I do not know if this the right forum that I should post my problem. I wanted to go ahead and post it anyway. Any advise/suggestions that you could provide will be appreciated. Last year, I had a big filling in one of my tooth and it fell off. I was in pain, so I went to see my dentist. He took the X-ray and recommended to get the crown. I got the crown done and paid about $300 out of my pocket. After the procedure was done, I was still in pain. I went back to visit him couple times but he thought that the crown was not properly balanced which was causing a pain. So to resolve the issue, he filed the crown both the times and sent me home. However I was still in the pain so I went back the 3rd time. He had no choice but to take another X-ray. Then he diagnosed that I would need a root canal. I decided not to get a root canal with him because he mis-diagonsed it putting the crown without doing the root canal at the first place. After few months, I was will still in pain, not continously but it was very sensitive to hot and cold drink/food. Then I decided to visit another dentist.
He went through the regular examination and diagnosed that I would need a root canal. I made an appointment and went for the root canal procedure. While he was drilling the crown, he found cotton under my permanent crown to his surprise. According to my new dentist, I was having pain because of the infection that was caused by the cotton which should not have been there. My current insurance only covers 60% for the root canal and crown. That means after I get the root canal done, he would need to replace my half year old crown which will cost me another $350 out of pocket. I paid about $300 last year to get a crown on the same tooth and now I will have to spend another $350 which I do not think is fair. Since it was my previous dentist's mistake with misdiagonosis by not recommending root canal before the crown and secondly putting cotton underneath the permanent crown. I want to get an reimbursement from him. I have not talked to him yet. But I am thinking to send him a letter. I found out that he sold his practice and moved to different state. I did some research about him, and I found some complaints about his service. Apparently I am not the only one who is going through this kind of situation. How should I approach this matter with him so that he realises his mistake to get reimbursed for the crown that he did last year? What other alternatives do I have to get the monetary reimbursement. I have read about complaining in the dental board but the board does not have the authority to award monetary reimburment as a liability. How about small claims court? But I do not want to get tangled into long drawn out process and do not have time for those.
Sorry for the long the story. Thank your for having patience to read my problem. I think it is not fair that he should get away with his fault, if I do not take any action and I will have to pay again for his mistake. I will really appreciate your help/advice/suggestion. Thanks in advance.