A patient who suffered a botched tooth extraction has sued his former dentist for £11,500.
Przemyslaw Mirus suffered nine months of painful tooth complications after dentist Thomas Willan failed to complete a tooth and root extraction in October 2012.
A fragment of the root that was left entered Mr Mirus’s sinus.
Mr Willan, who worked at David Woods Dental Practice, Mirfield, at the time, settled out of court. He did not admit liability.
The surgery and Wakefield Pinderfields Hospital also failed to spot 1-2mm of bone protruding from the wound.
In February last year, surgeons at Pinderfields removed the root under general anaesthetic. But the excruciating pain continued until September when the bone was finally removed.
Mr Mirus, of Staincliffe, said: “To add insult to injury I was passed from pillar to post between the dentist and the hospital at this time. Nobody wanted to take responsibility for me – it was awful.
“I was completely let down by Mr Willan and I am just glad it’s all over and I can get on with my life.”
Mr Mirus’s case was taken up by the Dental Law Partnership which found that Mr Willan’s care ‘fell considerably short of what was expected of him’.
Mr Willan said: “I am disappointed that the treatment fell short of what the patient expected on this occasion and I hope the settlement goes some way to resolving the matter.
“Although I will not comment publicly about individual cases due to patient confidentiality, I always strive to provide the best possible dental care.”
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, which manages Pinderfields Hospital, wanted to comment.