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Old 12-24-2019, 09:56 AM
 
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Hello, I received a root canal, and a new crown on one of my canine teeth in July of this year. My crown is sensitive to heat, and as a general rule is sore. My dentist said the root canal probably didn't get all the infection out, or perhaps the infection came back. He gave me strong antibiotics to take for a week. The antibiotics had no positive effect on the tooth. It has now been 6 months since the root canal and crown. The dentist says he recommends I see a endodontist. Which presumably I will be responsible for financially. As someone who doesn't have a lick of dental insurance, who works part-time, I can't afford it. I want to be reasonable. Is it reasonable that I should have to pay an endodonist to fix my root canal?
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Old 12-24-2019, 10:15 AM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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I have had several root canals and a few implants. Nothing is guaranteed, In fact, my dentist went over the possible complications and side effects and I had to sign a disclaimer prior to the procedures. Reasonable or not, that's not any different than your general practitioner doctor referring you to a specialist, you have to pay for it (or insurance pays if you have it). You might try looking for lower cost services at a dental school, or an endo that offers a payment plan.
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Old 12-24-2019, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Michigan
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I had that happen many years ago. I then had to go to an Endodontist to have him re-do the root canal from the side. That cost me $300 after insurance.

I didn't like paying the money, but it worked and fixed me up. A tooth infection can cause a lot of health issues, and can even eventually kill you depending on how bad it gets.

Just do it, and chalk it up. You don't want to mess with infections. Ask the Endo if you can make payment, or sign up for this Carecredit card. I use it myself as I no longer have dental insurance. No interest, if paid back before it's due. You'll have about 6 months to pay it back, depending on how much it is.

https://www.carecredit.com/
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Old 12-24-2019, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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Root canal didn't work, should I be required to pay for specialist. Yes.

My BIL had cancer removed from his spine 6 months ago, the Dr. explained it may come back again or even in another area/organ. It did and he had to pay again. OP you see a specialist you pay, the original Dr./Dentist cannot make guarantees, or any other Dr., on health issues.
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Old 12-24-2019, 12:47 PM
 
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I had the same problem. So I was referred. Then a specialist broke off the drill on a bone in my sinus. He said it was non-allergenic and could stay in place.

I got a crown. Illness continued for years until the source of my problems was revealed with swelling on my face. My crown was destroyed in the process of tending to the problem. At that point I got a denture.

All in all the expense, illness and time were considerable. I often wonder if the continued source was the embedded drill and if I shouldn't have had compensation. The surgeon who did the final repair sedated me so I don't know what was done and he said he "saw no evidence of a drill." Hmm.
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Old 12-24-2019, 12:52 PM
 
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OP, only thing guaranteed in life is death and taxes. Also, like I taught my kids, nothing in the small print says life is fair.


Sorry you are going through this, but YOU have to PAY
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Old 12-24-2019, 12:55 PM
 
Location: on the wind
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Hello, I received a root canal, and a new crown on one of my canine teeth in July of this year. My crown is sensitive to heat, and as a general rule is sore. My dentist said the root canal probably didn't get all the infection out, or perhaps the infection came back. He gave me strong antibiotics to take for a week. The antibiotics had no positive effect on the tooth. It has now been 6 months since the root canal and crown. The dentist says he recommends I see a endodontist. Which presumably I will be responsible for financially. As someone who doesn't have a lick of dental insurance, who works part-time, I can't afford it. I want to be reasonable. Is it reasonable that I should have to pay an endodonist to fix my root canal?
Unfortunately yes. The human body isn't completely predictable or controllable. Sounds as if your original dentist did what he could but your tooth decided not to cooperate. I know it's not the desirable option, but if the tooth is causing a lot of pain and you can't afford further attempts to save it, there is always the option to pull it.

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Old 12-24-2019, 01:27 PM
 
Location: The Bubble, Florida
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Had a similar situation with a molar, but it was just a really deep cavity. Enough drilling that I ended up needing a crown. Got the crown but it was super painful to put it on the tooth. They said it was likely just really sore since they just did the filling (it was a temporary crown they made in the in-office lab).

A week later and it was still really painful and sensitive to heat and cold. Dentist sent me to an endodontist. Endo said there was a hairline fracture at the very base of the tooth, where the x-ray missed (since x-rays can't always get every detail 100%). So I got the root canal treatment, and felt immediate relief. The nerve was inflamed because of the untreated fracture. But I really DID have a huge cavity in the molar, which is what the dentist saw in the x-ray and what she treated exactly how she should have.
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Old 12-24-2019, 09:39 PM
 
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My dad had a heart attack and his cardiologists placed a coronary stent. 6 months later he had another heart attack requiring surgery. Should the cardiologist pay the surgeon's bill? Everyone knows that all medical treatments are supposed to be successful 100% of the time....
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Old Today, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Orig. Maryland. CA/TX.
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Hello, I received a root canal, and a new crown on one of my canine teeth in July of this year. My crown is sensitive to heat, and as a general rule is sore. My dentist said the root canal probably didn't get all the infection out, or perhaps the infection came back. He gave me strong antibiotics to take for a week. The antibiotics had no positive effect on the tooth. It has now been 6 months since the root canal and crown. The dentist says he recommends I see a endodontist. Which presumably I will be responsible for financially. As someone who doesn't have a lick of dental insurance, who works part-time, I can't afford it. I want to be reasonable. Is it reasonable that I should have to pay an endodonist to fix my root canal?
Sorry but that's what you get from not going to the Endo from the beginning
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