Worcestershire woman receives £35K after dentist blunder
A local woman has received £35,000 in an out of court settlement after a dentist’s misdiagnosis led to her losing multiple teeth.
Helen Parker, 67, from Pershore, sued Dr G Sharples after he failed to identify properly and treat gum disease over a period of eight years when he was practising at Abbey Dental Practice, which led to her losing five teeth.
Helen said: “I visited Dr Sharples regularly between 2001 and 2009. During that time I experienced some pain and sensitivity, which led to teeth being removed, but I never thought that it might be due to his negligence – I trusted Dr Sharples and never thought to question him.”
It was after Helen visited a new dentist in April 2009 that she realised why she had been experiencing so many problems. “I was told that I had severe gum disease which, as well as previous problems, has caused a further three teeth to become loose”, she explained. “My new dentist was shocked that this hadn’t been picked up on before.”
Helen Coleman, director of the UK’s leading specialist dental negligence law firm, the Dental Law Partnership, said: “We were advised that by the time Helen had changed dentist, she had already lost between 50 to 60% of the bone in her lower jaw.
Coleman explained: “The extent of the damage caused by the gum disease was really serious. As well as bone loss, the roots of Helen’s teeth had been damaged, along with the teeth themselves, making it likely that Helen will lose a further 11 teeth in the next 10 years.
“It is shocking that Dr Sharples did not pick up on this sooner. If he had, our client would have been spared the trauma of losing multiple teeth, which is likely to continue happening in the future.”
Helen said: “It’s really upsetting to think that this could have been avoided but I’m glad that it’s now settled and I can begin to move on from this. The money will go towards the remedial treatment that I am going to need.”