Nerve, bone and muscle damage during root canal treatment – £115,000

Professor Hunter’s dentist treated her problematic premolar with an inlay in 2007. Over the next two years, it had to be replaced two or three times until July 2009, when the dentist informed her that she required root canal treatment. During the treatment, the drill went through the side of her tooth and missed the root canal. She suffered extreme pain and had to be prescribed analgesics.

The following month, Professor Hunter was admitted to hospital and had to have the tooth removed under general anaesthetic. During surgery, it was found that the nerve was destroyed and there was extensive damage to the surrounding muscles and soft tissue. She had to take time off work as a consultant physician – because of the pain and the length of time it took to recover – and retired early from her post the following year.

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