A 56-year-old from Gateshead has been awarded £4,000 in dental compensation after he mistakenly had two of his front teeth removed.
John Turnbull, a delivery driver, received an out of court settlement from Dr David Stewart after he removed two of his bottom teeth that were healthy enough to be saved. Three other patients have since come forward with complaints against the dentist, and he has now been struck off the Dentist Register.
“Dr Stewart took no X-rays,” Mr Turnbull explained.
“He just said there was an infection and that the teeth needed removing. I’d been visiting him for more than 15 years, and he’s the dentist, I’m the patient, so had no reason to doubt him.”
‘Excrutiating Pain’ Suffered After Dentist Removes The Wrong Teeth
After having his teeth removed Mr Turnbull experienced ‘excrutiating pain’ for a number of weeks, which resulted in him having to take medication. When he went back to his dentist to arrange further treatment he found that they had shut down.
He added: “I went to see a lawyer, and they found evidence that the two bottom teeth shouldn’t have been taken out and could have been saved with different treatment.”
Mr Turnbull will continue to receive extensive restructuring work, with the gap filled in just in time for his daughter’s wedding.
“I feel confident enough now for the wedding, and then I will book in the rest of the treatment afterwards.”
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