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petrified to go to a dentist

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Posted by: jewels1016  (10 years ago)
i am so scared to see a dentist due to my last experience. I have suffered for many years because of what was done. I had a root canal which went fine, but when i pointed out my canine bottom tooth had a small chip (not seen by the eye, but felt by my lip, the dentist drilled it out leaving a huge hole, and said to me after i jumped almost out of the chair, "NOW I KNOW YOU WILL BE BACK FOR THE PERMANENT CROWN."
YOU WILL NEED TO GET THE FRONT DONE AS WELL."
So now i left with a temporary crown, which became infected, and a nice big hole, seen clearly to all with every smile. never to return for ANY dental care. I have a mouth full of decay along the gum line inside my teeth, and i want veneers. the temporary crown has completely broken away and only a small chunk of tooth is remaining. my front canine has become black and gross, from where he drilled.
If i work up enough trust can this decay be stopped and treated with veneers? or am i facing tons of dental work before i can get veneers? meaning tons of work required that will make this procedure impossible to afford? I have the money saved for veneers but the restoration fears and major fear of the dentist, are keeping me away. HELP!!!PLEASE
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Posted by: Novocaine  (10 years ago)
Hey jewels1016,

Your case comes across as an absolute shocker to me! I'm sorry to hear you have had such a bad experience. You certainly don't deserve it. Anyway, there are some things I'd like you to clarify for me though.

I had a root canal which went fine, but when i pointed out my canine bottom tooth had a small chip (not seen by the eye, but felt by my lip, the dentist drilled it out leaving a huge hole, and said to me after i jumped almost out of the chair, "NOW I KNOW YOU WILL BE BACK FOR THE PERMANENT CROWN."
YOU WILL NEED TO GET THE FRONT DONE AS WELL."


Now that's really weird! How does a dentist jump on an otherwise healthy (going by your claim) tooth and botch it up?? Did you have an x-ray taken? Did your dentist, at the very least, explain, consult or get your consent towards performing this procedure on your canine? If not, this is serious issue that needs to be looked into. If I were you, this person could be looking at a malpractice lawsuit by now.

So now i left with a temporary crown, which became infected, and a nice big hole, seen clearly to all with every smile. never to return for ANY dental care.

First, if your root canal treatment did go well like you said, how did your temporary crown get infected and how did you know about it? I'm only asking this to check if the root canal treatment was indeed executed properly.

Second, regarding the 'big hole' in your canine, I'm shocked your dentist would leave it without restoring it. Please upload a picture if you can. Are you sure this is a 'licensed' dentist because I find all of this really hard to believe!

I have a mouth full of decay along the gum line inside my teeth, and i want veneers. the temporary crown has completely broken away and only a small chunk of tooth is remaining. my front canine has become black and gross, from where he drilled.

I'm sorry I don't understand what you mean by "mouth full of decay along the gum line inside my teeth". Did you mean stains on the back of your teeth? If yes, you need ultrasonic scaling (dental cleaning) by a dentist or a dental hygienist. Veneers are pretty expensive (unless you can afford it) and I wouldn't really recommend you waste it on the 'inside' of your teeth much less the 'outer'.

If i work up enough trust can this decay be stopped and treated with veneers? or am i facing tons of dental work before i can get veneers? meaning tons of work required that will make this procedure impossible to afford? I have the money saved for veneers but the restoration fears and major fear of the dentist, are keeping me away. HELP!!!PLEASE

Veneers are nothing but a very thin slice of tooth-colored (celebrity-like!) restoration that is cemented to your tooth to make it look good aesthetically. I'm confused as to how that will solve anything of what you describe. If you want the stains (not decay) gone, try professional dental cleaning and a whitening treatment (at a dentist's or in-home). They are a lot cheaper. However, priority number one is to get your infected temporary cap replaced and your canines treated and restored.

It can be pretty hard to put your faith in a dentist after having such a harrowing experience, but if you let things be, you're looking at bigger disappointments down the road. I hope you get a second opinion ASAP and a better experience next time around. Be well!

