Is a Second Opinion Necessary?
You should always trust your instincts, especially when it comes to your health. Even if you’ve been with your primary dentist for a long period of time, if their latest diagnosis sets off your instincts, it’s time to get a second opinion. There are other dentists out there who will examine you and reach their own conclusions. On top of this, you’ll feel better about your chosen treatment plan if you have this second opinion.
What Are Some of the Best Procedures to Get a Second Opinion On?
Although you can receive a second opinion before undergoing any type of procedure, there are several that it’s a good idea to see a second dentist about. They include braces, root canals, and implants, as well as any treatments that are fairly complicated. Before you spend a lot of money on a costly procedure that may or may not be needed, you should get that second opinion.
Does My Dental Insurance Cover This Additional Consultation?
The answer to this question depends on your dental plan. Some provide this coverage, while others don’t. It all depends on whether or not you have a closed-network plan or a PPO plan. The former plan, the closed-network one, only covers any procedures or services that are done by your primary care dentist. The latter will require you to see a dentist who is in-network for the additional consultation but might cover the exam.
It’s best to contact your health insurance company before you make that appointment in order to see what their level of coverage is. From there, you can decide how to proceed.
What’s The Best Way to Find This Other Dentist?
The first step involves checking with your insurance company to see which ones are covered by your health plan if this is a feasible option. After this, asking for recommendations from your family members or friends is a good idea. Online reviews may help as well.
When I Go See the Second Dentist, What Do I Need to Bring to the Appointment?
There are several things that you’ll need, the most important of which is a set of x-rays, as well as a copy of your dental records. This will help the dentist with their evaluation.
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