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    Old 03-20-2008, 06:27 AM   #1
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    Unhappy Dental Negligence....??

    Hi

    I had toothache in Jan 2008, went too see my dentist who I ask for the tooth just too be extracted as i didn't want the root canal treatment, she was insisting on me, she was being persistent in front off the dental nurse and receptionist and saying it cost £300 for root canal and the extraction was £20 but im better getting the root canal. Therefore i felt intimidated and embarrassed that she was making it sound as if it was a case of the money, which it wasn't, i just wanted the tooth out and pain away.

    After her being persuasive, i felt pressured into saying yes too the root canal treatment. When she started, she was working on my tooth for over an hour, while chatting she said she doesn't like doing extractions as she had only ever done 5 previously and its usually the dental practice manager who does the extractions. All off a sudden she stopped and said she could not continue with the root canal and would have too do an extraction.

    Feeling a bit nervous after what she said, I thought she would get the dental manager in too do it, but she carried on working away. As she started trying too extract she asked the dental nurse several times too go and get smaller pliers, and was trying to extract the tooth for a good while, then i heard a crunch noise and seen the panic on her face. She instructed the dental nurse too go an fetch the dental manager of the practice straight away, then decided she would run through too the other room and get him. After this I was feeling a bit scared as too what had happened as she never explained anything too me just panicked about what she had done. And I had several swabs covered in blood getting changed every few seconds.

    The dental manager came in and looked and she had broken all the tooth and only the roots were left in. He told me too come back later that day and he would sort it.

    When i went back, i was put in a room, and the lady who had worked on me previously came in and said she would do my injections while the manager was finishing with a patient. As she started, she gave me 7 injections and she even slipped the jag through my top lip when the treatment was at bottom left. which hurt.

    When she left me i started too feel really sickly and light headed, and felt my heart pumping through my body, and my full body started shaking too. This was making me a bit anxious. The manager came in and said he couldn't treat me as i have possibly taken a reaction too the injection. And was told too come back the next day.

    That whole night I never slept with the pain i was in.

    Finally I went back the next day, and he started giving me the injections too get the roots out, but hit a nerve which felt like an out off body experience I panicked and nearly jumped off the seat, felt faintly and really frightened, I was crying for him too stop the treatment, I was sick for about half an hour constant, but insisted he carried on.

    Eventually he got the roots out, and that night i was in excruciating pain like i have never felt before, i was having shooting shock pains up my face to my right eye and sometimes over my head.

    This shooting pain has now lasted over 2 months now. Which I have seen my doctor about and he has given me amatripoline and dyhydrocodine and various other drugs.

    After a week or so i noticed that i couldn't read any words everything was all blurry, with my eye sight being fine before. i seen an optician and she said the focus had gone in my eyes and need glasses due too the medication i was put on.

    A week or less after this my partner noticed a large bald patch on my head, which i panicked about again. I made an appointment too see my GP the next day and he said it was due too the medication to cut the dosage down, and gave me cipramol for depression as I was most definitely feeling very low and didn't even want too go out in case someone saw the bald patch on my head, or speak too any off my friends, even with my son i have too put a brave face on for. Being a 30 year old woman losing hair, significant change in sight and being in pain and very depressed is something i don't want too go through in my life. And just want it all too stop but have been told it could be months or even tears if it does get better.

    I have since seen the bald patch get bigger with another one that has been appeared too. Now I am concerned as too when this will all stop and to get back too a normal life and back too work. I am scared too wake up in morning if i even sleep, too look in mirror in case i notice something else going wrong with me.

    Can anyone advise me if you feel this has been negligent on the dentist practice and if there is any reasons to claim the practice, as all my suffering, pain and distress have occurred due to the dental treatment. which i feel would not have happened if it had just been extracted as i wished in the first place, as the dental surgeon had said too me if i wanted an extraction it would be the manager who performed it as i previously said she had only done 5, but still went ahead.

    Any information would be much appreciated.

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    Old 03-20-2008, 03:06 PM   #2
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    Re: Dental Negligence....??

    Hi

    thanks for your reply. I will check some things out.

    In my opinion i feel that if the treatment was done efectively and the way i insisted at first, i would not be in the situation of having too take all the medication i have got which have caused problems, as well as still having the shooting pains, which the doctor thinks is nerve damage.

