I've had my teeth worked on the left side only, upper and lower. Before I had a few cavities, but not in pain. I've had constant pain since the start of the treatment (end of May). The procedure was to place caps on three upper teeth, a bridge in the lower teeth, and one tooth extraction.
The first problem was a dry socket. I went back to dentist at least three times a week for 4 weeks trying to get some help to reduce the pain (dental hygienist). Finally, I demanded to see the Dr. He came in and diagnosed the problem as an abscess tooth. He said that as soon as the abscess was taken care of, I would be free of pain. I immediately had a root canal and still had intense pain for 4 days after the root canal. The specialist did repack the extracted tooth area and told me not to irrigate the socket as instructed by the hygienist (I had a temporary bridge over the socket). The 3 upper teeth had crowns, but I was not asked if I ever wanted to have my teeth whitened. (Everything in his office displays, TV showing, etc. showed the before and after work and I expected to have white teeth after the work was completed. He said that if I wanted white teeth, I should have told him before the caps were in place. (I did see the color of the teeth before they were cemented on and in my mind, I did question it, but not verbally – why he did not ask me if I wanted white teeth before he had the crowns installed. He said that he would replace the crowns, but I would have the pay for the making of the crowns. (He did a root canal on one of the three teeth). He had a cancellation so he started to remove to of the crowns – the back one was to be left as is. He seemed to be a little aggressive and could feel broken pieces of the crown hit my arm and chest. Then he said (OOPS), he cracked the tooth. He said that the tooth probably would have cracked in 3 to 4 years anyway. I’m scheduled to have the broken tooth removed Monday. I stilled had pain in my lower teeth where the temp. bridge is and believe the tooth on the other side of the bridge is abscessed, but not as bad as the dry socket was.
Bottom line: Unless something else comes up, I will have had three root canals, and two teeth pulled on just one side of my mouth.
Question: Could his work on 3 of my teeth cause the abscess? I did not have any problems before.
When all is said and done, the work on my left side will cost in excess of $9K. Would you go back to the same dentist to have the work completed, bite the bullet now?