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Posted by: jewels1016  (10 years ago)
hello Novocaine!
Yes, shocker it is.... but it is a reality. Now since your so kind to respond about my case, i can elaborate, I will start with some of the mitigating factors that led this dentist to behave in this manner.
First: I heard an un-proffessional conversation in the room next to mine where a patient was complaining about charges his office had recently charged her, wild! So he was heated for good reason for his front office allowing a financial problem make it all the way to him, un handled.
Then second: it has been almost 8 years since this occurred, so some details are foggy, he did the initial visit and x-rays, he then prepared my back molar for the root canal, which my insurance paid all of the cost except (THE PERMANENT CROWN) he informed me of the 2 part process, and added the problems with pts not returning for the crown, due to lack of desire to spend the money. All this while he is working on my mouth. you could feel the sarcasm in the air.
Ok Im very quiet and still already petrified of the dentist, and now I have that fear about to go postal. Now heres the foggy, the infection was before the root canal was done. because he did something, and then he said I had an infection, that would have to heal before the root canal. I think. I know I got a round of antibiotics that were the wrong kind, and the infection got so bad, my whole face was swollen beyond recognition from my mother. She is calling his office complaining, naturally.
so all that part added, here are some answers to your questions
he did initial xrays.
he DID NOT explain, consult with me, family, the fly on the wall or otherwise, about my canine before he drilled it, I swear to you this man asked me after he had finished the root canal and tapped my shoulder, asked me if I had any questions, I mentioned that one rough spot at the gumline of the bottom canine tooth, and wondered what could be done. Thats when HE DRILLED! It happened that fast, that rudely, I thought he just buffed it quick, knowing that wasnt the case at all, im standing up defensive at this point with my hand over my mouth in shock when he said, now youll surely be back for you permanent crown, cause now we need to handle the front too. He acted as if i would blow off coming back for the perm. crown due to the $400 out of pocket.
As you can guess, I never returned to him, or any other dentist since that day.
the tooth he did the root canal, has almost completely fallen out. one ugly disgusting piece is still attatched, but very loose. Eating is miserable, i chew on one side, making my gums sore.
Now the worst part about me, which this particular dentist was less than understanding about, is my medical background consists of a gastric bypass, which i lost 150 lbs. Although it led to severe anemia, vitamin defficiencies, acid reflux, and due to the anemia, i started chewing ice, ALL THE TIME!! thats it in a big nutshell. he embarrassed ne about every issue, I cant make myself open up and trust to easily, its stupid, i know. all of the medical conditions mentioned above ave been resolved in a positive way, except MY TEETH. the decay is along the gumline inside my mouth where the tongue rests against my teeth, now please know I am an avid brusher, of my tongue too. I dont believe in having bad breath. I use listerine. But the ice chewing, vitamin deficiency, acid reflux, did its number on my teeth. unfortunately i can feel holes, not stained. I have the most humiliating pictures below!
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Posted by: Novocaine  (10 years ago)
Hey jewels1016,

Glad to hear from you again! Thank you for including the pictures as this will help me analyze your situation a lot clearer now.


Then second: it has been almost 8 years since this occurred, so some details are foggy, he did the initial visit and x-rays, he then prepared my back molar for the root canal, which my insurance paid all of the cost except (THE PERMANENT CROWN) he informed me of the 2 part process, and added the problems with pts not returning for the crown, due to lack of desire to spend the money. All this while he is working on my mouth. you could feel the sarcasm in the air.
Ok Im very quiet and still already petrified of the dentist, and now I have that fear about to go postal. Now heres the foggy, the infection was before the root canal was done. because he did something, and then he said I had an infection, that would have to heal before the root canal. I think. I know I got a round of antibiotics that were the wrong kind, and the infection got so bad, my whole face was swollen beyond recognition from my mother. She is calling his office complaining, naturally.