    I just would not like anyone else to go through what i did...as i dont need to say, but iv had a helish 2 months worth of pain, with physical and mental damage.

    best wishes

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    Old 03-20-2008, 05:28 PM   #3
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    Re: Dental Negligence....??

    It sounds like something happened during the root canal treatment that changed the prognosis and then required the tooth be extracted. Did you sign a consent form for the extraction? If it is the standard form it would mention the possible complications that could occur with extractions which include tooth fracture, damage to adjacent teeth or tissue (soft and hard), infection, pain etc. Don't know if you have a good case or not. You'd have to run it by a lawyer who handles malpractice.

     
    Old 03-23-2008, 05:42 PM   #4
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    It sounds like something happened during the root canal treatment that changed the prognosis and then required the tooth be extracted. Did you sign a consent form for the extraction? If it is the standard form it would mention the possible complications that could occur with extractions which include tooth fracture, damage to adjacent teeth or tissue (soft and hard), infection, pain etc. Don't know if you have a good case or not. You'd have to run it by a lawyer who handles malpractice.
    Hi

    I never signed any forms for any of the treatment or told of any complications.
    I have now been too see a lawyer who seems too think i have a case as according to dental standards a few things were don't done. It is also not tissue soft or hard damage its nerve damage they have caused, which i have been told could take years for the pain to go away.

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    Old 03-24-2008, 03:06 AM   #5
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    Hi

    thanks i checked that out, but no longer want just an apology etc... I have been unable to go back to work for 2 months, which is hitting hard on the financial side of things, my partner is affect too as he cant sleep as im up with pain at night so he has had a lot off time off too. Also I have a son who I have to act as if there is nothing wrong to everyday, when really if it wasnt for him and my partner i would have other things on my mind to get the pain away (i am sure you know what I mean) I have never felt so depressed and low, as not only do i suffer with the pain, but have large bald patches on my head, which i am paranoid people can see and now scared to go out and now need to wear glasses. All because of something going wrong at the dentist with the nerve damage and having too take the medication, if i didn't have too take it i would most definitely stop, but I do really need it for the pain.

    I know this post sounds as if i am a total moan, but iv had this for over 2 months now an the thought of having it for up too some years destroys me and my career.

    I will keep you posted on how things go.....hopefully better in time, thanks all for posting and your information really does count

    Regards

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    Old 03-24-2008, 05:37 AM   #6
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    Re: Dental Negligence....??

    It is terrible what you are going through. I really hope you find some relief and answers soon. I have some questions....was the person who started the root canal a regular dentist or a root canal specialist? I can't believe that you were given 7 injections and then sent home after being told that you were having a reaction to them. Do you know what was used in the injections that day and the next? Also, did the doctor make any effort at all to stop when you cried out to him? Did he give you any reassurance at all? Has your doctor told you what nerve had been damaged? All I can suggest is that you ask for a copy of your records from the dentist and be sure to document everything that you've been through...all the medications prescribed, what you are feeling/experiencing, what was said to you..etc. I hope your pain is a little less today and that you're feeling a bit more comfortable.

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    Old 03-24-2008, 06:20 AM   #7
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    Re: Dental Negligence....??

    Meanwhile, you may want to consider seeing a pain management specialist doctor to improve your quality of life.

    Also, if you are really self-conscious about your hair, consider a fashionable hat. I had a friend in college who was 95% bald for sophomore and junior year, and most people had no idea.

    Hang in there.

     
    Old 03-24-2008, 07:41 AM   #8
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    Re: Dental Negligence....??

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    It is terrible what you are going through. I really hope you find some relief and answers soon. I have some questions....was the person who started the root canal a regular dentist or a root canal specialist? I can't believe that you were given 7 injections and then sent home after being told that you were having a reaction to them. Do you know what was used in the injections that day and the next? Also, did the doctor make any effort at all to stop when you cried out to him? Did he give you any reassurance at all? Has your doctor told you what nerve had been damaged? All I can suggest is that you ask for a copy of your records from the dentist and be sure to document everything that you've been through...all the medications prescribed, what you are feeling/experiencing, what was said to you..etc. I hope your pain is a little less today and that you're feeling a bit more comfortable.
    Hi

    Thanks for replying.
    The lady who started the root canal treatment said she specialises in that, and the other dentist does the extraction.

    I am unsure what was used for the injections i would have to find that out.

