A man from Oldham has received a £42,500 pay-out after botched dental work left him without eleven teeth and a mouth that resembled ‘a building site.’ Ian Lisle, 51, visited dentist Michael Garside regularly but was not informed about decay that was present in his teeth; he found out about the problem after visiting another dental surgeon to have an implant placed. The initial check-up revealed that eleven teeth would have to be removed and replaced; Mr Lisle sued Dr Garside for the costly mistake and won an out-of-court settlement.
Mr Lisle told the papers ‘I’ll never know how Dr Garside could have let things get as bad as they did. I was led to believe my oral health was much better than it was, when in fact, the opposite was true.’ Mr Lisle also spoke about how the bungled treatment affect his confidence and described his x-rays as ‘a right mess’ with ‘scaffolding-like metal in my gums from where Mr Garside had made mistakes.’ He added ‘It was horrifying and I couldn’t believe it.’
In reference to his upcoming implant treatment, he added ‘I’ve still got a long journey ahead of me but I’m trying to move on now. Hopefully when I have the work done my smile will be back to normal.’
The Care Quality Commission produced a report last year on the surgery, saying that there was ‘enough qualified, skilled and experienced staff to meet people’s needs.’