Dentist has to pay out thousands after extracting the wrong tooth
PATIENT Jon Baud has won £4,500 compensation after a dentist pulled out the wrong tooth.
After weeks of pain, the 36-year-old hoped his extraction would end the toothache.
But what he did not bank on was the dentist removing a perfectly healthy tooth which was next to the one which needed removing.
Jon, from Cheltenham, has now won the money to cover the cost of his new implants.
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"I was gobsmacked when they said the wrong tooth had been removed. My immediate thought was 'Oh God, I've got to go through that entire procedure again," he said.
In December, he began to suffer terrible toothache in one of the large molars in the right hand side of his mouth.
The pain got so bad he was forced to take a week off work. He made an appointment with his regular NHS dentist at the Eastgate Street Dental Centre in Gloucester.
On arrival, he was told he would be seen by a senior member of the staff instead of his normal dentist.
Jon, of Lansdown Place, was told the tooth was dead and was presented with two options; either have the it removed or opt for a root canal.
He was given tablets to take away the pain while he considered his options. When the tablets failed to take the edge off the ache he booked himself in for an extraction the next day.
"This was my first ever molar tooth extraction, so I was extremely nervous about the procedure," he said.
He claims the treatment itself was stressful and said he almost passed out when the anaesthetic was administered and he had to be given a glucose drink to boost his sugar levels.
"The procedure was not only stressful, but was also extremely unpleasant," he said.
It was only when he was in the centre's recovery room that he was made aware of the error.
"About 15 minutes after the treatment my dentist a senior member of staff came to say there was a problem," he said.
"It was pretty clear there could only be one problem. I knew immediately they'd removed the wrong tooth. I honestly didn't know what to say."
In February, Jon began legal proceedings against the dental centre and won his case for damages receiving his cheque on July 15.
In the meantime, he set about preparing for corrective treatment, this time opting for private treatment at James Critchley at Pittville Lawn in Cheltenham.
"I was terrified of the additional work I needed," he said. "I was forced to have the dead tooth extracted and endure seven months of restorative work which I had to pay for myself up front costing over £4,500.
"The implants which have been fitted will need very close, and possibly costly, attention for the rest of my life.
East Gate Street Dental Centre and NHS Gloucestershire declined to comment.