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Old 09-10-2015, 09:48 PM
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So here is the story ...I'm in so much pain, I can't sleepy so let's just get busy by typing, sorry if it turns a little long.

5 months ago one of my molars started hurting, I was in the process of finding a new dentist anyway because of new insurance and all that so I went with one of those that have multiples offices all in the area plus they were open during the weekend which is when my pain started, I researched and they had pretty good reviews so that made me feel a little less nervous (let me just say that I'm one of those who has a huge fear to the dentist), I went in and they told me my molars was cracked and I needed a root canal, insurance paid half of it, I didn't have money so I went with care credit to pay my part (close $800 including the crown).

The dentist seemed nice but the experience wasn't the best, I'm not sure if it wasn't because of the shape of my tooth, because it felt like he was in a hurry or what but he struggled a lot (not sure on which part of the process cause I mean I'm not a dentist and I don't know what was going on in there), he even burned me under my tongue to the point of leaving a hole and something that looked like a tube was sticking out and I was in pain for a week, then I went back the next week to get the crown placed and that was another struggle, so tight but he said it was normal even tho he had to fight with it to get it in place.

Fast forward to 2 days ago. I started having pain on that same tooth. I found another dentist cause I didn't like the experience, they saw me the same day, took x rays and told me that there's infection on that root canal, the dentist showed me the black spot at the bottom of one of the canals of the tooth and told me that means infection/inflammation and that in his opinion that root canal wasn't well done because the (I forgot the name) stick thingy the put in the canals is only half way down or maybe a little lower the canal and not all the way down to the bottom like it should, he referred me to an endodontist because he said they are specialist and know better when it comes to this type of situation, I called to make an appointment but they don't have anything until Wednesday so that's a 5 days wait and I'm in pain, it's getting worse by the minute even tho the new dentist put me on antibiotics. So I called the place they did the root canal at 5 months ago and told them what's going on and they gave me an appt for Saturday morning so that's better I guess but I'm not even sure how I feel about letting the same dentist touching my mouth ...

So here are my questions.

If I need to have the root canal redone should the dentist who did it do it at no cost or do I need to pay for it? I'm still paying the care credit line .

Can they use the same crown or do i need to get a new one?

Would an extraction be cheaper? I seriously don't have more money (I had another root canal done 1 month ago but that was done by the new dentist I found)
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Old 09-11-2015, 09:38 PM
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What happened is called a "short fill". The dentist failed to properly clean out and fill the empty canal. It's not uncommon, but is a sign of sub par work.

The tooth is easily retreated and should be fine if properly completed.

Were it me, I would ask if they have an endodontist (specialist in root canals), and if so, insist that specialist finish the job FOR FREE. The first job was botched. They either owe you a full refund or to to it over right.

As to extracting the tooth, may not be a bad idea and here's why... if the tooth is cracked, those generally don't have a real good prognosis. And if the crack is, or gets into a root then the tooth is a total goner.
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Old 09-20-2015, 11:56 PM
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If you want to do root canal redone then the dentist may charge you money once again, but in my opinion, he must give you some concessions and it may happen that you need to get a new crown.
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