Have you recently been told that you need a large amount of dental treatment, or a costly procedure to save your teeth? If you’ve been away from the dentist for a while, this may be a concern after seeing a new dentist for the first time. Before beginning any large or expensive treatment plan, dental patients should know that it’s never a bad idea to get a second opinion.
Many dentists will treatment plan using different methodologies. Some dentists prefer to wait out and monitor mild areas of concern, while others are more proactive in treatment. Some dentists may present several options to the patient, allowing them to help co-plan their treatment, while other dentists recommend or offer only one type of treatment for the condition. Patients should know that sometimes there are options available to them, and need to feel confident in the care that their personal dentist offers.
Sometimes patients don’t have that confidence, and want to find out what another dentist would recommend instead of immediately going through with treatment. That’s completely fine! If you decide to seek out a second opinion, there is no need to show the other dentist what treatment plan was recommended by the previous dentist. You will need to have dental x-rays for a new dental exam and diagnosis though, so you may need to acquire copies of your older films (which can be printed or emailed – if digital) or else possibly be ready to pay for a new set.
Having a second opinion on your dental needs is a great way to put your mind at ease and feel confident about the choices you make for the future of your smile.
Posted on behalf of Group Health Dental
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