A former Buxton woman has been awarded £22,000 in compensation after poor dental work resulted in the loss of eight teeth and painful bouts of tooth infection.
Sarah Taylor, 40, sued Dr Allan Clark for work carried out at Broadwalk Dental Practice, Buxton, after his substandard care left her in need of extensive corrective procedures, including bridges, crowns, dentures and root canal treatments.
She said: “My treatment began in November 1993 when I went to see Dr Clark with bad toothache in two teeth on the left side of my mouth. He told me I needed two fillings. I returned in June with continued pain and had a further three fillings. Days later I made another appointment with toothache again but more severe than before.
“Dr Clark removed one of the teeth he had just filled, which was absolutely mortifying. We had not discussed a tooth extraction at any point and he had gone ahead without my prior knowledge or consent. It was all downhill from there.”
Sarah visited Dr Clark 39 times over the next 16 years until her final treatment in December 2009.
Sarah added: “He attempted to remove another two of my teeth in August 2007, and I also developed 12 teeth and gum infections during my time in his care. I’d had more than enough.”
Sarah registered at a different practice in April 2011 after relocating to Peterborough and was soon given the bad news about her teeth by her new dentist.
Sarah said: “My dentist could see what poor condition my teeth were in straight away. I found out five of them were so beyond repair I had no choice but to have them removed. I was very upset because I’d trusted Dr Clark completely but he had let me down.”
Sarah’s dentist also discovered untreated decay in five other teeth, so she had another tooth removed in September 2011 on her new dentist’s advice because it had become too damaged to save, making it necessary for a bridge to be fitted. Sarah had a permanent bridge fitted in May 2012.
The Dental Law Partnership (DLP) took on Sarah’s case and was presented with evidence that showed Sarah had suffered as a direct result of Dr Clark’s treatment.
Sarah said: “I trusted Dr Clark implicitly and he has ruined my teeth. The whole experience has been unbelievably stressful. What he did was not right.
“I’m glad this chapter of my life has been closed and this has now been settled.”
Dr Clark did not admit liability and has since retired.