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Dentist Question

Post by Thegame14 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:55 am

I have a local dentist who is very very busy, everyone wants the Saturday apppointments so to get one you literally have to wait 2-3 months. I saw him about six-eight months ago for a cavity. He said it is a deep cavity but he can do a filling it doesn't need a root canal. I few weeks later tooth is in horrible pain, I go back and he says filling is off a little, he will shave it down, then another few weeks later tooth starts hurting a lot again, and he says now you need a root canal, same tooth. He does the first half of the root canal but says I have to wait to do the second part with the crown, so it is exposed, I told him I need to have the final part done before baby is born or else my schedule will be very hard to accommodate, so we make an apt, and then that day they call me and say it is supposed to snow, have to reschedule, and of course baby is born and they reschedule for another 2 months out. This weekend I feel something is wrong, a little pain but more of just something is off, I wonder if I have food stuck in between two teeth and go to floss and the tooth appears to have started to crack on one side. Now I am worried it will be an implant but this all started with him saying it is just a filling. He is highly recommended, but now I am worried my cost is going to go from a hundred plus dollars for a filling to now a couple thousand for a implant, and IMO I think he is in the wrong, but I know stuff happens.....Thoughts???

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Re: Dentist Question

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by chevca » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:01 am

I'd look for another dentist.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by bsteiner » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:15 am

I use different dentists for root canals, implants and crowns.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:31 am

I had a cracked tooth, a root canal will likely resolve all of your pain, but I visited an endodontist for it, went back to regular doctor for the crown. You don’t need an implant unless there is no bone structure left. Find a good endodontist and go see them, they specialize in root canals. A dentist can do a root canal but if you are in pain and having to wait, uh, no. Find the endo now.
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Re: Dentist Question

Post by Thegame14 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:44 am

Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:31 am
I had a cracked tooth, a root canal will likely resolve all of your pain, but I visited an endodontist for it, went back to regular doctor for the crown. You don’t need an implant unless there is no bone structure left. Find a good endodontist and go see them, they specialize in root canals. A dentist can do a root canal but if you are in pain and having to wait, uh, no. Find the endo now.
no pain, already had the root canal, just worried that this cost will balloon and I read a implant can be like $3,000 vs a root canal is a couple hundred dollars.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by ResearchMed » Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:50 am

Thegame14 wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:44 am
Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:31 am
I had a cracked tooth, a root canal will likely resolve all of your pain, but I visited an endodontist for it, went back to regular doctor for the crown. You don’t need an implant unless there is no bone structure left. Find a good endodontist and go see them, they specialize in root canals. A dentist can do a root canal but if you are in pain and having to wait, uh, no. Find the endo now.
no pain, already had the root canal, just worried that this cost will balloon and I read a implant can be like $3,000 vs a root canal is a couple hundred dollars.
It depends in great part on just what is needed.

A "simple" root canal is one thing.
A root canal and a cracked tooth would more likely involve a crown, too, at a minimum.

But yes, it's time for specialists.

We go to one specialist for regular care; another for hygiene, another for any surgery (tooth removal, etc.) and the implant; another for any crowns (with or without implant/etc.).

This is all within one practice, with the surgical being in a wing of the affiliated hospital.

And they all work together.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by Thegame14 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:08 am

ResearchMed wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:50 am
Thegame14 wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:44 am
Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:31 am
I had a cracked tooth, a root canal will likely resolve all of your pain, but I visited an endodontist for it, went back to regular doctor for the crown. You don’t need an implant unless there is no bone structure left. Find a good endodontist and go see them, they specialize in root canals. A dentist can do a root canal but if you are in pain and having to wait, uh, no. Find the endo now.
no pain, already had the root canal, just worried that this cost will balloon and I read a implant can be like $3,000 vs a root canal is a couple hundred dollars.
It depends in great part on just what is needed.

A "simple" root canal is one thing.
A root canal and a cracked tooth would more likely involve a crown, too, at a minimum.

But yes, it's time for specialists.

We go to one specialist for regular care; another for hygiene, another for any surgery (tooth removal, etc.) and the implant; another for any crowns (with or without implant/etc.).

This is all within one practice, with the surgical being in a wing of the affiliated hospital.

And they all work together.

RM
I already had the root canal 4 months ago, but the tooth is cracking before he put the crown on.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by adamthesmythe » Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:14 am

bsteiner wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:15 am
I use different dentists for root canals, implants and crowns.
Yeah, a specialist will be (1) more efficient and (2) maybe better.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:01 am

Thegame14 wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 10:08 am
ResearchMed wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:50 am
Thegame14 wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:44 am
Grt2bOutdoors wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 9:31 am
I had a cracked tooth, a root canal will likely resolve all of your pain, but I visited an endodontist for it, went back to regular doctor for the crown. You don’t need an implant unless there is no bone structure left. Find a good endodontist and go see them, they specialize in root canals. A dentist can do a root canal but if you are in pain and having to wait, uh, no. Find the endo now.
no pain, already had the root canal, just worried that this cost will balloon and I read a implant can be like $3,000 vs a root canal is a couple hundred dollars.
It depends in great part on just what is needed.

A "simple" root canal is one thing.
A root canal and a cracked tooth would more likely involve a crown, too, at a minimum.

But yes, it's time for specialists.

We go to one specialist for regular care; another for hygiene, another for any surgery (tooth removal, etc.) and the implant; another for any crowns (with or without implant/etc.).

This is all within one practice, with the surgical being in a wing of the affiliated hospital.

And they all work together.

