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Cosmetic dentistry is becoming more and more popular. Sadly though, for some, the pursuit of the perfect smile can turn into a traumatic experience.
Cosmetic dentistry includes a wide variety of procedures such as:
Unfortunately, as with any dental treatment, even the simplest of procedures can go wrong and for some, this can result in pain, suffering and the need for remedial treatment.
Pursuing a dental negligence claim can result in the compensation, enabling you to pay for any further treatment required due to the negligence you have suffered, and helping to ease the pain and suffering of your ordeal.
The most common types of claims for negligent cosmetic dentistry include problems such as:
In order to succeed in a dental negligence claim you must prove both breach of duty (aka evidence of substandard care) as well as causation (aka what harm stemmed from the substandard care). You must prove both elements in order to succeed.
Ben Lees recovered £55,000 for a Claimant who had received negligent cosmetic dental treatment by three different dentists at the same practice.
The Claimant had wanted a “smile makeover”, but rather than obtaining the aesthetically pleasing smile she had wanted, her teeth were over-prepared (which means that too much healthy tooth tissue was removed before veneers and crowns were fitted). As a result, the Claimant suffered infections and bone loss, and required numerous extractions. The Claimant underwent a protracted course of treatment to put things right, including root canal treatment and the placement of several implants. The award of £55,000 covered the Claimant’s original treatment costs, as well as the cost of her remedial treatment.
Ben Lees acted for a client who had decided to have orthodontic braces fitted to straighten her teeth ahead of her upcoming wedding. However, the braces fitted by the Defendant applied excessive force to the Claimant’s teeth, resulting in the need for her to undergo multiple root canal procedures.
This ordeal left the Claimant in a lot of pain, and resulted in her suffering psychological damage for which she required therapy.
Ben Lees, who specialises in negligent cosmetic dentistry, brought a claim in negligence and contract, by arguing that the Defendant had been “unjustly enriched”. He successfully recovered the Claimant’s original treatment costs as well as the costs of future treatment to put things right for her.
Ben Lees acted for a Claimant who had been led to believe that orthodontic treatment from the Defendant could solve or significantly reduce his medical issues (including back and neck pain, posture, uneven eye levels, the position of his ears and his leg length discrepancy).
The Claimant therefore underwent this inappropriate and unnecessary treatment which was carried out over a two year period, which left him needing lengthy and costly remedial treatment on his teeth.
Ben Lees successfully brought claims in negligence and contract against the Defendant and recovered £25,000 for the Claimant. This covered both the costs of the original treatment and the cost of the necessary remedial treatment.
The length of a dental negligence case depends on the individual facts of the case itself, although as a rule of thumb most simple claims should be dealt with within 18-24 months.
However, the length of any claim will be affected by factors such as whether you need further treatment, whether the input of medical experts is needed, whether the other side denies or admits fault, and ultimately whether the claim ends up in court. Your solicitor will be able to assess your case on an individual basis and give you a more accurate estimation of how long the claim should take.
As a result of a successful claim for negligent cosmetic dentistry you would receive compensation. This compensation consists of:
Our specialist team of dental negligence solicitors have been winning cases for clients for over a decade, and are specific cosmetic dentistry specialists.