I recently read a case study about a man whose dentist did a beautiful smile makeover on someone but caused serious problems for her patient by not reading the diagnostics carefully. Here is a picture of the x-ray.
If you look at the tooth that has been circled, in the middle of the root there is a horizontal radiolucent line that looks like an old fracture. There is root canal filling both above and below that so at some point a dentist did a root canal treatment either not seeing the fracture or thinking they could navigate it and promote some healing.
The area below the fracture looks to have healed, but if you look at the area above the line it has a lacey appearance. This is evidence the area is being eaten away by an infection. Because of the location, this makes the tooth unrestorable.
What This Dentist SHOULD Do
Because they put a restoration over a tooth which needed to be extracted, they shouldn’t double charge the patient. Originally, they should have extracted the tooth and then placed a dental implant. After an appropriate healing time, they should then place an implant crown. However, because this patient has already been charged and paid for a porcelain crown as a restoration without the appropriate procedure being done prior to it, the dentist should NOT charge them for the crown now being placed.
This is an illustration to show that while dentists can miss things and make mistakes, they should always make it right with the patient.
This blog is brought to you by Huntsville Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Steve Murphree.