Should I Get a Second Opinion on Dental Implants?

Should I Get a Second Opinion on Dental Implants?

Dental implants are the most durable and longest lasting tooth replacement options available. They look, feel, and function like natural teeth, allowing you to eat the foods you want and talk and smile without worry or discomfort. Implants are also the only tooth replacement option that replaces the whole tooth, including the root, so they aid in jawbone health as well. The cost of dental implants, however, is on the pricier side, and it’s not always covered by insurance. The procedure also requires significant healing time, so getting dental implants is an investment of both time and money.


If you’re unsure about whether or not dental implants are the right course of treatment, or if you’re concerned about the cost, you have the right to get a second opinion. Another dentist may have a different perspective on your condition, recommend different treatment options, or just make you more comfortable. Getting a second opinion can help ease your mind and give you the confidence to move forward with your dental work—or not.


When to get a second opinion for dental work

Dental work can be intimidating even when you feel confident about the procedure and the dentist. But if you’re unsure about the dentist’s qualifications, or if you’re not convinced that it’s the right treatment plan, these worries will only exacerbate your anxiety in the dentist’s chair.  In general, those who choose to get a second opinion do so prior to committing to major work, such as implants or gum surgery, rather than minor cavities or cleanings. You may want a second opinion if:

  • You have already undergone treatment with this dentist but it’s not working
  • Your dental treatment carries significant risks
  • Your dental treatment is extensive or costly
  • You have concerns about your dentist’s qualifications
  • You have a gut feeling that something doesn’t feel right

Whatever reason you’re choosing to have a second opinion, it’s important to contact your insurance provider to inquire about whether or not the visit with the second dentist will be covered under your insurance plan.


Does dental insurance cover second opinions?

All dental insurance companies have different policies about coverage for second opinions, and these policies may vary by plan as well. In some cases, they will only cover it under certain conditions, (such as if the provider is in their network). Before you ask for a second opinion, ask your insurance company if they will cover the cost.


How can I find a second dentist?

Getting a second opinion is fairly simple, but it’s important to choose a dentist you trust. The best referrals are usually personal. Start by asking your primary dentist or your family and friends for their recommendations. Your insurance company’s dental directory should be able to provide you with a list of potential dentists for a second opinion if necessary.


How do I prepare for my appointment?

Before your appointment, there are a couple of things you’ll want to do so you can go in prepared.

Obtain your dental records

When you go in for your second opinion, it’s helpful to have your dental records with you. You can obtain these records from your current dentist office. They should include recent x-rays or other imaging. The more information the new dentist has, the better able they’ll be to make a thorough evaluation.


Write down your questions

Some important questions to ask include whether or not the new dentist agrees with the diagnosis, what treatment options they would recommend, and what the cost would be for the different options. You can ask whatever questions you have about your condition, the treatment process, cost, time commitment, or anything at all. It may be helpful to write them down before you go so you don’t forget them once you have the dentist’s attention.


Need a second opinion on dental implants? Come see us!

University Dental is San Diego’s top cosmetic and implant dentistry practice. If you’re seeking a second opinion on dental implants or any other dental work, we can help. Dr. Hage is committed to patient education, comfort, and satisfaction. He has the knowledge and expertise to make a thorough evaluation and help you make an informed decision about your dental care. Give us a call to make an appointment with Dr. Hage today.