Root Canal Therapy Done Twice Please Help 
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 Root Canal Therapy Done Twice Please Help

Hi,
I went in to a dentist with pain in two back molars.  He removed
two crowns and said both teeth needed root c{*filter*}therapy,and referred
me
to an endodontist for the far back molar, but said he could do the
other simpler tooth.

He relieved the pain, did a cursory root canal, and then filed the
teeth.  I was in his chair for no more than half an hour.  On the
tooth he said he could
do, he never put the little steel wires in to do mid procedure x rays,
and I
assumed he only started the procedure.

Four weeks later I went to a different endodontist where I used to
live, and he said I needed both teeth done, based on the x-rays.  I
asked if he was sure the one molar that dentist 1 worked on wasn't
completely done, and how could he tell.  He brought another doc in who
looked at my x rays and both said
the first primary care dentist I went to only started the root canals.

I spent four hours in that dental chair as the endodontist really
worked those
two teeth over, using the little wires to check his work on x ray.
(Something the first dentist didn't do.)

Now I get a summary from my insurance company showing they denied a
request from Dentist 1 for $650 dollars for rct.  Geeze, I don't think
it is fair
to pay a full rtc price for the first pain work and cursory root work.
 He also
charged 120 for the pain part.

Someone please respond, I am stressed, worried and want to know how
fair the 650 is
for cursory work on that one tooth?  There are six of us going
to this Dentist, and I hate to change Dentists over billing issues.

What should I do?  

Should I explain to doc 1 what the two endodontists said about
the tooth he worked on being only partially done?

I can't afford to pay out of pocket for three rct's on two teeth :(

Thank you for responding,
Margot



Sat, 30 Apr 2005 15:22:17 GMT
 Root Canal Therapy Done Twice Please Help
This explains why we need health care reform! I
havce heard this same story too many times.
Insurance companies often require a post-op (after
treatment) x-ray to establish the root c{*filter*}
therapy was COMPLETED. You should pay a partial
fee for what was done, not a complete fee for
treatment COMPOLETE as billed.

Joel M. Eichen DDS


om...

Quote:
> Hi,
> I went in to a dentist with pain in two back
molars.  He removed
> two crowns and said both teeth needed root c{*filter*}

therapy,and referred
Quote:
> me
> to an endodontist for the far back molar, but

said he could do the
Quote:
> other simpler tooth.

> He relieved the pain, did a cursory root canal,
and then filed the
> teeth.  I was in his chair for no more than half
an hour.  On the
> tooth he said he could
> do, he never put the little steel wires in to do

mid procedure x rays,
Quote:
> and I
> assumed he only started the procedure.

> Four weeks later I went to a different

endodontist where I used to
Quote:
> live, and he said I needed both teeth done,

based on the x-rays.  I
Quote:
> asked if he was sure the one molar that dentist
1 worked on wasn't
> completely done, and how could he tell.  He

brought another doc in who
Quote:
> looked at my x rays and both said
> the first primary care dentist I went to only

started the root canals.
Quote:

> I spent four hours in that dental chair as the
endodontist really
> worked those
> two teeth over, using the little wires to check
his work on x ray.
> (Something the first dentist didn't do.)

> Now I get a summary from my insurance company

showing they denied a
Quote:
> request from Dentist 1 for $650 dollars for rct.

Geeze, I don't think
Quote:
> it is fair
> to pay a full rtc price for the first pain work

and cursory root work.
Quote:
>  He also
> charged 120 for the pain part.

> Someone please respond, I am stressed, worried

and want to know how
Quote:
> fair the 650 is
> for cursory work on that one tooth?  There are
six of us going
> to this Dentist, and I hate to change Dentists

over billing issues.
Quote:

> What should I do?

> Should I explain to doc 1 what the two

endodontists said about
Quote:
> the tooth he worked on being only partially
done?

> I can't afford to pay out of pocket for three

rct's on two teeth :(
Quote:

> Thank you for responding,
> Margot



Sat, 30 Apr 2005 18:36:12 GMT
 Root Canal Therapy Done Twice Please Help
Communication !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Talk to your dental office.  It may have been a billing error.  Most dental
software will assign the fee to your account when the procedure is begun.
It then gets submitted to the insurance carrier when the procedure is
complete.  Someone may have simply clicked on your claim by mistake and sent
it out early.

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Troy, Michigan  USA
+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+_+
This posting is intended for informational or conversational purposes only.
Always seek the opinion of a licensed dental professional before acting on
the advice or opinion expressed here.  Only a dentist who has examined you
in person can diagnose your problems and make decisions which will effect
your health.
......................
As a qualified and licensed dentist, I can assure you that Jan Drew's advice
and links can be safely ignored.  She is retired daycare center owner with a
personal, ill-founded agenda.  None of the qualified and licensed dentists
who frequent this group endorse her advice and the websites she provides
links to.

...........................


Quote:
> Hi,
> I went in to a dentist with pain in two back molars.  He removed
> two crowns and said both teeth needed root c{*filter*}therapy,and referred
> me
> to an endodontist for the far back molar, but said he could do the
> other simpler tooth.

> He relieved the pain, did a cursory root canal, and then filed the
> teeth.  I was in his chair for no more than half an hour.  On the
> tooth he said he could
> do, he never put the little steel wires in to do mid procedure x rays,
> and I
> assumed he only started the procedure.

> Four weeks later I went to a different endodontist where I used to
> live, and he said I needed both teeth done, based on the x-rays.  I
> asked if he was sure the one molar that dentist 1 worked on wasn't
> completely done, and how could he tell.  He brought another doc in who
> looked at my x rays and both said
> the first primary care dentist I went to only started the root canals.

> I spent four hours in that dental chair as the endodontist really
> worked those
> two teeth over, using the little wires to check his work on x ray.
> (Something the first dentist didn't do.)

> Now I get a summary from my insurance company showing they denied a
> request from Dentist 1 for $650 dollars for rct.  Geeze, I don't think
> it is fair
> to pay a full rtc price for the first pain work and cursory root work.
>  He also
> charged 120 for the pain part.

> Someone please respond, I am stressed, worried and want to know how
> fair the 650 is
> for cursory work on that one tooth?  There are six of us going
> to this Dentist, and I hate to change Dentists over billing issues.

> What should I do?

> Should I explain to doc 1 what the two endodontists said about
> the tooth he worked on being only partially done?

> I can't afford to pay out of pocket for three rct's on two teeth :(

> Thank you for responding,
> Margot



Sat, 30 Apr 2005 20:09:38 GMT
 Root Canal Therapy Done Twice Please Help


Quote:
> Communication !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

> Talk to your dental office.  It may have been a

billing error.  Most dental
Quote:
> software will assign the fee to your account

when the procedure is begun.
Quote:
> It then gets submitted to the insurance carrier

when the procedure is
Quote:
> complete.  Someone may have simply clicked on

your claim by mistake and sent

Quote:
> it out early.

Oh the doctor's wife has careless little fingers,
doesn't she?


Sat, 30 Apr 2005 20:11:59 GMT
 
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