Should a new crown hurt this much?
March 13, 2008 6:37 PM Subscribe
My girlfriend's crown came off one of her molars, and it was damaged. She went to a dentist who reshaped the stump, made a new crown and replaced it. Since then (3 weeks) it came off once, she's been in excruciating pain the whole time, and now the dentist says she might need a root canal. Is this bad dentistry, or to be expected, and is there any recourse?
posted by sergeant sandwich to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
So, the issue is that before the new crown was put on, the technician drilled away at the old tooth for a while to reshape it -- reasons unknown -- and it's been nonstop pain since then. The theory as put forward by the dentist is that the tooth was shaved down too far and that the nerve is now too close to the new surface of the tooth. Right now we are wait-and-see if the pain gets any better. But if it doesn't, apparently the only recourse is to do a root canal.
To me this seems like really bad work -- replacing a crown should be an easy thing, right? At least, it shouldn't leave you in agony, right? I've never had to get one myself, so I dont know. If I am wrong, please correct me, but it sounds like it was bungled pretty bad.
Anyway, if it was in fact a massive cock-up by the dentist's office, what can we do? Should we expect the dentist's office to pay for the root canal? Should we expect the fee for the crown ($800 after insurance) back? I am retarded when it comes to doctors and dentists and health care etc., so I don't know what's normal. Thanks!