Dentists Fail To Spot Gum Disease For Over A Decade
A 43-year-old man has been awarded £22,000 compensation after three separate dentists failed to spot severe gum disease in twelve years of check-ups. The patient went to his regular check-ups every six months, where dentists told him he was fine. In reality, the patient had severe gum disease. When it was finally diagnosed, the patient had to have extensive treatment. This treatment included the removal of three teeth.
Over the course of twelve years, the patient saw three different dentists. He made a decision to switch dentists after his first dentist told him he needed less regular check-ups as everything was fine. The patient then changed to different NHS practices to receive better treatment. While visiting all three dental practices, three separate dentists failed to spot the gum disease.
The man then visited a specialist who diagnosed the condition and is now beginning treatment including removing teeth. If the patient had been diagnosed with gum disease sooner, this could have prevented such extensive treatment. His current dentist may also have been able to save his teeth from extraction.
While none of the dentists admitted liability, they did agree to settle for a compensation amount totalling £22,000 for the suffering and avoidable situation.
What Negligence Claimline say
Dental negligence can come in many forms from failure to diagnose, as mentioned above to inability to treat dental problems properly. If you have been left in pain, injury or a requirement for further treatment because of the poor standard of care or incorrect procedures, then you may be entitled to make a claim.
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