Dentist mistakenly removes adult tooth from child

Posted by Gemma Osgood on

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Our Clinical Negligence team has successfully recovered £23,000 following a claim for compensation after a local hospital mistakenly removed an adult tooth from a young patient.  

In October 2010 Ms M attended her local dental practice with her mother.  She attended an appointment at her local hospital and was seen by a consultant orthodontist.  Ms M was placed on a waiting list for extraction of several baby teeth under a general anaesthetic and an xray was carried out.

In September 2011 Ms M attended the hospital for surgery.  The hospital failed to carry out an updated x-ray prior to the surgery. An upper canine tooth was removed. 

In December 2011 Ms M returned to the consultant for a review. The consultant could not feel the adult canine tooth under the gum and arranged for an x-ray to be taken which showed that the upper canine adult tooth was not present and had been mistakenly removed during surgery.  The space will require filling with a prosthetic tooth resulting in very protracted orthodontist treatments over several years which would otherwise not have been necessary. Ms M will require an implant to be fitted when she reaches 18 years of age. Until then she has a bridge to fill the gap. Once the implant is fitted it will require regular replacement for the rest of Ms M's life. As a young girl Ms M was very distressed by the fact that she was missing an adult tooth, and felt very self conscious as a result.

Ms M's mother instructed BL Claims Solicitors as specialist Clinical Negligence Solicitors. The hospital stated "This must be an extremely rare occurrence" and liability was admitted.  Ms M's mother agreed to accept £23,000 on behalf of her daughter in full and final settlement of her claim.



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Gemma is a Senior Associate in our Clinical Negligence team with extensive experience in all areas of medical negligence claims.

Gemma Osgood
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