Dental practice to pay woman damages
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.