A few years ago, I cracked a bottom molar on a hard pretzel and my filling fell out, but never went to the dentist fearing I'd have to pay money we didn't have to fix the tooth (we had no insurance, I was in college, we had two small kiddos). Over time, the tooth got worse and I finally finished school and took myself to the dentist.
At the end of August 2011, I went in to get the tooth looked at - I ended up needing a root canal / crown. The dentist drilled out all four of my canals, and apparently I have really long canals - long story short, the total procedure took about four hours, and by the end I was miserable. Less than two weeks later, the dentist called and had me come back in to get the permanent crown.
Time passed, and the tooth never felt quite "right." It always seemed higher than the other teeth, and was really uncomfortable to chew on. I went back in, he drilled the crown down just a bit, and it seemed better but not perfect.
Fast forward about six months to this past January 2012. I noticed a pimple-like bump on my gums, just below the tooth that endured the procedure. I popped it, it seemed to go away for a while, then would return only to fill with pus again. Gross.
I recently went back to the dentist, only to discover the old dentist that originally did the procedure has since retired, and he sold his business.
I went back to the same office, but spoke to one of the new dentists, explained what happened, and after a series of x-rays, he told me that there is an infection under the crown, and I need to get the root canal done again. In shock, I pondered how I paid this office over two thousand dollars and four hours of my time only to have to do it all over again? He prescribed me a course of antibiotics that did nothing - the infection is still present in my gums, and I'm left not knowing what to do.
I was basically notified that since they don't do this type of procedure in their office, I'll have to see an endodontist to get the specialized treatment. The office made it clear they're not willing to pay for the procedure.
So my question is this: what would you do? Should I return to this office and try to get them to pay for the treatment anyway? Although the new practice had nothing to do with the original root canal, they DID buy the practice, along with it's debt, and it's patients. I don't think it's right that I'd have to pay again.
Or should I just forget about it? Live with the infection, and maybe in about a year I can budget in another root canal?
I'm curious to know, and appreciate your input.