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Old 05-05-2016, 11:44 AM
 
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So a little over 2 years ago I started working with a dentist and had multiple root canals done by him. He left the country because apparently he was from India on a visa and wasn't approved to stay for citizenship or some sort of thing. Anyway, he's gone to India and I can't reach him.

Since I needed a new dentist I got in to the University of Ct Dental School Clinic. They do amazing work and I'm incredibly happy.

My new dentist and their endontist say 5 of the root canals have failed and need to be retreated.

Is this normal or did I get bad Dental work?

The next problem is my old dentist is refusing to release my records, saying it's against there policy. I thought that was illegal, do I have any recourse?
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Old 05-05-2016, 11:45 AM
 
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Have you had your new dentist contact your old dentist?
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:21 PM
 
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Have you had your new dentist contact your old dentist?
No because my old dentist isn't there anymore. Honestly it's a huge mess, I've called multiple times and have asked to speak to the practice manager but they won't even give me her name. Or anyone's name that isn't a receptionist.

I actually said to the girl, who signs your pay checks? What's their name.
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:54 PM
 
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When I moved to a new state, my new doctors each had me fill out a form authorizing them to contact my previous doctors for my records to be sent directly to the new doctors. All I needed to provide was the name and address of the practice and their fax number.


This worked for my primary care doctor, eye doctor and dentist.
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Old 05-05-2016, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Alexandria, VA
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I haven't search but have you looked/searched in the Dental Forum for similar?
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Old 05-05-2016, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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I would NEVER let a dentist do a root canal! EVER! Go to an endodontist...that's ALL they do..and the do it fast and correctly!
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Old 05-05-2016, 02:54 PM
 
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I would NEVER let a dentist do a root canal! EVER! Go to an endodontist...that's ALL they do..and the do it fast and correctly!
I couldn't, I have dental insurance, but there weren't any eligible endontists accepting patients. The reason I can see one now is because I got into to the UConn clinic program and they take my insurance.

The catch is my insurance doesn't cover a re-treatment, so I'm on the hook at least $700 each.

I'll have to try the records release. The last time I asked they told me their dentist has to sign off on the release, but he's not in the country anymore, so they're giving me a run around. Is that even legal?

Is there a way to like report the dentist or something?
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Old 05-05-2016, 03:11 PM
 
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I couldn't, Is there a way to like report the dentist or something?
Contact your State Medical Board.
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Old 05-05-2016, 06:13 PM
 
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Contact your State Medical Board.
Thank you!
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