A WOMAN has received £6,500 in an out of court settlement after she claimed she was left in severe pain following a tooth extraction.

Natalie Jardim, a health professional from Darlington, said she had to spend two nights in hospital when she became ill following the procedure by dentist Dr Akash Ghai.

Dr Ghai did not admit liability and in a statement, told The Northern he always strives to "provide the very best care for my patients".

Mrs Jardim, 36, made her claim supported by the Dental Law Partnership.

She said she first visited the dental practice on 44A Front Street in Newcastle, in September 2014 following a referral with toothache by her previous dentist.

Mrs Jardim’s tooth was removed in September 2014.

She said: “As soon as the tooth had been extracted, I knew something wasn’t right. I thought the pain would subside, but it actually got worse.

“My mouth became so sensitive that it was even sensitive to air.

"I could feel a whistling over where the tooth was extracted which I thought was very concerning.

“I was in agony for three weeks.”

Dr Ghai denied Mrs Jardim’s claims and said he was pleased the matter had been bought to a satisfactory conclusion so that all parties can now move on.

He said: “I would like to make it clear that I do not agree with the facts as conveyed by The Dental Law Partnership, but I cannot provide details of Mrs Jardim’s treatment and management because of my professional duty to protect the confidentiality of my patients.

"However, I always strive to provide the very best care for my patients and act in their best interests."

The Dental Law Partnership took on Mrs Jardim’s case in 2016. The case was settled in 2017.