Forgive me for the long post, but I still can't get over what this dentist did to me.
So I went to the dentist the other day for a small cavity to be filled in and it turned out a whole lot worse.
I spent probably 30 minutes of them grinding at the tooth trying to fix it and I think they probably did this on purpose. I had absolutely no pain in the tooth what so ever but they explained to me that my back molar was basically dead. I was in pain and was shaking a little from the pain after all the grinding they did..
They said this tooth needs a root canal and a crown as soon as possible or you risk a jaw infection and all of these complications. I take good care of my teeth by brushing twice a day with the best toothpaste all in one crest, the only thing I don’t do is floss.
They explained to me my father in the waiting room (his job has better dental insurance then I do) about the prices but did not tell me (I am 22 years old..). They went ahead and picked the nerve out so the tooth would die, and filled it with some kind of temporary stuff so I could come back in and have the root canal.
Now here’s the problem.. I never knew the cost of a root canal could be 1,700 usd. This is really weird because my dad’s insurance wont mix with mine and he only had around 1,630 usd left for this. The bad part is his insurance “resets” in June.
This makes me think they took a perfectly healthy tooth, messed it up by grinding half of it away, picking the nerve out to make it die, and filling it with some temporary stuff. They didn’t tell me the price *before* supposable grinding *half* of my tooth away exposing the nerve, and there was no turning back they said.
I think they are just sucking my father’s insurance dry because they think it resets after a new year.. and it doesn’t.
Long story short, I am going to have the molar pulled and live without a molar for the rest of my life because I think these dentists are greedy and are sucking money from our insurance. I will probably switch dentists too because they *didn’t* give us the chance for a second opinion BEFORE exposing the nerve.
Another bad part is they *Just* spotted this while cleaning my teeth a week ago saying it is a VERY SMALL cavity that will takes about 20 minutes to fix. Not any more, it magically turned into a root canal which I am not having done and I’m having it pulled for only 80 usd.
Do you think these dentists are fair by not telling me the price after grinding and exposing my nerve then later picking it out?! I honestly wanted a second opinion but was “shunned” from leaving.