Not everyone gets it right the first time. The law-of-averages can be helpful for understanding what are common dental second opinions.
Seeking a dental second opinion could be due to human error. Or you might simply feel something is “off” about a diagnosis, the dentist’s demeanor, or the thought, “wow, didn’t expect that cost!”
It is…your health (and your choice)!
Trust is foundational to a general health diagnosis or treatment. The same holds true for dentistry.
Not every dental treatment that your dentist recommends requires questioning or a second opinion.
But there are times when you hear the diagnosis, are presented a treatment plan, and expertise or cost aside - you feel like you should push “pause” and consider your options.
A second opinion is within your rights to choose. Taking advantage of your options doesn’t necessarily mean you lack trust but any doubt you feel is worth a secondary evaluation.
You might ask yourself…
- Is this dental work really necessary?
- Is this dentist right for the procedure?
- Is the fee on par with the treatment plan?
Once you have clarity on these questions, be at ease knowing that seeking a dental second opinion is common.
That said, maybe you’re curious…
Common reasons to seek a second opinion on dental treatment
Something is unclear or confusing about your dental diagnosis
Dental terminology or “dental-speak” can sound serious and thus feel overwhelming. After all, your dentist is a professional and has years of training and experience.
Even so, their language or the narrative around your diagnosis could create confusion. If you’ve listened to them, asked enough questions, and you’re still confused it could be worth seeking the input of another dental provider.
When you’re presented a lengthy treatment plan for dental work
No doubt untreated dental issues can lead to more extensive and costly treatment. Delaying, avoiding, or postponing dental treatment can also lead to an overwhelming diagnosis.
Cost considered, confirm the urgency and timing of your recommended treatment. A second opinion might present you with care alternatives or a phased approach to solving your dental issues.
Seeking assurance that you’re making the right decision about your dental care
A second opinion often provides validation for your hesitancy or the “green light” to proceed with treatment recommendations. Either way, you will likely feel more confident if you discover that the second opinion confirms your thoughts about treatment.
Questions to ask during a dental second opinion
The best results from a second opinion consultation follow a clear explanation of your dental issue and the related treatment specifics you’ve been given.
Beyond the basic diagnostic information be prepared with a few clarifying questions for your second opinion conversation.
- Do you have enough information from my previous diagnosis?
- Are you in agreement or do you have an additional/different perspective?
- Are there treatment options that should be considered?
- Will my costs be different?
- Do you provide financial options?
- Is the treatment urgent or can I do it in phases?
- Will the treatment solve my problem or will I require additional treatment?
A licensed, qualified dentist will typically not resent you seeking a second opinion. Nor will they discredit your previous dentist for their professional diagnosis.
Entering a second opinion conversation assumes again, that not everyone gets it right the first time (or all the time). Training, experience, and care standards factor into your dentist’s diagnosis.
If you feel uncomfortable and pressured to comply, perhaps a second opinion is in order. When it’s necessary, you’ll also want to know your options.
Consider a convenient, easy, and potentially cost effective option.
Consult with a licensed, online dentist.
- Ask questions about your dental issue on a secure, easy-to-use online platform.
- Support your questions with available health records, images, and the information from an initial or previous diagnosis.
- Get a second opinion based on the information you provide and their secondary diagnosis.
- Compare the diagnoses and make a decision about your treatment option(s).
- Schedule an in-office appointment for treatment from a recommended, licensed dentist.
Dental.com provides a trusted second opinion solution
- Transparent consultations
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- Convenient, time-saving access to low cost, virtual dental consultations with a licensed dentist
- Connection to in-person dental care with dentists in your zip code
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The Dental.com team of dental professionals are trained to identify, diagnose, and treat any dental condition. From toothaches to second opinions - you’re covered!
- Access a 24 hour dentist now from your personal, private, and secure account.
- Select a reason for your visit using a brief questionnaire.
- Receive virtual dental care from a licensed dentist when you provide your issue details, any photos, and/or dental/health records.