The American Dental Association advises patients that getting a second opinion about a proposed dental procedure is always appropriate. However, it is usually considered when the particular procedure would involve oral surgery or if it could be life changing e.g., replacing natural teeth with a denture.
There are certain circumstances that definitely merit getting another viewpoint. If for any reason you feel that you would be better off in the hands of someone more experienced in cosmetic dentistry, for instance. If your family dentist has suggested the need for braces for one of your children you may feel that a referral to a specialist in the field of orthodontics would be in order. Whatever the reason check with your insurance agency to see if they will cover the cost of a subsequent consultation.
If you decide to get a second opinion be prepared to ask pertinent questions. If your referral dentist agrees with the original diagnosis you should find out if there are options other than the procedure that your primary dentist recommended. Discuss the various options, compare costs and weigh the pros and cons of each possibility. If the diagnosis differs between the two dentists don’t hesitate to seek a third opinion.
Compass Dental in Hickory, NC welcomes referral patients. Dr. Sigmon is happy to discuss alternative and affordable treatments. Call the office @ 828-385-5155.