Shirebrook gardener awarded £ 7,000 compensation after dentist ‘failed’ to treat tooth decay
Kieran Bembridge, 30, of Shirebrook, received an out-of-court settlement from his longtime local dentist after suffering extreme pain and swelling from undetected tooth decay.
The gardener had to undergo intensive corrective treatment with several procedures, including root canal treatment, and lost a tooth after his dentist failed to detect and treat his tooth decay visible in x-ray images.
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Kieran was awarded £ 7,000 in compensation this year as part of an out-of-court settlement from the dentist who failed to acknowledge liability.
He visited Dr Aikpologwihien Collins Atalor at Market Place Family Dental on Exchange Row in Mansfield between 2017 and 2019.
“Dr Atalor was my longtime dentist, so when he told me I needed a filling I wasn’t particularly worried, it seemed pretty routine,” Kieran said.
“But I was slightly surprised when he suddenly informed me that I had a fairly deep cavity in one of my teeth, because I had always been led to believe that my teeth were healthy.
“He said I needed a filling near the root of my tooth.
“But I trusted he knew what he was doing.
“I was warned that there would be a bit of discomfort after the treatment due to the depth of the filling, but the pain was excruciating.
“I ended up having emergency appointments and was finally told that my only options for stopping the pain were root canal treatment or tooth extraction.
He added, “It got to the point where the pain was so bad that I had a hard time doing everyday things like eating and sleeping, my face was also very swollen.”
Kieran decided to have the root canal treatment recommended by Dr. Atalor, but his pain did not subside and his tooth was extracted as well.
The gardener continued, “At this point I had lost faith in Dr Atalor, so I decided to seek a second opinion with another dentist.
“The new dentist reported that Dr Atalor’s root canal treatment was poor.
“It was very frustrating and upsetting to hear.”
Kieran contacted the Dental Law Partnership and analysis of his dental records revealed that Dr Atalor had “systematically failed to diagnose and treat cavities visible on x-rays” resulting in the need for root canal treatment. “avoidable” root that has been performed “below a reasonable standard”.
“I haven’t been able to live my life properly, even not having a job,” he said.
“All I can hope for is that this sort of thing doesn’t happen to anyone else, I don’t wish this experience on my worst enemy.”
Olivia Mounsey of the Dental Law Partnership added, “The distress and pain our client experienced was totally unnecessary.
“If the dentist had performed adequate treatment in the first place, his problems could have been avoided.”
Chad contacted Market Place Family Dental but declined to comment.