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Tooth treated with root canal infected due to mistake

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  • Posted By: John Pine
  • October 10, 2009
  • 06:01 AM

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X-Ray image above. The molar on my lower right (2nd tooth from the end) had a root canal and crown done at a very reputable dental clinic in NW Nassau several years ago, where I continue to go to recieve dental care. Before the root canal the tooth was giving me pain due to a cavity that went too deep, after the RCT I had no problems with the tooth, until late this summer, even I had swelling (but no pain) in the gum around the tooth. An X-Ray was taken and the dentist said there was an abscess there, it was drained, and I was put on Penicillin for 2 weeks. The swelling went away. I go for a return visit today, and the dentist said the tooth still needed to come out. They didn't take another X-Ray, but according to the endo on duty, he stressed it needed to come out soon. She also explained to me the reason why the abscess is there, she said the DENTIST WENT TOO DEEP WITH THE POSTS. She also said that he should've been able to see on the X-Ray he was going to deep. The dentist I have for this year (its a clinic so they rotate dentists) said that it is still infected, and that bone is being lost. She then contradicted herself and said that the infection will return, eventually. They are stressing me getting it pulled ASAP because the longer I wait the harder it will be to put an implant in. But implants aren't covered by my insurance, and I still haven't finished paying off the Root Canal/Crown. Ins. only covers cavities, cleanings, extractions, and checkups. Which brings me to my other point. While my dentist is very nice, the folks in the office got mad when I told them I wasn't going to give them any more money for the RCT that was done wrong. Then they have the NERVE to still want money. After awhile it sunk in the REAL reason they want the tooth removed, so they can do implants and make even more money from me! So what should I do? I am having no more pain or swelling, and would rather just leave it as its not bothering me. Should I go to another dentist and get a 2nd opinion? Should I see a lawyer? I dont want to sue, I just want them to get off my back about the $700 balance they still want from me!
BTW the clinic is the North Shore University Dental clinic on Community Drive in Manhasset. I always thought I was in great hands there until this, now I have to wonder.

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  • I am a dentist, and I would not pay for that substandard work. The dentist clearly perforated the distal root. Had I made that mistake, I would not charge a dime but be more than happy to remove the tooth and place/restore the implant. I have heard this type of story before, and I don't get why some dentists cannot admit their mistake, fix it or pay to have it fixed, learn, and move on. They are begging to be sued, and I am telling you the clinic has no defense. Get a second opinion, and go back to the original office and give them one more chance. If they do not cone around, contact your state dental board to file a complaint and/or an attorney.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 2, 2011
    • 01:09 PM
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  • http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v88/Btraindash/mybadrootcanal.jpgX-Ray image above. The molar on my lower right (2nd tooth from the end) had a root canal and crown done at a very reputable dental clinic in NW Nassau several years ago, where I continue to go to recieve dental care. Before the root canal the tooth was giving me pain due to a cavity that went too deep, after the RCT I had no problems with the tooth, until late this summer, even I had swelling (but no pain) in the gum around the tooth. An X-Ray was taken and the dentist said there was an abscess there, it was drained, and I was put on Penicillin for 2 weeks. The swelling went away. I go for a return visit today, and the dentist said the tooth still needed to come out. They didn't take another X-Ray, but according to the endo on duty, he stressed it needed to come out soon. She also explained to me the reason why the abscess is there, she said the DENTIST WENT TOO DEEP WITH THE POSTS. She also said that he should've been able to see on the X-Ray he was going to deep. The dentist I have for this year (its a clinic so they rotate dentists) said that it is still infected, and that bone is being lost. She then contradicted herself and said that the infection will return, eventually. They are stressing me getting it pulled ASAP because the longer I wait the harder it will be to put an implant in. But implants aren't covered by my insurance, and I still haven't finished paying off the Root Canal/Crown. Ins. only covers cavities, cleanings, extractions, and checkups. Which brings me to my other point. While my dentist is very nice, the folks in the office got mad when I told them I wasn't going to give them any more money for the RCT that was done wrong. Then they have the NERVE to still want money. After awhile it sunk in the REAL reason they want the tooth removed, so they can do implants and make even more money from me! So what should I do? I am having no more pain or swelling, and would rather just leave it as its not bothering me. Should I go to another dentist and get a 2nd opinion? Should I see a lawyer? I dont want to sue, I just want them to get off my back about the $700 balance they still want from me! BTW the clinic is the North Shore University Dental clinic on Community Drive in Manhasset. I always thought I was in great hands there until this, now I have to wonder.My whole mouth is covered with bridges & crowns....after almost 20 years some of my bridges are ready to be replaced.
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  • I agree. You should never have to pay for low quality work. Actually, if that dentist would like to keep his reputation he should offer you lifetime free check-ups.________________________________Steve Worksorthodontietraitement de canal prix
    Steve Works 1 Replies
    • February 8, 2013
    • 09:54 AM
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