If you’ve recently been told you need some dental work done, you may wonder if you can get a second opinion. Thankfully, it’s normal and possible for you to get a second opinion on a dental decision, though it may take finding a new dentist to visit. Choosing a dentist for a second opinion on your dental treatment may take some time, but it can be worth the effort to find out if you have other options when it comes to treatment. 

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Finding a Secondary Dentist

In most cases, you likely don’t want to get a second opinion from a dentist in the same practice as your normal dentist. While you can go this route, they’d likely agree with your primary dentist and need to be able to give you an unbiased opinion. Instead, it would help if you looked for a secondary dentist with good reviews. You want to find a dentist with good credentials, as well as an online presence, so that you can check the reviews. This not only allows you to find a dentist that will work for you but also allows you to get an unbiased second opinion.

Checking online reviews can be a great place to start when looking for a dentist. Not only do online reviews give you a good idea of the patient experience at a dental office, but they can also be part of your online search for the dental office. Please pay special attention to reviews that either discuss the procedures at the practice or the general satisfaction with their treatment. You can also discuss dental options with friends and family to find a dentist that works for you.

Asking for a Second Opinion

When you’re looking for a second opinion on your dental treatment, bring all information about your dental problem to your new dentist. You can ask your dental office for records about your past treatments and their recommended treatment options going forward. This allows any dentist you approach for a second opinion to see the reasons your original dentist suggested the treatment options they did. Be open about why you’re looking for a second opinion, whether because you would like a different treatment option or have price concerns. These can impact the kind of second opinion you’re given. 

Be sure to ask your dentist for clarification on why they suggested the treatment they did, as this can not only clear up why you need said treatment but also give your second opinion dentist something to work off of when assessing the current dental issue. While you may be tempted to visit several dentists to get your desired opinion, if you see a secondary dentist who agrees with the first opinion, it may be the best option. 

If you’re looking for a new dentist or want a second opinion on a dental treatment option, contact Southbridge Dentistry at (303) 798-4967. Our team would be happy to help you set up an appointment and review the different treatment options available. We look forward to hearing from you.