The dental office is always a nerve racking place. We go because we want to stay healthy and keep our teeth. It is less nerve racking when you have a good relationship with your doctor and office staff. But what do you do if that relationship and history isn’t there? Do you go forward with proposed treatment on good faith? Are your nerves and gut telling you otherwise?
If communicating with the dentist has not settled your concerns, here are some suggestions for obtaining a second opinion. Put those thoughts of anxiety to rest.
The American Dental Association Principles of Ethics and Code of Professional Conduct state, “A dentist has the ethical obligation on request of either the patient or the patient’s new dentist to furnish, either gratuitously or for nominal cost, such dental records or copies or summaries of them, including dental X-rays or copies of them, as will be beneficial for the future treatment of that patient. This obligation exists whether or not the patient’s account is paid in full.”
I have many patients who are currently correcting their misaligned teeth or are interested in correcting their misaligned teeth. They want straighter teeth for aesthetics mostly, but when teeth are straight, they are easier to keep clean and help optimize facial structure and chewing habits. As a hygienist I completely support orthodontic work for all […]Read More
It’s not unusual for dental patients to need treatment beyond the scope of practice offered by a general dentist. A general dentist does many things but are not typically specialized in oral surgery, periodontics or endodontics (root canals). When a patient needs specialized care, dental offices usually refer the patient to another office for their dental disease. Lately, […]Read More