Woman receives £14,000 compensation for untreated tooth decay and gum disease
Our client, a 32 year old woman from the North West, was awarded £14,000 in an out of court settlement after her dentist failed to treat her tooth decay and gum disease.
Miss A successfully sued her dentist Dr B, after a trip to another dental surgery revealed that she had several decayed teeth and severe gum disease, which had been left untreated for a number of years.
Miss A first attended Dr B’s practice in 1998 when she was 17. Dr B performed routine examinations during his period of care. Radiographs taken from examinations in 2002 showed that 5 teeth had decay present on them and bone loss was apparent. Antibiotics were prescribed and 4 teeth were filled by Dr B but 4 teeth were left totally untreated.
Unaware of her underlying dental problems, Miss A accepted the care that she was receiving from Dr B. It wasn’t until she attended a new dentist in January 2008 that she was informed that she had severe bone loss due as a result of gum disease, and deep tooth decay at 4 teeth.
Although Dr B admitted partial liability for his negligence, his failure to adequately carry out screening for tooth decay and gum disease resulted in a very limited prognosis for Miss A’s teeth. She now faces the accelerated loss of 10 of her teeth.
Miss A will use the damages which the Dental Law Partnership has helped her win, to have implants fitted to replace the teeth she will lose in the future.