Drilling seems to be the root of the problem.
January 4, 2012 12:45 PM Subscribe
Was my co-worker the victim of a bad dental procedure? How should she proceed now she needs more expensive work done?
posted by maryr to health & fitness (12 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
A co-worker of mine recently went to a new dentist for a cleaning and was told she needed several fillings. She has generally healthy teeth (some gum issues, has had fillings before) and was surprised, but had some of the work done (he drilled and filled 4 teeth). She had to go back the next day and have fillings sanded down. A week later, her teeth are still sore and have become cold-sensitive. Returning again, her dentist told her that she had nerve damage and would need a root canal (possibly more than one). Prior to the initial visit, her teeth weren't bothering her at all.
Obviously, she needs to get a second opinion (and to wait a bit longer), but it sounds like the root canal may well be necessary. Having had a root canal myself, her symptoms sound almost identical. She's already looking in to getting a copy of her original x-rays and making an appointment with another practice.
Operating on the supposition that her dentist damaged her teeth while doing the fillings, how should she proceed? She is in eastern Massachusetts and has reasonable dental insurance.