A patient, who was left in pain for nine months following a botched tooth extraction, has sued his former Mirfield dentist for £11,500.
Przemyslaw Mirus, of Dewsbury, won the cash in an out of court settlement against dentist Thomas Willan, who worked at David Woods Dental Practice, Mirfield.
Mr Willan, who now works at a Leeds practice, failed to complete a tooth and root extraction, leaving a fragment of the root which entered Mr Mirus’s sinus.
The bungled procedure, in October 2012, led to nine months of pain, infection and visits to the surgery and hospital.
This was compounded by the surgery’s and Wakefield Pinderfields Hospital’s inability to spot 1-2mm of bone protruding from the wound.
In February, surgeons at Pinderfields removed the root under general anaesthetic.
But the pain – sometimes excruciating – continued until September when the remaining bone was finally removed.
Mr Mirus, who works in a Dewsbury bakery, said: “At last I got some relief after nine months of hell.”
He added: “I asked Mr Willan’s advice because I had no idea which was the best course of action. I trusted him to help me make the right decision so I went for having the tooth taken out.
“To add insult to injury I was passed from pillar to post between the dentist and the hospital at this time. Nobody wanted to take responsibility for me; it was awful.
“I was completely let down by Mr Willan and I am just glad it’s all over and I can get on with my life.”
Mr Mirus’s case was taken up by the Dental Law Partnership (DLP) which found that Mr Willan’s care ‘fell considerably short of what was expected of him’.
DLP solicitor Tim Armitage said: “He failed to assess the situation from the outset, advise Przemyslaw accordingly and take enough care over the technical execution of both tooth and root extraction which caused wholly avoidable suffering for my client over a prolonged period of time.”
Debbie Woods, manager of David Woods Dental Practice, said: “I completely support Mr Willan and I would be very happy to have him back in the practice.
“He has had very good comments from patients and staff. Unfortunately, sometimes things go wrong.”
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages Pinderfields Hospital, declined to comment.
Mr Willan said: “I am disappointed that the treatment fell short of what the patient expected on this occasion and I hope the settlement goes some way to resolving the matter.
“Although I will not comment publically about individual cases due to patient confidentiality, I always strive to provide the best possible dental care.”