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what to do if you get work done at the dentist and you are not satisfied with the work.

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Hi Fancy. I think that most Dentists take pride in their work, especially their Cosmetic work. I would go back to my Dentist and talk to him, or her about my concerns.. and give them a better idea of what I was expecting. Ask if they can make these changes without any additional expense to you. What do you have to lose?

The road to nowhere is paved with good intentions.

You have one of two choices:

1) go back to the original dentist and talk with him/her and tell them what you are not happy with and see if they will do something about it to fix it or give you a reason why they did it that way.

2) go get a second opinion. A good doctor will never mind you going else where to get a second opinion and see if the treatment plan would be the same or if someone else would do it different and why.

I am a dentist  and i dont know you will be satisfied with my answer. anyway the problem is the type unsatisfaction, that is functional or cosmetic. functional means suppose your complaint is food is getting traped between teeth after eating doctor will check and find out if there is any caries between teeth. if there is no caries the doctors duty is advice the patient to use dental aids, but most of the patients are not satisfied with this, they will consult another doctor ,to make satisfy this patient the doctor is force to to fill the space between teeth, remember not the space on the tooth. this filling will create another problem like fall down creating gum diseases etc again the parient become unsatisfied.for this problem if the patient is not ready for flossing do crown for two teeth togather so that the space become closed. in this type of cases doctor should explain regarding the failour one treatment what should be the final treatment. see this only an example ,like this there are different type of treatments. you should tell your expectation from a particular treatment, doctor will tell you if it is possible or not possible, because doctor knows about the possibilities. ,select a doctor who is master in the same speciality, because in dentistry ,there are 7-8 specialities. if you like to do filling on your teeth , filling of any type like amalgam ,composit, rct- consult an endodontist.for extaction,that is removal of teeth any surgical procedures -maxillofacial surgeon, fixing teeth artificial, -prosthodontist, cleaning and gum problems-periodontist, for children paedodontist. so consult a real specialist, then you will be satisfied becfause if he dont know about that treatment nobdy doesnt know, he is the master.

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I am also a dentist, and cannot agree with my colleague above.  I doubt that english is his or her first language, and the answer does not make sense to me.  That is NOT to say that he or she does not know what he or she is doing or talking about, just that I don't understand his or her position.  Endodontists do NOT place fillings in teeth, by the way.  They are specialists in performing root canal therapy.

Anyway, dealing with the question at hand, I can tell you that if one of my patients is ever dissatisfied with my work, I want to know about it and be given a chance to make them happy, at NO CHARGE.  I can't say that your dentist will feel the same way, but that is how I personally feel about it.  Like the first answer says, I take quite a bit of pride in my work, and if someone is unhappy about it, I want to know about it.

What, specifically, are you dissatisfied with ?  When you answer this question, I will be better able to make suggestions to you that may be helpful.  Short of having this particular information, all I can say is a general statement to tell you to go back to the dentist and discuss it with him or her.  If you are reasonable and respectful in your tone, I dont' know many dentists who would not be willing to work with you to reach your satisfaction.  I know a few, but they rank very low in terms of how I feel about them.

Mike,  a dentist

Success is measured not by the heights to which one rises, but rather by the obstacles that one has overcome.

