A man whose dentist allegedly left him "in agony" received an £11,000 payout after launching legal action.

Layton Graham had five fillings placed within the space of a week by Dr Robert Messer of Kirkby Family Dental Centre between 2017 and 2018.

The 42-year-old went back to Dr Messer several times over the next few weeks but eventually sought a second opinion, and his case was settled out of court without an admission of liability from the dentist.

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He said: "I’d been visiting Dr Messer for a while for regular check-ups without any major problem, so I went for what I thought would be a routine appointment

"He took some X-rays and said there was decay and that I’d needed fillings. I was so shocked as I didn’t think there would be any problem at all.”

But unfortunately for Mr Graham things started to go wrong.

The call centre worker said: "I had five fillings placed over the space of a week, I was in agony, I was brushing my teeth all the time, they were just so sensitive.

"I knew something was up so I saw an emergency dentist, who prescribed me antibiotics for an infection.

"About a month later I couldn’t take it anymore and went back to Dr Messer to see what he could do, he placed more fillings and then suggested I needed root canal treatment. I agreed to the procedure and I really hoped this would be the end of my pain.”

But Mr Graham continued to experience problems with his teeth.

He said: "I ended up going back to the dentist six times in about eight weeks to try and solve the pain.

"But, it was short lived as only two months later half of my mouth swelled up, I was in agony."

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He added: "This was happening regularly and whenever it would happen I’d struggle to eat on one side, it was so embarrassing. I bit the bullet and went back to Dr Messer who said I had a severe gum infection and prescribed me antibiotics.”

However after still suffering from pain Mr Graham decided to get a second opinion.

According to the new dentist X-rays revealed that decay had been left under the fillings.

Mr Graham said: “I’m now faced with the tough decision of whether I seek expensive specialist root canal treatment, or just remove the tooth altogether, something I’d very much like to avoid as it’s right at the front.”

After getting the results, he contacted the Dental Law Partnership.

The specialist firm took on Mr Graham’s case in 2019 and the case was settled in 2021 when the dentist paid £11,000 in an out of court settlement.

Olivia Mounsey, of the Dental Law Partnership, said: “The distress and pain our client has experienced was completely unnecessary."

The Dental Law Partnership took on Mr Graham’s case in 2019.

The case was successfully settled in 2021 without the dentist admitting liability.

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