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This article was published on December 10th, 2014
A woman has successfully sued her dentist for £11,500 after she claimed his misdiagnosis led to her suffering a facial scar.
She claimed that he had failed to spot an abscess in her wisdom tooth which meant it developed into a major infection which needed serious surgery.
The 33 year old woman visited her dentist complaining of pain in her wisdom tooth and an inability to eat properly. She was assessed, x-rayed and prescribed antibiotics for an infection. The patient returned two further times and was given more antibiotics.
The patient said: “I was struggling to eat or open my jaw properly, the wound was visibly oozing and horrible.
“People used to do a double take when they walked past me, it was gruesome.”
After becoming frustrated with the pain and discomfort she visited another dentist who immediately diagnosed that she had an abscess. They drained the tooth and referred her to a specialist dental hospital who could remove the infected wisdom tooth.
She said: “Thankfully there were no complications,”.
“The swelling went down after about a month, and the wound started to heal, but the whole area was still very purple and red and there was an indent and puckering of the skin where the wound had been.”
“I have to look at a course of special fillers to try and balance it up and I may need surgery – it has been a devastating experience.”
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