You need to fully understand the condition of your mouth to make a well-informed decision about dental treatment. If you don’t feel confident with your diagnosis or the information you have received from a dental professional, we encourage you to discuss your concerns with Dr. Pate and seek a second opinion. There is no insult in seeking a second opinion — in fact, if you’re not comfortable with Dr. Pate’s treatment recommendation, he wants you to get a second opinion!
Benefits of a Second Opinion
A second opinion allows a new dentist to examine your mouth with a fresh perspective. Dentists have different training, backgrounds, philosophies, and techniques, so a new set of expert eyes can provide additional information to help you understand your situation and options. Here are a few advantages that you may receive from your second opinion:
- Further oral health information and explanation
- Alternate treatment options
- A different diagnosis
- Different treatment costs
- Peace of mind
- Cosmetic recommendations
If the second opinion differs from the first opinion, consider seeking a third opinion to help balance your options and make the best decision for your health.