One of the biggest challenges that dentists face is when patients do not agree with the diagnosis of their oral health condition. Even when dental needs are very clear-cut, some patients remain confused about or conflicted with the recommended treatment that their dentist presents them with.
It is perfectly acceptable to see a different dentist for a second opinion related to your oral health needs. In fact, many insurance plans will allow for this simply because they don’t want to pay for unnecessary treatment for the people that they cover. If you’re getting a second opinion, you can bring your treatment plan with you or just let them know you’re there to see what they have to say so that you can compare your options. Keep in mind that in many cases, there are different treatment options and different dentists may have a difference of opinion on which is the most appropriate option for you. For example, one dentist might recommend restoring a decayed tooth with a tooth colored filling while another may recommend placement of a porcelain crown.
If you don’t trust the diagnosis from your dentist, an important question to ask yourself is “why do I continue to see my dentist?” Dental care is just as much about restoring your broken smile as it is preventing oral diseases from happening. If you trust them for one, you should be able to trust them for the other. Find a dentist that you trust for all of your oral health needs!
The worst thing you can do if you disagree with your dentist’s diagnosis is to have it remain untreated, without considering discussing it again with them or seeking a second opinion. Chances are there are other treatment options available to you, even if they are not the first treatment of choice. Letting dental diseases go untreated will only lead to costly, more invasive treatment needs if you put them off until they really bother you. Minimally invasive, early dental care will keep your mouth healthier and preserve as much natural enamel as possible.
Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental
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