. The treatment cost me around £1,000 but it fell out while I was eating a slice of cake only six months after it was fitted, despite being told that it would last for six to seven years. I had it fixed in March 2006 and it failed in the summer. I’m annoyed because implant treatment could have been a long term option.”
Following the failure of the bridge, Mr W returned to the dental practice between the summer of 2006 and 2007 and attended six separate appointments. The bridge was fixed but fitted badly, because of the poor fit he lost one of his teeth as it became so badly damaged by the bridge. Mr W further suffered when the extraction site became infected. The loss of this tooth now requires replacement with an implant.
Mr W continued to attend the practice until 2012 until he got so fed up with the constant visits that he went for a second opinion. A new dentist brought to his attention untreated decay, which would need remedial treatment. Due to the dentists failure to treat decay and restore the teeth in a timely fashion Mr W now requires root canal treatment. The teeth could have been restored with minimal or moderate fillings, however they will now require crowning for the rest of the clients life
Lawyers at the Dental Law Partnership took on Mr W’s case in September 2012, eventually reaching an out-of-court settlement for £12,000 in April 2015. The dentists never admitted liability.
Jonathan Owen, associate solicitor at Dental Law Partnership who pursued Mr W’s case, said: “All three dentists let Mr W down. Dr R, Dr J and Dr M failed to use reasonable care and skill in the assessment, diagnosis and timely treatment of decay over multiple years. As a result of their negligence, the patient suffered physically and mentally and has to endure prolonged dental treatment to correct the failings.”