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cotton was found under my permanent crown

Posted In: Dental conditions 9 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 28, 2006
  • 02:43 AM

Hello all,
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.
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  • :eek: What a ***k!!!!!!!!!!So sorry you are going through all this..I would say to call a lawyer.Asking for advice is free!!!!I have never spoke with a lawyer that would'nt offer advice over the phone-if one tells you any different-hang up!!!You are right he owes you some money-maybe some for pain and suffering as well!!!!You may have to go ahead and pay outta pocket to get your tooth fixed now-just make that call to a lawyer -or maybe a few of them-just to see what your best way to go would be..But defenetly dont give up!!You deserve to get your money back and then some...Hope you get yourself taken care of sooner rather than later!!
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  • Aloha! This Is Hawaiianbob; I Would Go And Write To Judge Joe Brown. He Is Very Good In These Matters And He Does Compensate For Pain! You Have Had Enough Misery From This Guy, Maybe He Is A Auto Mechanic. There Are Some Butchers Out There. Thats Why He Had To Sell And Move. I Will Pray For You. Aloha! Hawaiianbob
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  • We dentists are not soothsayers. We cannot tell whether your tooth would die after placing the crown or eventually heal up. From what you said it sounded like you had REVERSIBLE pulpitis (inflammation of the nerve) characterised by symptoms of hot/cold sensitivity. Reversible pulpitis usually takes ages to heal, sometimes months or even a year. Personally I would only do a root canal if patient exhibits symptoms of irreversible pulpitis such as spontaneous dull throbbing ache, swelling, etc. In this case, the dentist did not misdiagnose. ***t happens. Even perfect tooth can die after crown placement, it just does and nobody knows why. But he was wrong in leaving the cotton under your crown, which I don't understand why he did that. So if you want to get some sort of reimbursement, use the cotton as an argument instead of the so-called misdiagnosis of not doing root canal. Good luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 22, 2006
    • 08:18 AM
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  • Hello all,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.:confused:i think that you should send a letter stating your findings to this dentist and ask him to correct his mistake at his own costs.if he does not respond to that you should send a second letter spelling out the course of action that you intend to take if he does not. you can file a claim in the small claims court in your city and present your case there you will not even need a lawyer and can represent yourself.
    jannamichelle 1 Replies
    • October 22, 2006
    • 05:42 PM
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  • where can i look up if there are complaints filed against my dentist?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 5, 2006
    • 07:27 PM
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  • small claims for reimbursement and report him to state dental board-may be called" health quality assurance "in your state-try googling dental complaints and your state.Also check public records to see if there are judgments-in Fl. you can do this via internet-if he has judgments, small claims would just be a waste(the blood-turnip defense). but it defintely is a leg. complaint against him by his state board and that is w/o any fees for you to pay..
    lucy's mom 15 Replies Flag this Response
  • You don't need a dentist in this case. You need an attorney!y
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 13, 2007
    • 08:12 PM
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  • Hello all,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.:confused: :eek: Have you considered small claims court? I don't know if he has to respond if he's in another state. If that had happened in any of the practices I worked in, you would have gotten some reimbursement.
    corinne1958 5 Replies
    • December 4, 2007
    • 08:23 PM
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  • I had a lot of pain in my jaw and didn't know where it was coming from. I discovered that one of my previous dentists had put in a huge filling which compromised my nerve and eventually had to have a root canal done. Next to that tooth, was another which had previously had a root canal and crown done, but a different previous dentist, never filled one of the canals which consequently became infected. My new dentist has had to constantly repair my other dentists' work. I have spent so much money on the top right quadrant of my mouth through bad work, but I do understand that sometimes x-rays do not always show up the problem. My last root canal re-do was yet another tooth that had been worked on before with a root canal filling. A previous dentist had left a gap in the filling and an abcess had formed causing intense pain. My face has caused me years of pain, until my current dentist came along. He is trying to put right years of botched jobs from my previous dentists.
    mumzie 32 Replies
    • December 15, 2007
    • 07:22 AM
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