Tooth Decay Claims

Tooth decay is the destruction of your tooth enamel, the hard, outer layer of your teeth. It can be a problem for children, teens and adults.

Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on your teeth. When you eat or drink foods containing sugars, the bacteria in plaque produce acids that attack tooth enamel.

It is the responsibility of your dentist to not only detect signs of tooth decay, but also to take the necessary steps to resolve the issue, whether that be through giving you a brushing/flossing plan to stick to, or arranging further restorative treatment.

You may be able to claim against your dentist if:

  1. You have attended regular check-ups, but your dentist failed to notice your tooth decay
  2. Your dentist didn’t take action against your tooth decay quickly enough
  3. Your dentist offered the wrong treatment for your tooth decay
  4. Your dentist misdiagnosed the severity of your tooth decay meaning your treatment plan was ineffective.
  5. You had a tooth unnecessarily extracted for tooth decay
  6. You received negligent root canal treatment to amend your tooth decay


Mrs SA woman has won a £30,000 payout after dentists failed to spot tooth decay which left her in agony for eight years. Despite evidence of decay being visible in X-rays taken in 2005.

To learn more about whether you can claim for dental negligence, you can visit the ‘dental negligence’ area of our website, or alternatively call us on 0161 685 0070 or email us at to discuss your claim entitlement.