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    bernie66191x1 Posts: 2, Reputation: 1
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    Sep 3, 2006, 01:43 PM
    Broke a tooth that has a root canal and dentist dismissed me as his patient
    Recently I 'broke' a tooth that contained a large filling and a root canal. Because I have diabetes, leukemia and several other serious health problems, including low platlets, 40ish, my dentist of 18 years informed me that he didn't want me as his patient any long. I presume his liability insurance has something to do with his decision.

    I would like to repair the tooth, if possible, rather than extract it. I forgot to mention I am 81 years old and served in WW 2, Korean War and Viet Nam... I am accustomed to 'rough treatment' but not from a dentist.

    What do you suggest?

    Bernie: Savannah, Georgia
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    Sep 3, 2006, 02:49 PM
    Get it pulled Bernie, the denist can only do so much.

    Since you have already had such extensive work and it is now broken most likely there is little they can do.

    But if you have to go to one or two other doctors and get their opinion
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    Sep 14, 2006, 08:30 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by bernie66191x1
    Recently I 'broke' a tooth that contained a large filling and a root canal. Because I have diabetes, leukemia and several other serious health problems, including low platlets, 40ish, my dentist of 18 years informed me that he didn't want me as his patient any long. I presume his liability insurance has something to do with his decision.

    I would like to repair the tooth, if possible, rather than extract it. I forgot to mention I am 81 years old and served in WW 2, Korean War and Viet Nam.....I am accustomed to 'rough treatment' but not from a dentist.

    What do you suggest?

    Bernie: Savannah, Georgia

    First, you are blessed in never having been treated roughly by dentists since my personal experience and those of many others with whom I have spoken has been very different. In any case, you are obviousaly forced to go to another "doctor". So what other advice can be given than for you to go and not to linger since an infected tooth is a dangerous thing due to its nearness to the brain.


    BTW
    He might not feel qualified to deal with the situation and doesn't want to admit it so he prefers to dismiss you and save face. At least that's better than having him fake his way through and botch up your tooth even more not to mention possibly killing you in the process.
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    Sep 23, 2009, 02:49 PM

    I had the same thing happen. Tooth broke below the gum line. My dentist said there was no other option but to pull the tooth. If you are a good candidate, they can put in an implant and you can get a replacement. But mine seemed to be of the opinion that there is no way to save a tooth that has broken below the gum, as opposed to a piece of the top of it breaking off. That they can fix with a new crown, or filling. But you need a solid root.
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    Sep 23, 2009, 03:29 PM
    Please check the date of the original post when posting.
    Thanks!
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    Sep 23, 2009, 03:34 PM
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