I was treated by a crook, and I need to spend more now.
Hi all, my name is Carla and 18 months ago I went for the yearly checkup to a dentist, expecting to get a dental cleansing (whitening) and 1 or 2 new cavities filled and that would have been it. At the time I had an insurance covering 50% of everything.
The thing is that during my first visit, and after taking the x-rays "Dr. Crook" (to call him something) said that I had 3 HUGE cavities with urgent CROWNing ($700 each) needed; that dentist was charging new patients without insurance 400-450 the crown, same as other dentists, and 700 if you had insurance, it was called something like cash payment discount or something of the sort. Anyway, I knew I needed one crown since I had already got a root canal in that tooth -from before- that is why he also said that would be needing a nail ($100 extra). I sort of believed him, so I let him crown first the tooth with the root canal -which made sense to me-, I paid 50% (400) and the insurance the other 50% (400), he put the crown and the nail and that was it.
After this, I decided to go for the next tooth (the last upper one, not wisdom wince I got my 4 wisdom teeth extracted several years ago). He put the crown and no nail (the root is still alive), billed 350 to me and 350 to the insurance, the insurance replied saying that it was only a cavity, that he could have fixed it that way and they would have paid up to 90 dollars in that case but they were not ready to pay anything, they also said to him that if he thought that was a mistake he should submit further proof, he never did or never contact me for that; and surprisingly -or not- never billed me the 350 remaining, so I understood that he was only after getting more money out of a simple cavity and he knew that all the way.
Of course I never made the appointment for the 3rd crown in the bottom tooth, since I knew he was only a liar. I forgot to mention that before starting with the crowning he said that I was in urgent need or a thorough cleaning of my gums (not the whitening that I wanted, he said that I had gum disease! somewhere I know it wasn't possible but I went ahead), so I paid him 100 dollars for a painful cleaning which his assistants performed making my gums bleed. It annoys me because I only intended to have a whitening but instead he wanted to sell me the Colgate whitening strips which of course I refused.
I moved out of state 2 months ago and didn't request my dental records from "Dr Crook" yet; I don't have dental insurance anymore.
The reason I am posting this message in Jan 2004, after getting the second crown on Aug 2002, is because for a month now, I am having a terrible pain in the upper last tooth (not wisdom) which has a crown and the root alive inside (the crown the insurance refused to pay)
I went today to a see new dentist and she took all the 18 X rays and an extra one in the particular tooth that pains. My new dentist showed me -thru x ray- that:
a-) In the crown which was first done - the one accepted by the dental insurance- there is a small hole inside left of course by Dr. Crook ( the hole is where he pasted the crown) and even though now is not infected sooner or later she said it will.
b-) For my surprise I don't have any cavities, not even in that tooth that Dr. Crook wanted to crown with the root inside and that fortunately I didn't go for it.
c-) And the last upper tooth is now paining because Dr. Crook put a crown over there leaving the root alive inside, the root is becoming traumatized and will keep on paining more and more, and most probably I will need very soon to contact a root canal specialist, to take the crown out, perform a root canal and put it back ( a very expensive procedure since I am not having insurance now). It is not needed to clarify that I am suffering from pain because there is a crown where is not needed, and worse there is a live root inside.
I need some advice! I don''t know what I should do in order to bill this doctor for his own mistakes? Any suggestions?
Last edited by Well-come; 01-23-2004 at 06:39 PM.
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