    When i went back and started crying for him too stop he just wouldnt listen and wouldnt let me get off the chair, yeah i was dizzy etc, but once that settled i wanted out off the place, and as i said i was vomiting for a good while and he just said he is carrying on doing the treatment even when i was still crying. He gave me no reassurance at all just said "you need too sit and get it finished".

    I have all the dates i was there, everything that happened and all the times i had too visit the out of hours doctor and my own doctors appointments recorded including all the medications.

    I am feeling a bit better today...but only because off medication, which i dont want to be on for years and become addicted.

    Best wishes and thanks
    xx

     
    Old 03-24-2008, 07:43 AM   #9
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    Meanwhile, you may want to consider seeing a pain management specialist doctor to improve your quality of life.

    Also, if you are really self-conscious about your hair, consider a fashionable hat. I had a friend in college who was 95% bald for sophomore and junior year, and most people had no idea.

    Hang in there.
    Hi

    Thanks for replying.

    I shall suggest this too my GP i see him regular, and hopefully get something sorted too manage the pain rather than pills.

    Thanks for the hat suggestion.

    Best wishes
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    Old 03-29-2008, 11:31 AM   #10
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    hi really sorry to hear about your problem

    i had a major problem years ago ,with a dentist i was in lot of pain through a bridge being put in wrong
    and wouldnt listen when i told him i was in pain
    i took ,,the procedure of trying to sue him ,through pressure ,.from people to do so
    and all the money i had spent to correct what he had done,and pain i was in
    i went down to 5 stone in weight very ill people thought i was anorexia or termanally ill

    but i would think very very hard before you sue a dentist or anyone from nhs
    as ,for one ,you have to prove it was negligance and not a mistake !
    i could prove it had a dignosis from a top dentist (not sure the name of his proffession )
    up wimpole street

    but ,there is so much involved and it could lead you being banckrupt as my solicitor told me [B]if[/B i lost
    even though i paid so much to her i couldnt get legal aid and had to back out
    costing me more money in end trying to only get back money i had spent sorting my problem out

    but all ive found since.is every dentist i go to seem to damage my teeth more
    which ive been to practically every dentist in and around my town because now i have problems with my bottom teeth which i know for a fact ,was damaged by one dentist ,
    and i got of the chair and walked out,told her i wasnt going to let her touch me again
    wished i done it sooner ,as when you had problems once especialyl seriously
    you check your mouth carefully every timeyou go to a dentist

    and i.ve found also i get treated and spoken too very badly by some dentist that i know i cant go back
    thought i could trust one dentist seemed really nice we used to have a laugh etc
    and thought he was trying to help me get my bottom teeth sorted
    ended up paying him 5,000
    and realised still i was no better off than when he first started
    he ended up shouting at me as i kept goign back as my gums were very swollen and i was in pain he shouted at me saying i wished i saw them swollen
    couldnt believe it
    must admit when i saw him by the time i saw him they did go down a bit
    but had to rush back but he wasnt there but his dental nurse was she saw how swollen they were
    and the pain in my face
    i realised then i couldnt go back

    found another dentist now ,a long trek every time i see him
    but he is finding it strange why i come so far?
    and also bit weary in doing certain things

    so my advice to you ,is to think very very hard ,whether to sue and if you do
    make sure you got proof etc and concrete proof and from your doctor
    and get a really good solicitor who deals in these cases with dentistry

    im not saying not to sue just think first ,see what the complaints board are prepared to give you as in compensation for your pain and discomfort
    then consider what to do next

    i only was suing as i was in lot of pain and had to pay lot of money to get myself sorted out
    as my dentist then wouldnt listen to me and wouldnt do nothing
    so wanted to get money back also the medication i had to pay out because i ended up on anti depressants because of it and pain killers and had lost 2 holidays i had booked before i was ill

    but i got no where but grief now finding a decent dentist
    all i want is to be sorted out thats all,dont think that is too much to ask
    i never wanted to sue in first place
    but felt i ahd to if only just get money back i deserved

    well i hope this helps you with your descision

    and i hope you are out of pain soon as i know full well what your going through
    as experienced it myself even though different circumstances

    good luck

     
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    bergerbaby...i just want to say 'hi' and how much I hope that you get the problems with your teeth finally sorted out. You are a sweetheart..you always take the time to respond to others' problems while you are having so many of your own.. I have followed your posts and have read each one of them, but I don't have any advice to give you, unfortunately, because I haven't experienced the same type of problems..yet! I just hope that you find the dental professional who can finally give you the help you need. Don't give up, k?

