Our client, a 37 year old woman from the South East, has recently recovered £17,000 in an out court settlement, from a dentist who provided poor cosmetic dental treatment at ten of her teeth.
Mrs R decided to improve the appearance of her top teeth and opted to have some cosmetic dentistry completed under the care of her dentist, Dr S. In April 2007 Dr S fitted crowns at her UR5 and UL5 (molars towards the back of the mouth) and placed veneers at the 8 upper teeth in between.
Problems began for Mrs R just a year later when the veneers on her front 2 teeth fell off. Dr S re-cemented both veneers back in place but the veneer on her left top tooth wouldn’t bond and after several attempts at repeating the procedure, Dr S chose to fit a crown on her front tooth. This was unsuccessful too, however it wasn’t until Mrs R attended a specialist at a Dental and Implant centre in November 2011 that she was informed that the crowns and veneers that Dr S had completed in April 2007 were all of a poor fit.
It didn’t stop there for Mrs R. She was also horrified to learn that there was in fact decay present underneath one of the veneers and that 4 of the teeth that Dr S had fitted veneers and crowns to would need to be extracted.
While Dr S denied liability for the substandard cosmetic treatment he provided to Mrs R, the Dental Law Partnership successfully brought a case of dental negligence against him and Mrs R intends to use the damages to have replacement implants, crowns and veneers fitted to restore her teeth.