Hi, thanks in advance for any advice. My question is this: what do you do when you have second and third and fourth opinions and they all contradict each other. My situation is that I was going to the same dentist for a while and was very happy with the service he had provided until my last visit. Perhaps he had some personal problems because his mood was radically different than I had seen before. I had told him that I didn't have a lot of money to spend on dental work and he obliged by seeking out the most economic treatment.. This worked for a while, however, I think given my circumstances, over time he stopped informing me of any problems that I may have been having. He just wrote everything off and said that nothing can be done. I complained of severe gum swelling and he told me that I had a large pocket between my back molar and premolar and that all I could do was try to clean the area as diligently as possible. Well I tried that and subsequently came down with an infection in my gums while on vacation. I saw three dentists who all told me that there was a problem with the back molar. The first told me that they don't know until they open the filling whether or not a root canal is necessary and that the premolar had a high filling. The second told me that a root canal needed to be done on that back molar and the filling for the premolar had to be replaced. The third told me that both needed a root canal. I wasn't able to do the treatment while abroad and decided to change my dentist in the states. I use a dental plan that gives me a discounted rate (the same as doing it abroad). The dentist in the states told me that I have an apical cyst (that's a first) and that I needed to see an endodentist. Since my plan only covers 25% she told me at the time of the visit that she would try to find someone who would do it for a reduced rate if I wasn't able to find anyone. To make a long story short, when I called her about a recommendation, she completely changed her tone and said that it's too expensive for me and that she would try to do the root canal herself and that I need 2 root canals (molar and premolar). She said that she would try the premolar first and if I don't have any problems then we would wait for 6 months and do another x - ray to see if the cyst is still there. As I have few options with this dental plan (I have to wait 2 weeks before changing dentists and have had two instances already of infection) I agreed despite being more than doubtful about her intentions.
Once again thanks very much for your time.