Den­tal prac­tice to pay woman dam­ages

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A TAY­SIDE den­tal prac­tice has been or­dered to pay dam­ages af­ter it failed to spot dam­ag­ing tooth de­cay and gave a pa­tient poor qual­ity fill­ings.

The surgery, which has not been iden­ti­fied, was told by the Scot­tish Pub­lic Services Om­buds­man (SPSO) that there had been a “fail­ure” to ob­serve de­cay in at least three teeth be­long­ing to the pa­tient, named as Miss C.

The den­tist also failed to man­age the on­set of the de­cay, lead­ing to fur­ther dam­age to the pa­tient’s teeth and a “sig­nif­i­cant im­pact” on the health of her gums.

Fill­ings were also com­pleted to a “poor stan­dard”.

The om­buds­man said: “We asked the or­gan­i­sa­tion to apol­o­gise to Miss C for fail­ing to ob­serve de­cay, which meant a fail­ure to plan ap­pro­pri­ately for the man­age­ment and treat­ment of her teeth.

“The den­tist should make a pay­ment to Miss C, equiv­a­lent to the costs of care and treat­ment pro­vided (ex­clud­ing an amount al­ready paid as a good­will ges­ture) as re­dress for Miss C not get­ting the level of ob­ser­va­tion and in­ter­ven­tion needed.”

The SPSO has also told the prac­tice to en­sure it has the skills needed to di­ag­nose de­cay and cor­rectly ap­ply fill­ings in fu­ture.

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