The Value Of A Second Opinion
When your dentist recommends a major procedure or expensive dental treatment, it’s important to consider seeking a second opinion from another competent dentist to make an informed decision. You shouldn’t make such crucial decisions without knowing all your available options – and the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment option.
As part of Magnolia Dentistry’s commitment to offering the best dental care to our patients, we value second-opinion appointments. They allow our professional staff to empower patients by helping them become fully informed of their care options.
When Should You Get A Second Opinion?
Unless you’re experiencing a dental emergency, it can be reassuring to seek a second opinion from another competent dentist for any of the following reasons:
- Your diagnosis is unclear
- Your treatment options are unclear
- You feel pressured to make a quick, uninformed decision
- The recommended treatment sounds risky, controversial, or experimental
- Your treatment results are not as expected or promised
- You have lost confidence
- Your dental plan requires a second opinion
Where Should You Start?
If you desire a second opinion, it’s a good rule to seek advice from a dentist with at least the same level or greater experience as your current dentist.
Next, contact our office and speak to one of our team members. They will discuss your desires with Dr. Refai and schedule an appointment if necessary.
What Should You Tell Your Current Dentist?
You are not obligated to inform your current dentist that you’re seeking a second opinion. However, most dentists will acknowledge their patients’ right to one.
If you’ve had dental work performed already, be sure to ask for your x-rays and records to share with Dr. Refai. This information will help her understand your circumstances during your first visit. She will complete a new exam and may also order new x-rays for her comprehensive evaluation.