3 Must-Dos Before You Get a Second Opinion

May 03, 2016

An unconventional outfit choice. A serious diagnosis like oral cancer. Repeat dental work to fix the same problem. High treatment costs. They're all examples of when you may want a second opinion.

When it comes to the health of your smile, you’re entitled to the best dental care possible.

Here are 3 tips to help when your unsure about a dental procedure and are considering a second opinion:

1. Contact your dental benefits company.

Contact your dental benefits company before you schedule your second appointment. Plan designs vary so be sure to ask if the second appointment is covered by your plan. Also, ask them what you might expect from your second appointment.

2. Ask your dentist for recommendations.

Your dentist may not be the best judge of your outfit selection, but they're a great resource for dental recommendations. If you have a complex dental problem, they may recommend a dental specialist over another general practitioner.

Pro-tip: Be sure their recommended dentist participates in your plan's network. This helps alleviate unexpected out-of-pocket costs for treatment.

3. Request a predetermination of benefits.

If cost is a concern, get an out-of-pocket cost estimate by asking your dentist to submit a predetermination of benefits. Once submitted, you'll receive a detailed out-of-pocket cost estimate based on your dentist's specific treatment plan.

When it comes to your oral and overall health, you have the right to seek a second opinion. We're happy to help with that process. Give us a call if you have any questions.

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