The 29 year old from the north of England called upon the Dental Law Partnership for help in pursuing her claim and received the figure in an out of court settlement.
She had attended the dental practice in which the two dentists concerned worked, since she was just 6 years old. But at the age of 25 a third dentist identified that her URC and ULC (upper baby canines to the right and left) were still in place, when they should have been removed many years earlier.
The initial pair of dentists denied liability, but the client had asked on a number of occasions whether it was normal to still have baby teeth in her teens. It turned out she was right to bring it up, because her new dentist immediately referred her to a specialist to discuss orthodontic treatment moving forward.
Her specialist orthodontist advised that she have her baby teeth removed in the hope that the adult canine teeth would drop down. Unfortunately, after several months they had not moved. They were rooted above the surface of the gum. She was forecast several years of brace treatment which would continue into her thirties. On top of that she was likely to endure a great deal of pain. Of course pain is only one factor. She would also be forced to miss work and suffer embarrassment about her teeth. In the end, she opted to have the adult teeth surgically removed and have bridges fitted to fill the gaps.
With the money received, the client will have permanent implants fitted, replacing the 2 adult canine teeth.
The Dental Law Partnership provides specialist dental law support to the victims of dental negligence. As the leading specialist dental compensation solicitors in the UK, the Dental Law Partnership can ensure dental patients obtain justice for their dental complaints.
The Dental Law Partnership team is made up of experienced solicitors and in-house dentists, providing unique expertise and insight. Patients who believe they have a right to compensation for poor dental work, can find out quickly if they have grounds for a claim.
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