Re: Can they do a root canal without asking!?? horrible experience
I'm sorry but this is super duper long. But I skimmed it and will give you my personal advice and what I have seen performed at dental office. My mom is a dental assistant so I know and have witness a lot of dental procedure and partly 'assisted' in some.
I had a cavity filled years and years and years ago. First doctor, who was part of my mom's team, but it happens, didn't remove all the cavity. So yearsssss (i'm talking about maybe even a decade!), the cavity regrew under the filling. It had gotten so large. I never felt pain. My dentist at the time was going to remove the old filling and just refill again. As she was removing the old filling and new cavity, she saw just how deep the cavity was. She said I would most likely require a root canal. I asked her if she could just fill it, because I wasn't going to have time for a root canal procedure because I was away in college and only home for a few days. She said she would do a regular filling but in the future I may require a root canal. Till this day, I don't need a root canal, but I know that eventually, I will need one just because there really is barely any natural tooth left. It's like a tooth shell, filled with amalgam!
You didn't tell the dentist to stop the procedure, so he probably thought you were on board. And the 2nd time around, you should have stopped him, go have gotten your mother, and have the dentist talk to her to explain the situation. Parents will get the full story. All you knew was that the dentist said you needed a root canal.
I don't what kind of dental ins you have, but crowns are usually covered up to a certain percent. Our crowns were $750 a few years ago, so $1000 seem acurate for a porcelain crown. As far as the pain. If you're in pain, you're in pain, regardless of what an xray says. I don't know if you have explained to the doctor is exactly what the pain is like. It is possible they left a root in there which can cause excruciating pain. Since you are at a new dentist, you are going to pay all over. Your work should be backed up by the first dentist who did the work. You already paid him. He should be able to go back and fix it- with a little arguing, possibly.
Before commiting to a dentist, explain to new potential dentist what you have been through and get a second opinion with different dentist so that you know what you are getting yourself into. G/L