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3 Must-Dos Before You Get a Second Opinion

By Sara Fossum on May 24, 2016 in Dental Health


You have a right to a second opinion. Things to consider beforehand:

A serious diagnosis. High treatment costs. An outfit choice. These are all examples of when you may need a second opinion.

Regardless of the reason, when it comes to your smile, you're entitled to the best dental care possible. If you're thinking of getting a second opinion, follow these three steps before you schedule that second appointment:

1. Contact your insurance company.

In certain circumstances, a second consultation may be covered. Contact your benefits provider to know what to expect beforehand.

2. Ask your dentist for recommendations.

Though your dentist may not be the best judge of your outfit selection, he or she can provide recommendations. Depending on the severity of your diagnosis, he or she may suggest a dental specialist over another general practitioner. Check your benefits information to see if your plan requires pre-authorization.

Pro-tip: Choosing an in-network dentist for your second consultation can help alleviate costs for potential restorative care.

3. Assess all options.

Complex dental diagnoses sometimes have more than one treatment plan. It's important to evaluate the risk, length, cost, coverage and alternatives of each option to find the best treatment for you. In addition to your primary dentist, ask your personal contacts or local dental society for referrals.

When it comes to your oral and overall health, you have choices. Contact us today if you have any questions.