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After the initial payment for impressions and Xrays, approx £450, and then the payment of £7000+ in March 2013 after the work was thought to have been completed, nothing has been paid since.
I have kept all emails between my dentist and myself and have a copy of the contract here. I copied all the emails to a friend, for back up purposes, if required.
No, I haven't had a second opinion. I would think another dentist would need my records from my current dentist.
You need to get a second opinion. The new dentist can get your records or a copy of them.
If the second dentist confirms the first one has been negligent then you may have a claim
The first dentist may have been negligent or in breach of Section 13 of the Sale and Supply of Goods and Services Act 1982 for not acting with all reasonable skill and care.
But if you want to seek compensation and it does go to Court, any Judge is going to need a second opinion
Because if the second dentist says the first dentist did nothing wrong, you have no claim
So you need a second dentist to say whether the work done was correct
That is the first step
Can I clarify anything for you about this today please?
I cannot fault my dentist in his care and commitment during this procedure. There were several fittings and new plates made and inserted, all failed. The value of the titanium bar is £1000 which he didn't charge me for, or the new plate with clips on the inside to clip onto the bar. In all his expetience of dental implants he has never come across the difficulties experienced with my procedure. He had been going to ask me to pay for the bar and plate but I said I couldn't undertake further expense. The dentist could see the emails were going to a 3rd party, which may have influenced his decision about not charging for extra treatment. I am going to consult him again about releiving the discomfort on the RH side. From what you have said I think if I did try to claim I might entail a lot of expense and then have no result. I do not want to go down this road unless there was a strong case for compensation. Considering the care, attention, time he has devoted to this I am going to have to live with this.