I had a tooth that needed a dental crown. A friend knew I was short of funds and suggested I go to Mexico to have the treatment done. I did the math and even with the exhorbitant cost of gasoline, I would save a significant amount of money driving to Mexico for the treatment. I’d even get a day of touring, so it seemed like a win-win at the time. Unfortunately, it has not turned out that way.
I drove down there, spent one day touring and then had the dental crown placed the next day. Two days later it fell off. I called their office and they said I had to come back in. So, I schlepped myself down there again. When I got there they said it feel off because I needed a root canal treatment. That puzzled me because I’d had no pain, plus why didn’t they do that the first time. When I asked why the didn’t do the root canal originally, they said that it is not only required and it saves me money to wait and see if it is necessary. I went ahead and had the root canal treatment despite my reservations.
Within just a few days of doing the root canal treatment and replacing the crown, I started having pain in the tooth with sensitivity to hot and cold. I called their office again and they wanted me to come down for a third trip. Instead, I called around to a local dentist. I just told him I had tooth pain on a recent root canal treatment and asked his advice. He said that the tooth was fractured and needed to be extracted and replaced.
Here’s what I’m thinking. Shouldn’t the dentist in Mexico do the extraction and tooth replacement and then deduct the cost of my root canal treatment and crown from the cost as they ended up being useless?
This is another unfortunate example of the horrors of dental tourism. Your scepticism about the root canal treatment was justified. If you’d had no pain whatsoever then it is unlikely that was needed. Your dentist probably said that to deflect from the fact that he made a mistake.
Next, when he did the root canal treatment, he didn’t do it properly because you ended up in pain. In fact, the pain you are experiencing is due to now needing a root canal treatment.
Unfortunately, I’m not sure that this second dentist is going to be the best dentist for you etiher. Instead, I am going to recommend you get another opinion. Even some fractured teeth can be saved so and he did not recommend trying that. Nor, did he even mention the failed root canal treatment. That has my warning flags up.
Let’s say this tooth did need an extraction and replacement, I would not want you to use the dentist in Mexico again, even though it will be cheaper. He cannot do a simple dental crown or root canal treatment, there is no way he can do a dental implant which is significantly more advanced than anything you’ve had done before. There are serious consequences to a dentist not doing it correctly, including losing part of your jaw. This you will want done by an expert.
Just make sure you get that second opinion before moving forward on anything. That being said, you do need this infection taken care of. There are dentists who will see patients in dental emergencies, such as yours and they can at least get you out of pain while you figure out your next step.
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