She originally visited the dentist in question in August 2003. A tooth which supported a bridge was painful to touch. Her dentist advised that she should have root canal treatment on the tooth to clear out an infection.
The root canal treatment was carried out in October 2003. Afterward, an x-ray revealed that the gutta percha, a substance used to fill the roots, had extended beyond the root of the tooth by more than 1 cm and was protruding into her sinus.
Before becoming aware of this, however, the patient had revisited her dentist to complain about the pain that she was being caused in the area around the tooth. Instead of addressing the issue, her dentist prescribed a course of painkillers.
Following a further appointment in 2005, the dentist had made a note in records to watch UL6, the tooth which had not been root treated, but no explanation was given for this. A further 11 months later, the patient returned to the dentist to complain that the area had become swollen.
It was not until January 2009 that the women visited a different dentist at the same practice. The second dentist explained that an x-ray showed a cloudy area around the sinus. She was immediately referred to a specialist who confirmed that a “pin” was protruding into her sinus causing a constant drip on the left side of her nose, along with an unpleasant smell characteristic of an ongoing sinus infection.
Another dentist attempted to remove the offending substance and repeat the root canal treatment. Unfortunately, this procedure was unsuccessful and in October 2011, the tooth was removed.
The client’s original dentist did not admit liability for the incident, but with the help of The Dental Law Partnership, our client was able to bring a claim for the sinus infections suffered between 2003 and 2011. With the compensation received out of court, the woman will seek corrective treatment to replace the extracted tooth.
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