It can be unnerving and stressful to hear your dentist say you need extensive dental work. While minor procedures such as a filling or a dental crown probably doesn’t require a second opinion, if your dentist suggests more extensive work such as gum surgery or dental implants, you may want to consider getting a second opinion. If you’re comfortable asking your dentist for a referral, he or she can refer you to another dentist or specialist. Otherwise, you can ask your family and friends for recommendations. At Value Dental Center in Queen Creek, AZ, we can provide you with a second opinion on any dental procedure a dentist has recommended.
When You Should Seek a Second Opinion
There is no clear-cut rule for getting a second opinion in dentistry. Generally, if your dentist has made a serious diagnosis such as oral cancer, it is wise to get a second opinion before proceeding with treatment. Other circumstances where you should consider getting a second opinion include:
- Dental work previously done by your dentist did not resolve the issue
- You want to find out if the recommended treatment is truly necessary or if there are other alternatives available
- You are concerned about the costs of the recommended treatment
- You don’t feel your dentist is qualified to perform the recommended treatment
- You do not have a good relationship with your current dentist
What Questions You Should Ask
Prior to seeking a second opinion, you should contact your insurance company to find out if this is covered and if you will be responsible for any out-of-pocket costs. When you meet with a dentist at Value Dental Center Queen Creek, we will perform a thorough evaluation and compare our findings with those of your primary dentist. Some questions you will want to ask may include:
- Does this dentist agree with the findings and recommendations made by your primary dentist?
- What are the options for treating this condition? Are there alternative options to what my dentist recommended?
- What are the risks and benefits associated with each of the available treatment options?
- What are the risks if I choose to forgo treatment?
- What is the cost of each of the available treatments?
- Will future treatments be required?
Benefits of Seeking Second Opinions
Getting a second opinion can either confirm the findings and recommendations by your primary dentist, or they may disagree with the findings or recommendations by your dentist. There may be treatment options available to you that your dentist was unaware of or is unable to perform. Dentists have unique backgrounds and some receive specialized training in certain areas. Seeing a specialist can be advantageous as they may be able to offer more treatment options than your general dentist.
Considering Your Recommendations and Treatment Options
It is important to fully understand your diagnosis and all of the treatment options available to you. If your primary dentist and the dentist you received a second opinion from made different diagnoses or recommendations, you may wish to get a third opinion. You should feel comfortable with whatever treatment option—and dentist—you choose. This can help reduce any stress or anxiety related to extensive dental work. You should also contact your insurance company to find out what, if any, portions of the recommended treatment will be covered. Knowing in advance what you will be responsible for out-of-pocket is helpful. Should you want to explore financing, let us know.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are unsatisfied with a diagnosis or recommendation made by your dentist, our experienced dentists at Value Dental Center Queen Creek can provide you with a second opinion. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.