i just had a root canal,the dentist broke a file off in my tooth and left it in. is this dangerous? what are the problems that can occour? if i have a cat scan will it pull out of my tooth. should it be removed?

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  • McKenzie

    McKenzie 13 - June - 2013, at 18:19 PM

  • I had a root canal done a year ago and the dentist broke a file. Now I have an infection and am seeing a different dentist. The dentist im seeing now highly suggests I see an endodontist. I feel that the previous dentist should have to pay for me to get this fixed. Ill had that the day I got the root canals done I was not informed. Basically what happened is that the dentist did x rays on the veneers I have and decided to do two root canals that visit. While these decisions are being made I am not being informed. When the procedure was about to start the dentist just ran everything by me, didn't suggest I see an endodontist, nor did he even tell me he decided to do two root canals. He also did my veneers,which were done poorly since one broke and the other does not fit correctly in my mouth. I havent had any previous problems until I began to see the dentist I speak of. Once again my question is should the dentist who broke the file have to pay for me to see and get it fixed by the endodontist?

  • Naomi

    Naomi 02 - April - 2013, at 04:08 AM

  • Hiya, I had a root canal back in 07, have had issues and have gone back a week ago to discover a snapped piece of a tool is stopping them from completing another root canal, I am in constant pain and now have been told my only option is a) to remove my 2 front teeth as abscess is between them both or go to a specialist and somehow frin in excess of £1000, I was never informed of the tool breaking in my tooth back in 07.

  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 25 - July - 2012, at 00:47 AM

  • Dear HIDY, Its the duty of the doctor to tell each and everything to the patient. S/he shouldn't hide. It's as per law only that an informed consent is taken prior to the treatment in which all the pros and cons regarding the treatment are discussed with the patient or the guardian.

  • Hidy

    Hidy 24 - July - 2012, at 15:36 PM

  • I wonder why the dentist inform the patient about the broken instrument inside the canal and let them be worried more. This is very common and it will consider as a normal filling, particularly if the patient not feel any pain ,and if they feel with pain, they can go back to their dentist and he will solve the problem

  • Kim

    Kim 28 - March - 2012, at 09:31 AM

  • Just yesterday I was at the school of dentistry in my home town because I had a tooth that needed a root canal and didn't have insurance to have it done. I had a file broke in one of my canals. After my treatment I was told about it and they said that it happens and shouldn't be any problem but if I wanted it removed that they would refer me to the endo dept and have it removed. After reading these posts I'm just not willing to take the chance on it getting infected and possibly losing the tooth later on. Thank you for sharing. I just called the school and am setting up the appointment for removal. I know these things happen and still am so thankful that the school did the root canal for just a fraction of the cost it would have been if I had the root canal done in a dental office. I'm sure it's embarassing for this mistake to happen and was glad they fessed up to it.

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