Why getting a second (third or fourth) dental opinion isn’t a bad idea, and I am a dentist.
I’ve been a dentist for over 45 years. I’ve seen the good, bad and ugly side of dentistry. I’ll be the first to come clean and say that it’s not typical for dentists to bash other dentists; and so, don’t expect any of that to be happening here. We never really know the circumstances and all the facts of a case.
This post suggests that if you’re not sure, get a second, third or even fourth opinion. It’s your body, and you shouldn’t feel pressured into treatment, especially if you’re not in pain.
How does someone who knows nothing about dentistry know if they need a root canal? The truth is, they don’t. They can trust what the dentist is saying, or they can get a second (or third) opinion. Sure these things take time, but I remain confident it will prove to be worthwhile.
I would recommend doing the same if you need to find a new dentist, due to a relocation or faced by a dentist that’s retiring. Visit a few; you’ll get a feel for the office vibe, staff chemistry and most importantly a feeling for the dentist.
I’ve been the second opinion professional. In some cases, I was the third opinion. But what I’ve come to find, if you have nothing to hide, the patient can get as many opinions as they’d like.
In my office, the patient gets a thorough exam and receives all the information needed to make a decision.
As a dentist, I encourage you to seek out second opinions. Ask your friends and family about their dentist. If you’re not in an extraordinary amount of pain, go ahead; get a second opinion and a third if your gut is telling you something isn’t right. Chances are, you’re onto something.
And if you’d like to get in touch with my office, we’d be more than happy to make your appointment. You can expect a thorough exam, and right after that, we will explore your options. In the end, you’ll find all the information you need to make a confident decision or get another opinion, right? Contact Dr. David E. Parker at his Smithtown dental office for a second opinion (631) 724-0455.