A woman who broke a tooth after biting into what she described as a rock-hard ciabatta roll has been awarded €17,470 damages in the Circuit Civil Court against a Dublin store.
Bernadette Moore (58) told the court she bought the roll at Centra in Fairview, Dublin, in August 2015.
She selected the roll from a basket above the delicatessen counter and asked a store assistant to put fillings in it.
She said that after leaving the store she went to her car and started driving while eating her sandwich. She felt a crack in her upper left pre-molar after the first bite on the 'rock-hard' roll.
She told her barrister, Conor Kearney, that she then went back to the shop to inform staff about what had happened.
She claimed a store manager had been very apologetic and offered her a bottle of water and painkillers.
Mr Kearney, who appeared with Tracey Solicitors, said Ms Moore, of Belclare Park, Poppintree, Dublin, had later attended her dentist. She discovered she had suffered a fracture in her tooth.
Counsel said the tooth could not be preserved and would need to be extracted and replaced by an implant. He said the estimated cost of the dental procedure was €2,470.
She sued Fairview Retail Investments Ltd, which trades as Centra Fairview, of Annesley Bridge Road, Fairview, for negligence.
The store denied all of Ms Moore's allegations.
Judge Groarke awarded her €15,000 damages for her pain and suffering and €2,470 for the future dental work.