Home Ask The Dentist Medicaid Polls Procedure Descriptions FAQ's Consultants Schools Directories Research


Dental Health Directory Library

FAQ:  Root Canal Therapy RCT

Advancements for Eliminating RCT Failures
Socket Grafting Failed Root Canaled Teeth
New Painless Laser Root Canals
RCT Procedure Demonstration
What Root Canals? (Sedation)

Preventing Root Canal Failure
RCT as a DIAGNOSTIC Procedure

Endodontist Directory
Custom Google Endodontic Search
Phantom Tooth Pain
RCT Treatment Example: Molar
Procedure Description
Anatomy of RC Pain
Broken File? Choice: Endodontist vs Dentist

Root Canal Therapy Long story short: my general dentist started to perform a Root Canal on tooth #28 through a crown he recently cemented.

Things seem to be going good till I started to experience some discomfort towards the end of the filling of the canal. No matter how much extra Novocaine he gave I was still feeling a little pain. He also says that the canal won't stay dry it would bleed from time to time. So he decided that he did not feel comfortable continuing the RCT.

So he puts a temp plug and says that he recommends me to see an endodontist instead cause he can't figure out whats going on. He does not feel comfortable continuing the RCT. He does not charge me for any of the procedure and gives me a referral to a nearby endodontist.

Now instead of $350 for what he would of charged I'm now looking at $1000 and nothing is guaranteed if I have the endodontist do it. The reason I went to him was to save money and he told he could do it.

My question is can a dentist do this? Start a RCT then quit when he feels there is going to be a problem and just passes it over to some one else to deal with?

Isn't he obligated to finish what he started or at least help pay for it since he couldn't finish it. There has got to be some set of standards for starting procedures and finishing them isn't there?

I'm at a loss as to what to do. That is too much money and he doesn't want to finish ...Visitor from IL

From our perspective it appears you have a "good" dentist.

It appears he agreed to perform a routine root canal at a skill level that is NOT on par with the skill set of a "root canal expert" (Endodontist). If general dentists shared the skill set there would not be the specialty of Endodontics.

You didn't get charged for his "experimental try". Some dentists WOULD have charged you.

Searching for some kind of ruling that "forces" a general dentist to complete a procedure that is beyond his/her capability (usually due to differing access to technologies and training) makes little sense.

Editorial Staff

Return to Root Canals FAQ

Return to FAQ Index

You also have the option of using Google search technology to conduct a specific search within our databases to find more specific information. Adjust search terms as needed to refine search results:

Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape

[Home]   [Ask The Dentist]   [FAQ's]   [Polls]   [Consultants]   [Directories]   [Articles]  
Contact the Editor
Technical Treatment Protocol Diagnosis Error Assessment
Free No Cost Dentist Advice
Featured in
Part of the Dental Network
Health Issues in Dentistry
Root Canals
All rights reserved - 1999-2020
Dental Pros and Cons

Free Dentistry
Bad Teeth Gums Gallery