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Patient wins 22k payout for metal left lodged in mouth

27 June 2017

Patient wins 22k payout for metal left lodged in mouth

A woman from Croydon has been given a £22,000 settlement from her dentist after she says a root canal went wrong, the Croydon Guardian reports.

Dianne Winkworth experienced a prolonged battle with severe tooth pain and swelling in 2015, and after changing dentists, was referred to a hospital for an extraction.

“The tooth was so excruciatingly painful it was clearly badly infected,” she said.

“I was surprised as it wasn’t that long since the filling had been fitted.”

Practitioners at the hospital then confirmed that the tooth was so badly decayed that it was un-restorable.  X-Rays also revealed that dentist Dr Julius Babayemi had left a snapped piece a metal file used in root canal surgery embedded in Dianne’s mouth.

“I was disgusted” Miss Winkworth said.

“I’d had a piece of metal in the root of my tooth for years, but the dentist never told me…I just couldn’t believe it.”

While the case was settled out of court in March of this year, Dr Babayemi did not admit liability.

“While I do not agree with the facts set out by The Dental Law Partnership (the law firm who took on Miss Winkworth’s case), I am limited in what I can say because of my professional duty to protect the confidentiality of my patient.”

“My aim is always to provide the best possible care and service to all my patients, and I am disappointed that on this particular occasion the treatment did not go as well as we had both hoped.”


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