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Getting a Second Opinion on Dental Care

By Caroline Jacobson on March 13, 2018 in Insurance

dentist second opinion

A serious diagnosis. High treatment costs. These are examples of when you may need a second opinion. But what about a dentist second opinion?

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 3 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 so you know what to expect beforehand.

2. Ask your dentist for recommendations.
Your dentist 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. You may also want to check with friends and family if they know a trusted dentist you can recommend.

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 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.