Seek a Second Opinion
From Arlington Dentist Dr. Alana Macalik
If you have an oral health problem, it’s important to get the work done as soon as possible to prevent further deterioration or issues from developing. However, if you have concerns or doubts about the dental procedures in your future, there is time to get a second opinion about whether the recommendations you’ve received are best for your oral health. Dr. Alana Macalik is always prepared to welcome new patients and provide a second opinion and diagnosis, whether for restorative dentistry or cosmetic dentistry.
When Should You Get a Second Opinion from a Dentist?
Every dental procedure recommended by your dentist does not require a second opinion. If you have a cavity, you need it to be repaired and filled and most dentists will agree with this diagnosis. If you’re facing more invasive and lengthy procedures, however – like a root canal versus a tooth extraction – you would benefit from getting a few professional opinions.
When you have any of the following questions, seek a second opinion to get them answered:
Do I really need this dental work?
If you feel like the recommendations your dentist has made are over the top, go with your gut and find out if another dentist feels the same way. Likewise, if you think you need a dental intervention but your dentist is not concerned, a second opinion can give you peace of mind.
Is this the right dentist to perform this procedure?
Some dentists have extensive experience or specialize in certain dental procedures, like replacing missing teeth or placing porcelain veneers. Don’t hesitate to seek a second opinion from a dentist who specializes in the procedure that another dentist has recommended. You can still like and trust your original dentist but consult a different dental professional about the work you need or want to have completed. All dentists are dedicated to taking care of your oral health, but they don’t all have the same beliefs about what is right for every dental situation.
Is this really what the dental procedure costs?
Don’t look for a dental bargain. Sometimes the price tag can hurt, but cost should never be the deciding factor when it comes to caring for your oral health. Take into consideration all the things you’re being charged for, your location, and the dentist’s experience. Always ask for a detailed cost breakdown so you can compare.
Questions to Ask the Dentist
During Your Appointment for a Second Opinion
When you seek a second opinion from a dentist, explain what your dental problem is and what concerns you have about your oral health. A brief examination will likely be necessary for diagnosis. If possible, provide x-rays for the second dentist to refer to. Once you have received your second opinion, reveal what your other dentist has advised and discuss and compare your options.
Some of the questions you may want to ask during your second opinion:
- Do you agree with my dentist’s original diagnosis and treatment plan?
- What are all the treatment options for my dental problem?
- What does each dental procedure cost?
- How long will the results of my treatment last?
- Will I need more dental work in the future?
- What will happen if I don’t take care of this oral health problem?
- Can I have one procedure done at your dental office and return to my regular dentist for other dental work?
- Does the dental work need to be completed right away?
You’ll know you’re getting a reliable, honest second opinion when your dentist tells you the facts and does not make any effort to turn you against your existing dentist. Be wary of any dentist who is putting pressure on you to have a procedure or who is simply telling you what you want to hear.
Arlington Dentist Offers Second Opinion
Dental procedures are a big deal. If you have been given a treatment plan from another dentist that seems excessive, costly, or unnecessary, you are understandably waffling about whether to get the work done at all. It’s OK to have doubts. The best way to be comfortable about the dental work that’s ahead is to get a second opinion.
Dr. Macalik may agree completely with your dentist’s initial recommendations. She may have a different viewpoint about your dental health and suggest more appropriate treatments. Ultimately, your dentist’s job is to help you realize the importance of prioritizing your teeth and gums. Seeking a second opinion means you already take your oral health seriously, and you want to move quickly to get your dental work done when you have tooth or mouth pain.
Schedule your appointment with Dr. Alana Macalik at her Arlington, TX, dental office to get your second opinion, and get on track to a healthy, beautiful smile.