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Old 10-26-2019, 07:50 PM
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About two months ago I got a root canal and crown on one of my canine teeth. I wear a retainer so I had to go back twice and get an adjustment on the retainer because I felt like it was too tight on my new crown (I have one of those hard plastic retainers). The first time I called, I was told to make an appointment and come in and she would make the adjustment. The second time I called, I was told there would be an office visit charge. I balked at this since I paid $1850 for the dental work for the root canal and crown. I think it was probably the tight retainer that has caused my current situation. My crown is tender when I touch it, and I am beginning to feel a dull ache in that root canal. (I wasn't feeling any tenderness or discomfort til recently). Will they fix whatever the problem is without additional charges, or will I be charged for additional work? In other words, is the work they did guaranteed? I kinda think it would be guaranted, but the fact that I've been in the office twice afterwards getting my retainer adjusted makes me nervous... .as if they will think I have exhausted their good will. I am nervous about it because I don't know what to expect from them as a response.
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Old 10-26-2019, 08:14 PM
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Good will ?
Professionals usually will re evaluate the cause and effect. Which your visits will concur created the further need to redo/adjust.
Mine did a replacement when 2 weeks later the crown dislodged. No cost. Not even for his "time" .
Some will justify or try to use varying excuses to get you to meet them half way on their mistake. Thus they haven't lost a dime. Dental markups avg 125-150% percent.
Consult with your dentist. If he is upstanding..he will correct the problem.
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Old 10-26-2019, 08:33 PM
Location: Michigan
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If it's their error and they charge you again to fix it, IMO, it's time to find a different dentist.
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Old 10-27-2019, 10:33 AM
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What do they charge you for an office visit? My dentist charges $60 (depending). Also, was this a regular dentist that did the root canal, & not an endodontist? You might want to pay for a consult with a (really good) endodontist in your area.

Also, $1850 for both a root canal and crown would be unheard of around here (New England). Root canals alone are $1400+, & the same for crowns......
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Old 10-27-2019, 10:55 AM
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have had several root canals, crowns, and implants. In every case I had to sign a document acknowledging that there could be a failure resulting in serious complications. Based on that I would say that no, they are not guaranteed. The only problems I ever had were the crown coming off, and the dentist did not charge to re-cement them.
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Old 10-27-2019, 08:31 PM
Location: The Bubble, Florida
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I didn't think the acrylic retainers could be adjusted like that. I had to get a root canal and crown and there was no way my retainer fit. Two different doctors, one who only does root canals (and the crowns that go on them) and the other regular dentist who did my braces. The crown was bigger than the original tooth and not the exact same shape. I had to be fitted for a completely new retainer to accommodate the new shape and size molar.

But that retainer broke when I tried to pull it off a few nights later. THAT one was replaced at no extra charge to me, the dentist just told the company that makes them that it was defective. Had the replacement 10 days later, no problem. She gave me a duplicate for half price too.
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Old 10-30-2019, 07:34 AM
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Sounds like the problem is with your existing retainer, not the crown and/or root canal itself. Your retainer was designed to fit the shape of your teeth as they were at the time. Now you have a crown, hence your tooth is not the exact shape it used to be. You might need a new retainer and should be charged accordingly. If you buy a suit but then gain weight a few years later, the tailor will charge you for any alterations or a new suit.
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Old 11-05-2019, 08:26 PM
Location: North Texas
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I had 2 Root canal. One aches still and one doesn't.
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Old 11-06-2019, 11:56 PM
Location: Houston, USA
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A root canal is frequently the most conservative treatment when a root is infected or a tooth has severe decay or damage. Like root canals, dental implants have a high success rate. But there are risks with dental implants, as well.
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