My previous dentist refused to offer metal fillings, citing the potential for mercury ingestion. However, he failed to inform me about the side effects -- which I'm now experiencing -- of white fillings. As a result, I've had to have root canals and fillings/crowns in sites where he put in white fillings.
Additionally, this dentist insisted -- absolutely insisted, refused to pull the tooth -- on a root canal, gum surgery and a crown for a tooth that i wanted pulled originally. Within 15 months of putting in the actual crown, it fell out. When I asked him what caused it, he said there was probably some decay he didn't completely remove when putting in the crown.
My question is not whether I can sue -- to me, a lay person, this is clearly negligent care. My question is, would it be more prudent to retain counsel for this situation or to try to work with the dentist directly to get back $? I spent over $5k on the work itself and spent, in total, several months of acute nerve pain from the work he did -- and now have to go through it again because of his negligence. If I go through counsel, should I expect to pay a retainer or would it be a contingency engagement? Are there attorneys who do dental malpractice?
If I should try working with the dentist directly, how do I approach him about it? Do I ask just for my money back or $ for pain and suffering?
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