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Mary: Dental Negligence Following a Routine Tooth Extraction Procedure

Mary's Story

Mary: Dental Negligence Following a Routine Tooth Extraction Procedure
Mary attended her dental surgeon to have her upper left first molar (UL6) removed. She was given a local anaesthetic. While the tooth was being removed, she heard a cracking sound. The surgeon sought the attendance of a colleague, who continued to extract the tooth. Unfortunately, three teeth were extracted together with a section of the bone of Mary’s upper jaw.

As a result of this incident, Mary was left with a substantial portion of the upper jaw missing, and a 1 cm hole between her mouth and the air sinus above (an “ora-antral communication”).

Over a week after her treatment, an acrylic cover plate was made to cover the hole. She used this plate for some 5 to 6 months, after which the hole healed.

Mary complained of pain in the upper quadrant of her mouth, made worse by talking, sneezing or blowing her nose. She avoided eating hard foods because she was concerned about experiencing pain.

Mary suffered from a number of complications following her treatment including:

  • Facial Pain
  • Sinusitis
  • Facial Numbness and Twitching
  • Missing teeth
  • Missing jaw bone
  • Psychological Symptoms

Liability was admitted early on.

  • Oral and Maxillofacial Report
  • Restorative Dentistry Report
  • Psychological Report
  • ENT Report

The Defendants offered £15,000 to settle the claim which was rejected with our negotiations starting at £50,000.