If your dentist has told you that you need an expensive, involved, and irreversible treatment, it’s understandable if you’re nervous. The money, sure, that’s one thing. But then there’s the procedure itself. It may be invasive, and like all procedures it has risks. Before you decide on the treatment, you want to make sure it’s the right decision.You want a second opinion.
But you also like your dentist, generally trust his recommendations, and want to keep going to him afterward, no matter what the outcome, so you don’t want to ruin the relationship by asking for a second opinion.
Don’t worry. If your dentist is a true professional, you have no reason to worry that asking for a second opinion could cause problems.
The Role of Second Opinions in Medicine
A second opinion is a routine part of good medicine. Doctors and dentists are used to working in teams, like the way Dr. Rice teams up with Dr. Ravon on dental implant procedures, where there’s a lot of give-and-take. They know that there are a lot of judgment calls in medicine, and having the input of someone else’s judgment can be very helpful to ensure you’re following the recommendations of best practices.
A second opinion in medicine is like having a proofreader or an editor in writing: it’s not a slight to the quality of the original work, it’s a commitment to the quality of the final work. And when that final work is your smile and your health, you certainly want a dentist who’s committed to the highest quality.
How to Get a Second Opinion
The best way to get a second opinion, especially if you have a generally good rapport with your dentist, is just to mention it. You don’t have to go into specifics, just mention that you will feel more comfortable making a decision after you get a second opinion. You can even ask your dentist to recommend someone, although you don’t have to go with that person.
You’ll want to take your treatment plan, along with recent dental x-rays and other supporting material. You’ll need the office’s assistance in doing this, so it’s best if you’ve already talked to the dentist.
Then find the right dentist for your second opinion.
At Rice Dentistry, Dr. Scott Rice is often sought out for his wisdom and experience. He would be very happy to evaluate your treatment plan and give a second opinion. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rice, please contact Rice Dentistry in Irvine, California.