DENTIST PAYS OUT £10K DAMAGES TO 16 YEAR OLD GIRL AFTER YEARS OF TOOTH NEGLECT
A 16-year-old girl has received £10K in damages after years of childhood neglect at the hands of her dentist resulted in her losing two of her teeth and suffering months of pain.
Matilda Bruchard, of Whalley Range in Manchester, was just 5 years old when she first visited her dentist Dr Robert Pridding, of Wood and Wolfstein Dental Practice, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy in Manchester, but by the age of nine she was already suffering tooth decay and was treated with a filling in a back molar.
But the decay had not been treated correctly and continued to worsen despite Matilda attending regular check-ups. Eventually she was forced to return to the dentist with sore gums and what she describes as ‘the worst stabbing tooth ache ever’ in her tooth but the tooth was just sealed and Matilda was prescribed toothpaste for sensitive teeth and sent away. Eventually after repeated visits due to continued pain she returned in April 2014 when at the age of 14 she was finally given an x-ray which showed extensive decay in her left molar. Despite requesting an x-ray of the right side as this was also causing discomfort, she was told this could wait.
Matilda moved to another dentist. He was forced to remove two of her back teeth as they were beyond saving. She explains: “I had been going to that dentist ever since I was little and I trusted him and my dad trusted him too. I had terrible pain in my teeth on a number of occasions but I really thought he was doing the best he could for me. I am so upset that it turns out that all of this could have been avoided if he had just treated me properly.”
Matilda has now had her two teeth removed and says it has had a dramatic impact on her confidence. She explained: “I’m really conscious of it and I try and keep my mouth shut when I can. It’s horrible to feel like this especially when it could have been avoided. Now I’m terrified of the dentist”
Matilda’s dad, Marek Bruchard, described the trauma: “It’s been an absolute nightmare for Matilda and when she was younger it was difficult for her to understand why this had happened to her. It’s affected her confidence and made her teenage years more difficult. We are incredibly disappointed in the dentist.“
Matilda’s Dad Marek contacted Dental Law Partnership for help and they were successful in securing a settlement. Dental Law Partnership’s Heather Owen said of the case: “This was a particularly upsetting case as Matilda was so young when the mistreatment started and it’s had such a profound effect on her at such an important stage in her life.”
An agreed settlement of £10K against Dr Pridding was approved at a court hearing. Dr Pridding neither admitted nor denied liability.