All of this is unraveling to be a great script a horror movie could use. Frankly, if it were me, I’d probably pass out! But jokes apart, I do empathize with what you must have gone through. Kudos for hanging in there! That said, I can only hope that you slowly but surely lose the fear of visiting a dentist, the sooner the better. It is unfair that you have to compromise on your oral health just because a few bad apples spoil the bunch.

so all that part added, here are some answers to your questions
he did initial xrays.
he DID NOT explain, consult with me, family, the fly on the wall or otherwise, about my canine before he drilled it, I swear to you this man asked me after he had finished the root canal and tapped my shoulder, asked me if I had any questions, I mentioned that one rough spot at the gumline of the bottom canine tooth, and wondered what could be done. Thats when HE DRILLED! It happened that fast, that rudely, I thought he just buffed it quick, knowing that wasnt the case at all, im standing up defensive at this point with my hand over my mouth in shock when he said, now youll surely be back for you permanent crown, cause now we need to handle the front too. He acted as if i would blow off coming back for the perm. crown due to the $400 out of pocket.


I can’t stress this more, but this is prime fodder for a malpractice lawsuit. Now, when you mention “rough spot at the gumline of the bottom canine tooth”, is it the one that is visible in your picture? I know it’s been 8 years but did it look anything like it?

If yes, that is more than a rough spot. Your dentist should have had you referred to a periodontal (gum) specialist and known better than to drill out healthy enamel. From the current picture, it is evident that your canine has localized periodontitis with gum recession (exposed root). The ‘rough spot’ is probably the calculus that is covering the front of your root.

As you can guess, I never returned to him, or any other
dentist since that day.the tooth he did the root canal, has almost completely fallen out. one ugly disgusting piece is still attatched, but very loose. Eating is miserable, i chew on one side, making my gums sore.


Pictures of the tooth (1st molar) that had the cap are a bit hazy, but from what I can gather, the only way around it is to have it extracted. It does not have adequate tooth structure left to accommodate a new crown and the exposed root is hardy viable for any other alternative measures. A partial denture could make eating an easier experience, IMO.

Now the worst part about me, which this particular dentist was less than understanding about, is my medical background consists of a gastric bypass, which i lost 150 lbs. Although it led to severe anemia, vitamin defficiencies, acid reflux, and due to the anemia, i started chewing ice, ALL THE TIME!! thats it in a big nutshell. he embarrassed ne about every issue, I cant make myself open up and trust to easily, its stupid, i know. all of the medical conditions mentioned above ave been resolved in a positive way, except MY TEETH. the decay is along the gumline inside my mouth where the tongue rests against my teeth, now please know I am an avid brusher, of my tongue too. I dont believe in having bad breath. I use listerine. But the ice chewing, vitamin deficiency, acid reflux, did its number on my teeth. unfortunately i can feel holes, not stained.

Your dentist seriously needs to go back to school and take up a behavior counseling program or something. Yes, your medical background certainly seems like it has taken a pretty heavy toll on your teeth, but nothing to worry. Now that it has all been resolved, I think it is high time you took care of your teeth.
Taking a look at your pictures, here is what I would do:

1. Get an appointment with a periodontist (gum specialist) ASAP. If you cannot find one, look a regular dentist up and try getting a referral. Depending on your periodontist, you will be up for a combination of treatments that involves thorough cleaning (scaling and root planing), debridement (open flap), full mouth disinfection (antibiotics), tissue regeneration (for your recessed gums) and soft tissue graft (for your front canine root). This might involve a couple of visits.

[To help yourself get back to the process of visiting dentists and alleviating fear, I suggest you check out CheckDent’s tips on how to find a dentist - http://www.checkdent.com/en/content/how-do-i-find-a-dentist - accurate and detailed! Also, have your family and friends refer you to a professional they know and have had a great experience with or check doctor reviews or ratings online, etc.]

Description of your case: Your diagnosis is most likely chronic periodontitis because of your exposed tooth roots (generalized gum recession, they are usually the ones that are darkish yellow in color, found at gumline of most of your teeth in the back), stains (brown and yellow disoloration of your teeth in the front), calculus (white ring deposits on the arch of your front teeth and everywhere else), etc.

2. Your bottom tooth that underwent root canal has to be extracted. Post-extraction, you can have a bridge or a partial denture fabricated to replace your missing tooth.

3. I’m not sure if that’s a filling on your 1st molar on your upper left but you might want to get an x-ray of it to make sure it isn’t decay.

All of this is something that you have to resolve at the earliest for a worry-free future of your oral health and I sincerely hope you would. Time to up the ante and finish up what was left uncompleted! If there is anything else I could help you with, feel free to get back.
Good luck!
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