Thank you mike, well I will tell you what happened. I made an appointment with a new dentist because my dentist retired. He is a cosmetic dentist. He said I needed a crown, which I did. The day before the appointment I called to make sure of my appointment, and asked what they would be doing, would they be taking molds, she said no we don't do that, we do it all in one appointment. I said neat, I have never had one done like that. I went to the appointment, he did the crown. He finished the work, never let me look at it at all. I should mention that he gave the shot and when he first started it was fine like usual. Then after a mimnute or two he was still putting the needle in different places and all of of sudden it was like a lightening bolt going through my veins, from the bottom of my chin, to the top of my head. I was hot pain. I told him about it and he said he had never heard of that. I said I had never had that happen before. He kept saying weird, never heard of it. Then, I could not open my mouth very far, it was painfull. Oh, and my face on that side is still numb feeling, it did not go away. I came home and finally took a mirror and looked at the crown. It did not match my teeth, and it was turned weird, not in line with my other teeth. I understand it is in the back noone can see it, but that is not the point. Then I went in the sunligth with my mirror and there was a crack like across the whole front of the tooth. Then to top it off, I flossed that night, and my floss caught on both sides, like there is a separation or indentation at the bottom on both sides. I have four other crowns, and they don't even look like the same quality or the same material. I called the next day, and I also haven't ever had pain or the soreness that I had with that crown, and I did not have to have a root canal. It was sore for a week. They said they could not get me in until June to look at that tooth, so I am wondering why they can't take 2 minutes to look. I don't know if I want to let someone look at me again, if they can't squeeze me in just to take a look. After all, he did the work, not me. I probably have gone on and on, but it was hard to explain without all the details. Also I know if he is a dentist, he told me he had no idea what happened when he did that shot, and I do think he has heard of it, I would think that dentist know what can happen, and all the symtoms. Thank you for your answer

Thank you mike, well I will tell you what happened. I made an appointment with a new dentist because my dentist retired. He is a cosmetic dentist. He said I needed a crown, which I did. The day before the appointment I called to make sure of my appointment, and asked what they would be doing, would they be taking molds, she said no we don't do that, we do it all in one appointment. I said neat, I have never had one done like that. I went to the appointment, he did the crown. He finished the work, never let me look at it at all. I should mention that he gave the shot and when he first started it was fine like usual. Then after a mimnute or two he was still putting the needle in different places and all of of sudden it was like a lightening bolt going through my veins, from the bottom of my chin, to the top of my head. I was hot pain. I told him about it and he said he had never heard of that. I said I had never had that happen before. He kept saying weird, never heard of it. Then, I could not open my mouth very far, it was painfull. Oh, and my face on that side is still numb feeling, it did not go away. I came home and finally took a mirror and looked at the crown. It did not match my teeth, and it was turned weird, not in line with my other teeth. I understand it is in the back noone can see it, but that is not the point. Then I went in the sunligth with my mirror and there was a crack like across the whole front of the tooth. Then to top it off, I flossed that night, and my floss caught on both sides, like there is a separation or indentation at the bottom on both sides. I have four other crowns, and they don't even look like the same quality or the same material. I called the next day, and I also haven't ever had pain or the soreness that I had with that crown, and I did not have to have a root canal. It was sore for a week. They said they could not get me in until June to look at that tooth, so I am wondering why they can't take 2 minutes to look. I don't know if I want to let someone look at me again, if they can't squeeze me in just to take a look. After all, he did the work, not me. I probably have gone on and on, but it was hard to explain without all the details. Also I know if he is a dentist, he told me he had no idea what happened when he did that shot, and I do think he has heard of it, I would think that dentist know what can happen, and all the symtoms. Thank you for your answer

Hi there. I am in the dental field and yes, dentists do take pride in their work. If you have a problem. best thing to do is to return and be honest with them about how you feel about your teeth. How can they fix a problem they don't know about? Give the dentist the opportunity to correct the issue and then if you aren't satisfied, be honest, like I said and ask for your records. A lot of times you will get stuck because insurance will not pay for a 2nd trip to another dentist.. So be prepared to pay out of pocket if the first dentist doesn't rectify the issue.. Hope this helps. But from experience, on occasion a situation goes south and we don't know about it because patients are afraid to say something. DONT BE AFRAID.. It's your mouth and we truly do want to make it right...

In concern,

Sunflower Mama

 

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The day before the appointment I called to make sure of my appointment, and asked what they would be doing, would they be taking molds, she said no we don't do that, we do it all in one appointment. I said neat, I have never had one done like that.

Yes, this is possible now.  It is kind of "the wave of the future".  The machines that make these crowns are exceedingly expensive (anywhere from $40,000 to $120,000, ballpark), so they are not yet in widespread use. 

