A housewife who was left ‘afraid to smile’ after a dentist filed her tooth away instead of straightening it has settled her legal case.
Roisin Mimnagh, 50, who lives north of Dublin, sued dentist Anna O’Donovan for £60,000 over work on an incisor that was carried out in 2013.
Ms Mimnagh said she went to Dr O’Donovan expecting to have some white filler applied to the incisor to make the tooth appear straighter.
Roisin Mimnagh, 50 (right), sued dentist Anna O’Donovan (left) for £60,000 after a court was told she filed away the housewife’s tooth instead of straightening it
But after the treatment was over she discovered the dentist had filed the whole tooth away and replaced it with a fake.
The replacement was ‘smaller and shorter and different from her original tooth,’ lawyers for Ms Mimnagh argued, according to the Irish Independent.
Ms Mimnagh’s lawyers said she takes pride in her appearance and was left ‘bitter’ and disappointed that her tooth was gone.
She still wears ‘an appliance’ on the tooth, the court heard, despite some remedial work being carried out immediately afterwards.
Experts who examined her said she will need further realignment work in the future.
Dr O’Donovan admitted she did not obtain written consent for the specific procedure carried out and agreed to settle the case for an undisclosed sum
Ms Mimnagh was left ‘afraid to smile’ after discovering her tooth had been replaced with a fake that was ‘smaller and shorter’ than the original
An estimate of £5,000 for the work was submitted to the court, but the judge refused to accept it because it was out of date.
Lawyers for Dr O’Donovan said she had entered a full defense to Ms Mimnagh’s claims, but found the case ‘distressing’ and was willing to settle.
Dr O’Donovan also conceded that she had not obtained written consent for the specific procedure carried out.
The pair reached an agreement shortly afterwards. The amount was not disclosed to the court.