RM
I already had the root canal 4 months ago, but the tooth is cracking before he put the crown on.
If you are waiting 4 months before getting a crown, find a new dentist now!
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Re: Dentist Question

Post by investingdad » Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:47 am

You can search to find my tooth and implant story on here.

I highly recommend seeing specialists for anything that can be specialized.

For root canal, the endodontist.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by Thegame14 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:04 pm

investingdad wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:47 am
You can search to find my tooth and implant story on here.

I highly recommend seeing specialists for anything that can be specialized.

For root canal, the endodontist.
I already had the root canal like 4 months ago, but he said I have to come back for the finish and crown, but he is always booked on satrday for months, now I have emergency 9aM apt Wednesday to see how bad this tooth crack is and to make sure the tooth is salvageable. I am worried he will say implant which is super expensive vs a crown, and IMO he should have made me more of a priority knowing I had this open root canal pending and I warned him if it was going to be more than a month between the two appointments that I was having a baby and it would be very difficult to come back.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by mayday23 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:17 pm

For a crown, he just needs to shave down the original tooth to enable the crown to go on top of it. If there is no bone left, then an implant could be required.

If he forces you to an implant, then you have a right to complain.

As others mentioned, i'd find another dentist. Finding a weekend cleaning for me would take 3-4 months, but if i needed a root canal and crown, all my previous dentists would've gotten me in with a day or two. I've never had to wait more than 2 days for this type of emergency.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by quantAndHold » Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:34 pm

You can probably speed up the process by not requiring a Saturday appointment. If you’re considering a specialist or a new dentist, odds are they also either won’t offer Saturday appointments at all, or will have long waits for Saturday appointments.

I have no opinion on the quality or appropriateness of the dental work.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by Thegame14 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:13 pm

quantAndHold wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:34 pm
You can probably speed up the process by not requiring a Saturday appointment. If you’re considering a specialist or a new dentist, odds are they also either won’t offer Saturday appointments at all, or will have long waits for Saturday appointments.

I have no opinion on the quality or appropriateness of the dental work.
I really cannot do any other times, DW just had a baby, and she is at home with him, so I have to get toddler up and out the door by 8AM so I can get to work at 9AM, then Leave work at 5PM drive an hour to get him from daycare at 6pm, get him to potty and get all his stuff, talk to his teacher about his day, leave at 6:15/6:30pm to get another 45 minute drive home, so I get home most nights around 7;15PM, I cant really do mornings, or else I wont be working a full 8 hour day and boss is strict about hours, I am making an exception and going Wednesday 9 AM but I cant do it on a regular basis.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by Thegame14 » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:14 pm

mayday23 wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:17 pm
For a crown, he just needs to shave down the original tooth to enable the crown to go on top of it. If there is no bone left, then an implant could be required.

If he forces you to an implant, then you have a right to complain.

As others mentioned, i'd find another dentist. Finding a weekend cleaning for me would take 3-4 months, but if i needed a root canal and crown, all my previous dentists would've gotten me in with a day or two. I've never had to wait more than 2 days for this type of emergency.
I am hoping that is what he can do, it is just a small chip for now, so hoping he can shave it down and the rest of the tooth can work for the crown. I don't want to have a surprise $2-3K bill for dental... Already have had enough surprises, and none of them are ever more money coming in, it is always surprise your bonus is less, surprise tax refund you owe, surprise your raise is 0% AGAIN!!! surprise house repair, surprise car repair....

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by PalmQueen » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:37 pm

There are a lot of things going on here that make me skeptical you're getting the best care from the "popular" dentist.

First, it's common for regular dental check-up/cleaning appointments to be booked months in advance any day of the week.
My dentist books these regular appointments 3-6 months out. On the other hand, for emergency work, you'll be seen ASAP.
So, just because your dentist books Saturday appointments well in advance in no way is a reflection that his work is any better than any other dentist.

Second, I'm wondering why the dentist did the root canal rather than referring you to an endodontist. Endodontists do root canals all day every day. That in itself is going to make them more proficient than any general dentist who would do them less often.

It sounds like you're planning to go back to the dentist Wednesday. I know you're feeling time-stressed, but caution you to take a bit of a "time-out" before letting this dentist do any more work on this tooth. Dental work in general is expensive so I understand your concerns in that area. There's also the issue of getting appropriate level of treatment (as in not having a filling turn into a root canal turn into an implant).

Hopefully one of the dentists on this board will see your post and add their professional viewpoint.

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Re: Dentist Question

Post by Grt2bOutdoors » Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:50 pm

Thegame14 wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 3:13 pm
quantAndHold wrote:
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:34 pm
You can probably speed up the process by not requiring a Saturday appointment. If you’re considering a specialist or a new dentist, odds are they also either won’t offer Saturday appointments at all, or will have long waits for Saturday appointments.

I have no opinion on the quality or appropriateness of the dental work.
I really cannot do any other times, DW just had a baby, and she is at home with him, so I have to get toddler up and out the door by 8AM so I can get to work at 9AM, then Leave work at 5PM drive an hour to get him from daycare at 6pm, get him to potty and get all his stuff, talk to his teacher about his day, leave at 6:15/6:30pm to get another 45 minute drive home, so I get home most nights around 7;15PM, I cant really do mornings, or else I wont be working a full 8 hour day and boss is strict about hours, I am making an exception and going Wednesday 9 AM but I cant do it on a regular basis.
Sounds like a full day, take it from one who knows from personal experience how debilitating a "bad tooth experience" can be, get that tooth fixed pronto or you might find yourself in the ER if the tooth becomes infected to the point of an abscess that becomes infected. Tell the dentist you think the tooth is cracked, you are in pain and the OTC stuff is not working. If they don't take you in immediately, find a new dentist pronto!
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