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Dental neglect – but whose? - dental case study
03 July 2009 http://www.mddus.com/mddus/news-and-media/case-of-the-month/dental-neglect-–-but-whose.aspx
Mr M had worked for the same dental practice for 35 years and was looking forward to his retirement.
One morning a letter of claim arrived at the surgery from solicitors representing a patient Mr M had treated for over 20 years from the age of four.
Mr M remembered D well as he attended over 70 times in the period that he was a patient at the surgery. His notes constituted a long list of caries and fillings with occasional antibiotics and, in the later teen years, numerous root canal treatments and crowns. In the claim it was alleged that many of the fillings and treatments were incomplete and required to be re-filled and crowned.
The patient also alleged that he was never given any advice on diet or oral hygiene. Nor was he ever referred to the dental hospital where he might have been offered preventative treatment such as fluoride washes and sealants. Such measures might have prevented the extensive dental decay suffered by D