Misdiagnosis of periodontal disease

Mrs C regularly attended her 6 monthly dental check up appointments and no issues were identified other than gingivitis which prompted use of Corsodyl mouthwash.

Mrs C saw another dentist, at which time she was diagnosed with periodontal disease. She was informed that the gum disease was so severe that it was not treatable and her teeth subsequently became loose.  Radiographs showed bone loss indicative of periodontal disease over a period of 20 years.

It was Mrs C’s case that appropriate hygiene treatment would have avoided extensive bone loss and the need for immediate and future extraction. Mrs C requires remedial treatment, including multiple extractions, bone grafts, implants and bridgework. The treatment will take approximately 18 months to complete.

A settlement was reached in which Mrs C received payment of damages.