Wednesday 18 October 2017

Bad dental work case settled

Tim Healy

A WOMAN has settled her High Court action against an dental agency after it was claimed she ended up with three of her teeth dying following treatment at a Hungarian clinic.

Siobhan Dowling, Gleann na Riough, Naas, Co Kildare, sued Tibor Botos, trading as Tibor Dental, Balinnea, Carrigaline, Cork, a dental agency which refers patients to its clinics in Budapest.

The case came before High Court president Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns last week when lawyers for Ms Dowling said it was a matter for assessment of damages only.

However, after a man appeared in court saying he had been asked to deliver a letter from Mr Botos, the judge adjourned the case to give the defendant an opportunity to turn up in person and also to allow a dental expert on behalf of Ms Dowling to give evidence.

The judge granted another short adjournment to allow for discussions with Mr Botos who had turned up in court.

Later, Patricia Dillon SC, for Ms Dowling, said the case had been settled and could be adjourned for a month for mention.

Last week, Ms Dillon told the judge that Ms Dowling went to Mr Botos's agency in 2009 because she had four veneers on her front teeth which needed replacement.

He advised her not to have veneers but to have six crowns put in and he sent her to Hungary for the work.

While it appeared to have been satisfactorily completed from a cosmetic viewpoint, the crowns did not fit and she developed increasing pain, counsel said.

By November 2009, her face had swelled up and after attending another dentist, it was found that two of her teeth were dead and a third was dying and it too later died, counsel said.

She also had abscesses on her gums and was treated with antibiotics.

A further examination showed the vitality of five teeth had been affected.

She underwent repair treatment which did not conclude until May 2010, counsel said.

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