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When is it Time to be Referred to a Specialist?

Posted in Dental Implants

You love your family dentist and trust everything that they do. Now that you seem to have a pretty “big issue” with your smile that you’re dealing with, how can you know when it’s time to visit a specialist to have your tooth fixed?

Here are a few reasons why your dentist may want to refer you to a specialist for a more precise type of treatment:

Root Canals

Hard to reach teeth, teeth with odd root anatomy, or root canal re-treatments are often sent to a specialist who has the necessary equipment to make these treatments easier and more predictable. 


Oral surgeries like dental implant placement or wisdom tooth removal aren’t always an everyday thing for some dentists. They may want you to see someone who provides this service numerous times a week, for better efficiency. 

Anxiety Management

Does dental care generally make you or your child nervous? Minor treatments are no problem, but when a procedure takes a bit more time it can be really challenging. Your dentist may recommend seeing a specialist who offers in-house sedation or IV sedation to help you relax through the procedure you so desperately need.

Your dentist works closely with referring specialists to discern what treatments take place and provide follow-up care after the procedure. He or she isn’t referring you blindly to someone that they don’t know. These relationships are built on a mutual trust and understanding of what is best for you as the primary patient of your family dentist. Ask your provider how long he or she has been working with the specialist to find out more about what it is that they do.

Posted on behalf of:
Garrisonville Dental
481 Garrisonville Rd. #105
Stafford, VA 22554

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