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By Sarah Merrikin

Jun 5th, 2019

Pain and suffering following dental implants result in successful negligence claim

Sarah Merrikin acted for the Claimant, who had a dental history of missing teeth on both sides of her lower jaw and she wanted implants as she was unable to eat properly.

She underwent an implant assessment at a private practice. Following a second consultation, she decided to proceed. The dentist recommended that the Claimant undergo hygiene appointments prior to the treatment, which she did.

The Claimant had four implants inserted. She developed tingling and numbness in both sides of her mouth very early on. She also started to develop pain and swelling in her mouth. She attended an urgent appointment with her usual dentist, who advised her that she may have peri-implantitis, and he also confirmed the presence of an abscess.

Over the following months, the Claimant continued with inflammation, swelling, soreness and bleeding in her mouth.

The Claimant saw another dentist, who made a diagnosis of bone loss, and peri-implantitis. The Claimant had to be referred for treatment at a practice specialising in implants. She had to undergo surgery to remove the implants and had extensive hygiene cleaning.

A report from a Consultant in Restorative Dentistry identified a number of breaches of duty of the dentist, who performed the implant surgery, including:

  1. A failure to obtain proper consent and
  2. A failure to monitor the Claimant sufficiently closely enough to keep the risk of developing peri-implantitis as low as possible.

The Claimant received £35,000 in damages for pain and suffering, and to include the costs of past and future dental treatment.

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