What are my rights if the dentist broke a front tooth while extracting the one behind it?

He said the only way to save the tooth was to crown it and estimated the cost at $300. since I am on a sliding scale. When I made the appointment for the prep the secretary quoted a cost of $352. I went back for the prep and was told the lab fees had gone up $5.; I made a deposit of $200. When I went back to have the crown cemented, I was told the lab fees had gone up $105. due to the price of gold. At no time was I told there would be gold in the crown. The precise term used was “metal”. They refuse to stand by their quote. I have paid the remaining

Asked on October 29, 2013 under Malpractice Law, Maine

Answers:

Anne Brady / Law Office of Anne Brady

Answered 7 years ago | Contributor

If the dentist broke the tooth, he should not be charging you anything to repair it.  However, there is nothing that requires dentists to "stand by" estimates for the cost of their work.  You should seek out a personal injury attorney to review your situation/medical file and determine if you have a case against this dentist.


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