Man Claims Bridge for Upper Front Teeth Didn't Fit Properly

$71,100 Verdict

The plaintiff went to the defendant dentist in February 2008 with dental issues involving his front four upper teeth. The patient felt that the teeth were crooked and required treatment for dental disease.

The defendant dentist recommended that the four teeth be extracted and replaced with a six-unit bridge. This work was started in April 2008. During the preparation of teeth No. 6 and 11 as abutments for the bridge in September 2008, the defendant dentist allegedly removed the enamel from the teeth.

The patient claimed that the defendant dentist attempted to make an impression or re-impression for the proposed bridge in March 2009. The patient returned in April 2009 for bridge cementation. The patient maintained, however, that the bridge never fit properly.

The defendant denied negligence.

According to reports, a $71,100 verdict was returned with the patient being found thirty percent at fault.

With permission from Medical Malpractice Verdicts, Settlements & Experts; Lewis Laska, Editor, 901 Church St., Nashville, TN 37203-3411, 1-800-298-6288.