Well, some of you have been following my Adventures with the Dentists series, soon to be syndicated by one of the cable channels.
Ok, not really. I went for my second opinion about
the botched root canal to a local endodontist. He was great. He actually READ the detailed, 2 page history I gave him of the past couple of months before coming in to talk to me. I know this because he started out mentioning some information I had at the end of the letter. His technician took 1 x-ray, then came back and said he wanted another view (all this before I even met him). When he came in he was cordial, respectful, thoughtful....in short, all the things we hope ALL our doctors would be.
But the news was not good. After look around my tooth closely he tried to gently break the news that he didn't have much hope that the tooth could be saved. He said the gum on one side wasn't sealing up against the tooth as it should be. I told him my dentist (the one who I am going to sick the vampire squad on) said after the root canal that he had to do "something" with my gum, work on my gum or something along those lines. Well, I had major gum surgery in 1994, and since then see a periodontist every year - and I just saw my periodontist in mid-June for my annual visit. That problem was NOT there. It had to have been created, or at least exacerbated, by the crown/root canal process. He said possibly another root canal could be tried, but he didn't think that was the problem. But that the infection was coming from where that gum was separated from the tooth, and bacteria getting down between the roots where the root canal was done. He showed me on the X-ray. And I said to him so I'm not crazy? I KNEW there was an infection. And he said no, I'm not. And I was supposed to have the permanent filling done today (I saw the "good guy" dentist for the 2nd opinion on Monday), and I had told the "bad" dentist I wasn't going to have the permanent filling put in until the problem was solved. He told me that it wasn't a problem, that we could drill into the new filling again if we had to!!! (of course charging me again)
All of this details were written down and given to this endodontist and he even THANKED me for doing that, said it was very helpful. Then he said he thought I should go see my perondontist, and asked if I wanted him to call the periodontist and I said yes, please. He also said if I wanted he would call the "bad" dentist (I gotta come up with a name for this guy!) and tell him he didn't think the permanent filling should be put in. This was great cuz MR. BAD DENTIST HATES late cancellations and it would probably have come today at the last minute! The one good thing is that now TWO specialists in town know about
what has gone on.
My periondontist's office called me today, and the receptionist said she heard what had happened to me (I was nearly in tears as I was telling her I was told I might lose the tooth) and she said if it was her she would be furious with this dentist. I told her I had no intention of paying him the $300 I owed him and she said she wouldn't either. It sounds like it was a topic of discussion in the office, which in this instance is fine with me. The more people that know about
this guy, the better. The more his reputation gets affected.
Now I see my periodontist on Thursday and I'm trying to prepare myself for bad news. I suspect he's going to say he might be able to do some gum surgery but wouldn't be able to guarantee the tooth would be saved, and that I wouldn't get repeat infections. Considering the Barrett's esophagus issue, infections in my mouth are not something I can tolerate. So I may have to lose the tooth. And implants and bridges and all those things are EXPENSIVE.
I am thinking of consulting an attorney if I'm going to lose the tooth. BUT - and this is the big thing - I am so far behind now on IMPORTANT things that it's about
the last thing I need on my plate.
So for now, that's it. I'll let you all know what happens Thursday. I have to go in tomorrow and pick up the X-rays from the good doc to take to my appointment Thursday morning. Probably will stop at the Humane Society later. I bought treats at the grocery store tonight!
We really have to start up a vampire squad!
Thanks for letting me vent!
Wow - I just saw how long this is! Sorry for the rant!