I’m a little worried. I went to a dentist for a filling. He originally told me it wasn’t that big so it shouldn’t take long. Then, in the middle of the procedure, I feel something weird and he tells me he’s going to need to do a root canal treatment and dental crown instead. I was floored. Why the switch so suddenly? Did something go wrong? Worse than that, during the root canal treatment, I heard a snap. I signaled for him to stop, but he didn’t. He just told me not to worry a file just broke and it happens all the time. To go from worse to unbelievable. he LEFT it in there. I don’t feel like I can trust this dentist and I don’t want a file in my tooth. Would a holistic dentist be a better option for me?
What a horrible experience. I think a holistic dentist would be more concerned about you leaving a file in your tooth than some other dentists and may be more willing to remove it. Before all that, I’m a little concerned about the rapid change in your treatment. I think it might be a good idea to get a copy of your original x-rays to see what another dentist thinks about this little cavity suddenly needing a root canal treatment and dental crown.
Sometimes decay can move rapidly, but this seems off to me. Another thing that worries me is his attitude toward the file. Files DO break. However, it doesn’t happen “all the time”. It is an occasional thing.
What is a Holistic Dentist?
For the benefit of those who aren’t familiar with a holistic dentist, I’ll give a brief explanation. This isn’t a specialty. Holistic dentists are general dentists who have a philosophy of treating the whole body and not just the mouth. For a practical example of how that plays out, if you needed a dental filling they would only place mercury-free composite fillings. That’s because the silver fillings contain mostly mercury which can be leaked into the body.
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