| | Filling on wisdom tooth biled as tooth 17?
I would appreciate a little insight in to this. My bottom two wisdom teeth never surfaced and the top two did. I have less teeth on top than I should though, due to two molars being extracted for braces, years ago. I explain this to any new dentist, so that they know that my last molars on top are my wisdom teeth (with two regular molars missing, one from each side on top, it can be confusing). I had never considered having any of my wisdom teeth removed (the impacted ones on bottom or the ones that surfaced on top) and left them all until when/if any issues arose.
A few years ago, I had problems (pain and cavity) in one of the top ones. My dentist removed it. I have a new dentist now (I moved) and a couple weeks ago I began to have pain around my other top wisdom tooth. I expected it would likely need removing too. At my regular check up, I asked the dentist to take a peek at it. He took xrays and told me that the wisdom tooth was actually fine but that I had two cavities, in nearby teeth (shadows). He spoke of referred pain (although there was nothing wrong with the wisdom tooth, that was where I was feeling the pain). I came back for the two fillings but one of the teeth he filled WAS my only top wisdom tooth. Huh? The bill says tooth 17 filling but it's tooth 18. I said to him, isn't that my wisdom tooth? He said no, they are impacted. I said no, they are impacted on the bottom only and that tooth is my wisdom tooth. Right, he said.
So, WTH? Has a mistake been made? Should he have just pulled the wisdom tooth? Why tell me the wisdom tooth was fine, fill it but bill me for tooth 17? Do teeth numbers change when teeth are missing? What's going on here? I'm confused about what to do.
Last edited by parcheesy; 06-25-2009 at 08:14 AM.