On December 23 Rd I went in for a crown/possible root canal. Dr. Fleishman seemed okay. However, I had to ask the hygienist during the procedure what was going on. He left the room without saying anything. He seemed unaware that I'd be nervous if I needed a root canal. She said I only needed a crown. I was relieved. I thought it was strange he didn't tell me once he knew. He didn't explain much.
40 minutes after the procedure, I had to go back into the office because the pain was so bad. It was shooting up into my eye and head. I was miserable....and I was still numb in many areas too, so it was unusual to have so much pain and be numb. It was all I could do to not break down in tears. Dr. Fleishman was in his coat and on his way out. He said it was an evasive procedure and some pain is normal and asked if I wanted a prescription. I said no, since it was probably normal.
I would go back three more times (12/26, 12/30 and 1/13) with nonstop toothache pain. I had to put ice packs on it daily, use Oragel and constantly pop Advil. No X-rays given. He almost seemed irritated with my complaints. Once, I went in and he was not working and couldn't be reached on his cell phone. I waited 40 minutes for an over the phone prescription, but no luck. I finally left with no pain killers. Why couldn't someone else help me? Twice he adjusted the bite, still never took X-rays. Only had me bite down on thin black paper. The pain had now spread to both upper and lower teeth and it was pretty unbearable.
On 1/20 I had a root canal and the pain was gone. for the first time in nearly a month I had no pain. Unfortunately, that evening I developed an extreme allergic reaction and had to get myself to Kaiser the next day. Covered in hives and hands and arms so swollen I couldn’t bend my fingers. There I was immediately put on Prednisone. ($100 co-pay for the visit $46 for the meds and one sick day from work)
WHAT A MESS
WORSE part: My full mouth evaluation with my (awesome) dentist showed that Dr. Fleishman had not correctly placed the crown. The showed me X-rays. I had a big gap on the crown. It would eventually develop decay
GETS CRAZIER: I went back in March to ask for my $200 back for the lifetime warranty on the faulty crown and in the waiting room I run into an old acquaintance. She was almost in tears. I sat with her to tell I was there to complain. I asked why she was so upset....she'd had one year of pain and trouble....and she couldn't eat on her right side for one year. I couldn't believe what I was hearing....and you guessed it...Dr. Fleishman. I COULDN'T believe it. I told her my story and told her to run.