7-8 years ago I had a root canal done by a DDS. Last week my new dentist referred me to an endodontist because she felt that that tooth was having complications. The specialist found a file in the root canal along with what he called, "Significant infection." The endodonist couldn't extract the file so I have to go in for oral surgery to have it removed. The original dentist NEVER informed me of the broken file or that it could cause complications. I'm not a "sue happy" kind of person and I don't want anything that isn't coming to me; however, is it unreasonable to ask the dentist to help me cover my medical expenses to have this corrected? Thank you for your time.

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 19 - August - 2011, at 02:50 AM

  • While doing the cleaning of the canals, if the file remains in the canal then it has to be removed before going for root canal filling. File in the canal after root canal may or may not show any symptoms of pain. If the canals are sterile before the file gets broken in the canal, then it doesn’t show any symptoms, otherwise it causes pain and infection later on. You are being reasonable if you ask the dentist who did your root canal to cover your medical expenses which you have to bear because of his mistake. He should have removed the file during the treatment itself or should have at least informed you that there is a file present in the canal. For more info on complications after root canal therapy, you can refer to the following article… http://www.identalhub.com/article_complications-and-care-after-root-canal-therapy-106.aspx

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