Get A Second Opinion Before Extensive Dental Treatment
Smart Oral Health: Second Opinions Before You Commit To A Substantial Dental Treatment Plan
Dental health problems that require major dental work, often benefit from a second opinion. If your dentist has informed you that your dental problems that will take an expensive, and often, long-term commitment to correct, a second opinion may save you both time and money!
If you are not comfortable with, or have some concerns about a proposed dental treatment plan, that is also a good reason to get a second opinion. It is never wrong or disrespectful of your existing dentist to get a second opinion. Instead, it is just smart health care practices. n, it probably means you should get one.
Reasons for having second dental evaluation and opinion:
You are unsure if the recommended dental treatment plan is necessary.
You feel uncomfortable about the cost and time frame of a dental treatment plan.
If past dental treatment plans have failed to correct dental problems.
If the dental treatment plan is going to involve surgery.
If you are not comfortable with, or do not understand a proposed dental treatment plan.
If you dental treatment plan involves multiple dentists
A Second Opinion for Dental Work Could Save You Thousands Of Dollars
…and a lot of time
Dentists have unique experiences, backgrounds, and even capabilities. As with any medical professional, a dentist may have specialized training or a focus that could give him or her a unique perspective on how to treat your dental issues. A different perspective on how to resolve your dental issues often presents alternative dental treatment plans. In some cases, a second opinion just provides peace of mind and helps you make a more informed oral health care decision. At the very minimum, you are able to discuss all your treatment options without challenging your primary dental caregiver.
What are “Blind Second Opinions?
A “Blind Second Opinion” is when you get a second opinion from a dentist who does not have your medical or dental records or any diagnosis. The advantage of blind second opinions are that the dentist has to form a dental treatment plan without influence of a previous estimate. This allows for an unbiased second opinion. The slight disadvantage is that we as your second opinion dentist, will not have diagnostic tests or evaluations. As mentioned, in most cases, this is a good thing because we are not influenced by previous dental treatment proposals.
As with any general, cosmetic or restorative dental services provided by the Carmichael dentist M. Tim Koch, DDS, patient privacy is of utmost concern. Second opinions are confidential consultations and in no way need to involve the primary clinic or dentist.