I went to the appointment, he did the crown. He finished the work, never let me look at it at all.

Yeah, he probably should have let you see it before he cemented it.

I should mention that he gave the shot and when he first started it was fine like usual. Then after a mimnute or two he was still putting the needle in different places and all of of sudden it was like a lightening bolt going through my veins, from the bottom of my chin, to the top of my head. I was hot pain. I told him about it and he said he had never heard of that. I said I had never had that happen before. He kept saying weird, never heard of it. Then, I could not open my mouth very far, it was painfull. Oh, and my face on that side is still numb feeling, it did not go away.

What happened here is that he actually touched the nerve with the needle.  When metal touches nerve tissue, it INSTANTLY fires the nerve, which produces exactly what you have described.  It is NOT a pleasant sensation, but it makes you REALLY numb.  Since you say that you are STILL numb, it sounds like the needle may have actually severed some nerve fibers.  Exceedingly rare, but it does happen.  The good news is that it is rarely permanent.  The bad news is that the numbness and tingling sensation may last up to several months.  It's not that he did anything wrong, as these things happen.  When it happens to me, I tell my patients that I "shot a bullseye" and actually touched the nerve. 

I came home and finally took a mirror and looked at the crown. It did not match my teeth, and it was turned weird, not in line with my other teeth. I understand it is in the back noone can see it, but that is not the point. Then I went in the sunligth with my mirror and there was a crack like across the whole front of the tooth.

Which tooth is it ?  Bottom left or bottom right ?  Does your bite feel right, or does it feel different than it did before ?

Then to top it off, I flossed that night, and my floss caught on both sides, like there is a separation or indentation at the bottom on both sides.

I would have to see the crown and an X-ray of it to be certain, so take this with a grain of salt, but it sounds to me like the crown was not completely seated when it was cemented on, meaning that it "wasn't on the whole way".

I have four other crowns, and they don't even look like the same quality or the same material.

That's because they AREN'T the same material.  The material used to make the crowns in the dentist's office is all porcelain, whereas your other crowns are most likely made of a metal substructure with a porcelain coating.  They DON'T look the same.  Generally, the all porcelain ones are prettier.  As far as quality goes, it's like comparing apples to oranges.  Rest assured, though, that crowns made of all porcelain are very strong, and can last for many, many years.

I called the next day, and I also haven't ever had pain or the soreness that I had with that crown, and I did not have to have a root canal.

Not sure what you mean exactly, but not all teeth that need to be crowned need to have root canals before hand.

It was sore for a week. They said they could not get me in until June to look at that tooth, so I am wondering why they can't take 2 minutes to look. I don't know if I want to let someone look at me again, if they can't squeeze me in just to take a look. After all, he did the work, not me.

JUNE ?!?!?!  You've GOT to be kidding me.  That's totally unacceptable.

I probably have gone on and on, but it was hard to explain without all the details. Also I know if he is a dentist, he told me he had no idea what happened when he did that shot, and I do think he has heard of it, I would think that dentist know what can happen, and all the symtoms. Thank you for your answer

If he is NOT a dentist, then he is practicing dentistry without a license, which all states take very seriously.  They treat it the same as practicing medicine without a license.  If I were you, at this point, I would call the office again, be very nice about it, and explain that you are having some issues that you feel need to be addressed by the doctor, and that you cannot and will not wait until June.  If they give you a hard time about scheduling something sooner than that, ask to speak to the office manager or the Dr. himself.  If THAT doesn't give you any satisfaction, then I would probably consider calling the state Board of Dentistry, but it probably won't go that far.  I hate to recommend that you take that course of action against one of my colleagues, but I also hate the fact that he won't help you out when you are having issues.  It just isn't right.  Don't be TOO hard on him though, as he may not even know that you have called.  Sometimes our staff handles things that we don't ever even hear about.  It is their job to do everything that they can so that we have nothing else to do but the actual dentistry.

Hope this has helped.  If there is anything else you want to discuss, feel free.

Mike

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