Should the surgeon be responsible for the root canal cost?
This is the story of tooth #12: I shattered the entire root of #12 eating a piece of red licorice. It had already had a PFM on it and had a huge Post in it. So on 4/08/10 that was surgically extracted and the Dr. placed Bio Oss in the site, then sutured the site.
About 3 1/2 months later he placed a titanium implant in that site. At the time I told him that my gums were red since the bone graft. He said they looked fine. So then he placed a 3.5 x 8 in.
So I start getting nauseous around a month later. This kept on until I actually had the implant removed in Sept. 2011. Prior to removal of the implant the Bio Oss perforated a hole through through my gums a couple of months before the removal. Pieces would just come out, some times 2 at a time and you know how pokey those things are. So we removed the implant, scraped the bone socket area clean and let it heal for over 18 weeks.
Now we are into Feb. of this year. I just went back in and the Doctor place a 3.0 x 11 titanium implant in #12 area. When he was placing it I heard the ever so familiar crack of a root when he was half way through his procedure. I waited until he was done seeing as how the damage was already done. I then told him that I think he might have cracked the root tip of #11.
He had to place a thinner implant because #11 and #13 roots tilt toward each other so there was not much room in there for an implant. That's why he tried the shorter fatter one first.
Which brings me to today. I now have an abscess above #11 & #12. But hey conveniently the Bio Oss left me a nice little opening on the side of my gums. It never closed up so at least it can drain out.
Have you ever heard of this situation and should the surgeon be responsible for the root canal cost?