    C

     
    Old 04-06-2008, 12:18 AM   #12
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    thank you charlotte ,for your kind words ,its very much appriciated
    well,going through teeth problems for years now ,and sadly not through any fault of my own
    and know how distressing when your in pain ,teeth can be a nusiance at times
    if i can give any advice not that im qualified ,but feel sometimes i know more than the dentists ive seen

    well been suffering for years and had no joy ,with dentists as they dont seem to want to help me ,apart from getting money out of me

    but there is a bit of good news,my teeth seem to be ok at moment ,still got a bit of movement but its not painful for once
    and my nerves are calm so fingers cross ,it carries on and i can get on with ym life rather than
    focusing on my teeth

    trouble is my teeth are like a big dipper theyre ok for a few weeks then they return again ,but hopefully mthis might be my turning point

    thanks again charlotte

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    Old 04-15-2008, 12:35 PM   #13
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    Thanks for your reply

    Sorry iv taken so long to get back, but things have been pretty sore and hectic at the moment.

    I understand everything you say, and truly sympathise with you 100% for what you have went through. I hope you are have many more good days than bad.

    As too my situation. I have been granted legal aid and they have put an extension on it too cover all costs...so i dont need too worry about legal costs. I have been told it has been a case of negligence rather than mistake. I currently dont need any corrective treatment, its just a case of waiting an hoping the pain goes away. Iv tried asking about pain management specialist but thats kinda been brushed under the carpet and still taking medication...which I am currently trying too cut down on as before this i was lucky if i even took a paracetamol.

    My lawyer and doctor have been really great and cant thank them enough for their help, my doctor for helping too control the pain and my lawyer acting so fast on this case.

    I dont want anyone too think i have taken this too a lawyer too get money for a shopping spree...its more a case that I have been off work for 3 months now and nearly losing my home and job, if it wasnt for my partner having too work every hour god sends too keep us above board and be able too live, lost a lot of irreplaceable time with my family, and the constant pain I have went through as well as the other problems that have occurred due too this happening.

    I just feel these things are happening too easily now and someone has too stand up and stop it from happening too others.

    Wish you all the best and hope today you feel better.

    Best wishes
    xxx

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    well i'm pleased ,you have full backing from your doctor and solicitor ,as that does help
    i hope you didnt think i was trying to put you off suing? as it wasnt the case
    i just wanted you to make sure if that was the case you were to sue ,is to make sure you get a good solicitor in that field
    as like yourself wasnt suing for money for a spending spree,but just to get money back for treatment to get yourself sorted what they had done and money already spent and also a bit for the pain and discomfort you have to go through

    i hope you do get money as i think you deserve it ,its just a shame most dentists not all are just in for it for the money and dont take due care of treatment theyre doing ,which leads to negligence !!

    i hope you get better soon and dont have to suffer years of pain and suffering ,like i have and still paying out to get sorted ,as im finding it hard ,to get help as i have used all my savings practically trying

    you keep your chin up and hope it all goes well

    take care

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    Old 04-17-2008, 04:29 PM   #15
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    I had a similar problem that started in Jan 07' with a fillings between two teeth that needed a redo. It was redone and was ok for a couple of weeks than I started having sore gums behind one of the teeth. I went back to the dentist and she said I needed a root canal. I went to a friend who is a dentist and he said that she overfilled the the filling and it was pressing on the nerve. I ended up having a root canal but not on the one the other dentist had suggested but on the one next to it. The root canal was done in February 2007 and it failed. Had a apico with a Endo dentist and that also failed he redid it in March, still alot of pain. Had the tooth pulled in Aug 07' still in terrible pain and continued pain behind the tooth next to the one pulled. Went to a Oral surgeon and he opened up the whole site and cleaned everthing out. Better but still in pain, he put me on Nuerotin for nerve damage and that seemed to help alot. In Dec went back to my dentist to have final impressions done for the permanent bridge. Started having really sore gums again turned out that cement was left under the temp bridge! I now have the permanent bridge on and am still having nerve pain and perssistant sore gums behind the one tooth. This has been going on for over a year and I'm getting so depressed, will this ever go away???

     
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