Second opinions aren’t uncommon in the healthcare industry. If one healthcare professional told you that you needed an invasive and expensive surgery, wouldn’t you feel better if you had a second opinion to confirm your diagnosis and treatment suggestions before moving forward? Getting a second opinion will help you feel more secure about your decision and almost might bring to light a treatment option you didn’t know about. Don’t worry about offending your dentist if you want a second opinion first – it’s a normal routine of medical practice.
The Value of a Second Opinion
Many people believe that second opinions are only necessary for a diagnosis. This is not true. Second opinions bring much value even if they don’t change your initial diagnosis because:
- A confirmed diagnosis and treatment plan can help you feel more committed to your treatment which will improve results.
- Your second opinion dentist might explain your condition or treatment differently which can give you more information or help you understand it better.
- Your second opinion might offer a different treatment plan you find more appealing.
Even if your second opinion gives you the same diagnosis and treatment plan as your initial diagnosis, you will have a better understanding of allowing you to commit more.
When to Get a Second Opinion
Some dentists may recommend a treatment that you don’t actually need. Like dental implants when a root canal could suffice. They also might recommend a treatment that is not best for you like an inlay when a dental crown would benefit your teeth more. A second opinion is always a good way to ensure you receive the best treatment possible for long-term results.
If you’re looking for a second opinion from an experienced dentist, Dr. Polley is happy to help. Please contact our Summerlin dentist office at (702) 873-0324 or email our dental office to schedule a consultation.