A DENTAL patient told she will lost her two front teeth after a botched operation has been awarded £9,000 in compensation.
Emma Hill, 42, received the out-of-court settlement after a root canal procedure left her facing years of anguish.
Mrs Hill took action against Dr Ollie Smart, who performed the procedure at South Road Dental Practice, Stourbridge, West Midlands, in 2011.
But when she returned after experiencing months of agonising pain, Dr Smart then told her she would have to go to hospital to have the root removed and sealed with a filling.
Mrs Hill, of Dudley, West Midlands, has now been told her front teeth are so badly damaged she will need to have them removed.
Mrs Hill sued Dr Smart and in April this year he paid her £9,000 in an out-of-court settlement but did not admit liability.
She said: “At first he prescribed antibiotics. But they didn’t solve the problem so I went back to see Dr Smart again.
“This time he performed root canal treatment. He’d been my dentist for a long time, so I trusted him to do it properly.
“I was rather confused when he said I would have to have more surgery because Dr Smart was supposed to have fixed the problem with my tooth.
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“The surgical procedure wasn’t a pleasant experience to say the least.
“To fix the problem they had to reach the root of my tooth, which meant cutting the top of my gum open.
“I was left with stitches in my mouth. It was painful and distressing.”
Mrs Hill’s teeth has also been so badly damaged it will need to be extracted in the future.
She said: “This is the most upsetting part of the ordeal.
“Nobody wants to lose their front tooth, and I wouldn’t be losing it if Dr Smart had been more careful.
“It already feels loose so I doubt it will be long until it needs to be extracted.
“It will then need to be replaced with an implant which will mean yet more trips to the dentist.
“What’s most frustrating is all this could have been avoided.”
Mrs Hill contacted specialist dental negligence solicitors, Dental Law Partnership, who claimed Dr Smart had failed to use reasonable skill and care.
Tim Armitage, who represented Mrs Hill, said: “What our client went through was completely unnecessary.
“If the dentist had undertaken root canal treatment with due skill and care in the first place she would never have experienced these dental problems.”
Dr Smart, who has since left the practice, said: “It is unfortunate that the treatment provided on this occasion did not go as well as we had both hoped.
“I am limited in what I can say because of patient confidentiality.
“However, I am pleased the matter has been brought to a satisfactory conclusion and that all parties can now move on.”
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