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I never got a permanent filling

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Posted by: Derekgnr  (9 years ago)
I had a root canal done 9 months ago. Today my dentist randomly says to me that I have decay there and I need it filled. It's gonna cost well over $100. Why didn't she give me a permanent filling when I had the root canal done? But there are these little things sticking out of the back of the tooth that she put in there. So I don't understand what that is either. And also why would I have to pay for the filling since it should of been part of the root canal charge?
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I had a root canal done 9 months ago. Today my dentist randomly says to me that I have decay there and I need it filled. It's gonna cost well over $100. Why didn't she give me a permanent filling when I had the root canal done? But there are these little things sticking out of the back of the tooth that she put in there. So I don't understand what that is either. And also why would I have to pay for the filling since it should of been part of the root canal charge?

A root canal and a buildup filling are two very different procedures, and they are often done by a root canal specialist and a restorative dentist. It would not make sense to lump them together.

The "little things" are probably retentive pins (or even posts) designed to hold a filling in.

Wow, over a $100 and you are upset. Try a crown. Or try NOT having the filling and losing the tooth, and discovering what a bone graft and implant costs.
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: Derekgnr  (9 years ago)
It's not just the $100+ I'm upset about. It's that she screwed this up. A filling HAS to be done after the root canal is done. And I've had 3 crowns and 2 root canals so I have spent A LOT of money on my teeth. But I should not pay for the filling since it should of been covered with the root canal cost the first time. My first root canal she did it right, filled it up after it was done. So why not this time? Why would she not fill it and put those little pins in instead of a filling? And she seems to think those little pins are decay I guess since the tooth is also crowned so there's no way of seeing if it's decayed. I had the root canal done after I got the crown because I got an abscess and had a swollen face.

Is it normal for "retentive pins" to be sticking out of a tooth?
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It's not just the $100+ I'm upset about. It's that she screwed this up. A filling HAS to be done after the root canal is done. And I've had 3 crowns and 2 root canals so I have spent A LOT of money on my teeth. But I should not pay for the filling since it should of been covered with the root canal cost the first time. My first root canal she did it right, filled it up after it was done. So why not this time? Why would she not fill it and put those little pins in instead of a filling? And she seems to think those little pins are decay I guess since the tooth is also crowned so there's no way of seeing if it's decayed. I had the root canal done after I got the crown because I got an abscess and had a swollen face.

Is it normal for "retentive pins" to be sticking out of a tooth?


Oh, so there was ALREADY a crown on the tooth. You did not say that before. In that case, they cannot be retentive pins. Don't know what they are. In cases where I have done a root canal to a crowned tooth, I usually do a gold post through the access prep to make the tooth resistance to fracture. But you will not like how much these cost- $365.

Sounds like the crown should have been scrapped to start with when the root canal was done. But then, I would need pre-op photos and x-rays to tell you anything definitely.
Posted 9 years ago
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Posted by: Derekgnr  (9 years ago)
The crown was put in about 4 weeks before I needed a root canal. She drilled a hole through the back of the crown and did the root canal then put those pins or whatever they are in and that was that. And now after all this time she says I have decay and need it filled. I'm afraid something is gonna go wrong and that my tooth could get infected again then I would need another root canal. I think the grinding down of the tooth is what caused the first infection. I'm nervous and worried that she doesn't know what she's doing. I just don't understand why she never sealed it up will filling after it was done.
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The crown was put in about 4 weeks before I needed a root canal. She drilled a hole through the back of the crown and did the root canal then put those pins or whatever they are in and that was that. And now after all this time she says I have decay and need it filled. I'm afraid something is gonna go wrong and that my tooth could get infected again then I would need another root canal. I think the grinding down of the tooth is what caused the first infection. I'm nervous and worried that she doesn't know what she's doing. I just don't understand why she never sealed it up will filling after it was done.

I really don't think there could be decay in a tooth if a crown was done 4 months ago Grinding a tooth down for a crown pretty much obliterates any decay. The biggest risk you face without a post is the whole tooth snapping off at the gumline, and having to have a new post and crown done.
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