Confirm dental treatment opinion when planning major work

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It’s important to completely understand and confirm your dental treatment opinion

To confirm your dental treatment opinion dental appointments can help in many circumstances. Seeking out the input of an expert in cosmetic dental work can help you develop a clearer picture of how you can enjoy remarkable smile improvements. You can also seek another qualified perspective if there is some uncertainty on how to proceed to address a situation. Our office is proud to serve as a referral destination for patients looking to learn more about how they can make the most improvements to their smile. We offer an artistic approach to smile design, one that aims to make the most valuable possible improvements to how you look.

It’s important that you understand exactly what dental treatment you’re receiving and why it’s necessary. If the condition of your mouth confuses you, or your dentist confuses you, then Dr. Fondriest recommends seeking a second opinion to clear things up. There are ways to prepare for your dental visit to make it more valuable to you.

Why Should I Confirm My Dental Treatment Opinion?

All dentists have different backgrounds, training, and perspectives on oral health. Your current dentist knows your oral health history, but sometimes it helps to have a new set of eyes examine your mouth and assess your health. You can compare the two opinions to make a more informed decision about your treatment. You should consider seeking a second opinion if:

  • The dentist is new to you
  • You’re unsure if the procedure is necessary
  • You don’t understand your diagnosis
  • You have a major problem, like oral cancer
  • Your current dentist is not fixing your problem
  • Often a second opinion can help alleviate any dental anxiety that you may have.
  • You don’t think your current dentist is qualified to treat the problem
  • You need to see a specialist, like a periodontist or oral surgeon


A second opinion can give you reassurance about your condition, and give you more treatment options to choose from. If the second opinion is different than the first diagnosis, and you’re still confused, you could even consider getting a third opinion to help balance your options. You shouldn’t commit to any major decisions about your oral health until you’re confident and comfortable with the care and information you have received.

Who Can I Trust to Confirm My Dental Treatment Recommendations?

You want to find a dentist who won’t recommend a dental treatment that is not absolutely necessary. You shouldn’t be afraid or ashamed to tell your dentist you want a second opinion. Many dentists have colleagues in the industry that they trust sending patients to. Probably the best source of a recommendation is to ask a dental specialist what restorative dentist is the best in the area.  The specialists get a chance to see every general dentist/ cosmetic dentist / or restorative dentist’s dental work and they have the best read on who makes the best treatment decisions. If you’re uncomfortable asking your dentist, you can ask trusted friends and family members to recommend a dental specialist.

Receive Expert Input From A Practice With A Deep Knowledge Of Advanced Dental Work

Expert input for something like cosmetic work can be a great resource for many patients. These visits can be recommended if your normal dentist is less familiar with cosmetic procedures. Perhaps your dentist has less access to necessary support such as the best specialists or a highly qualified dental ceramist. A specialist’s recommended plan for smile improvement can help you see a clear path to a real esthetic transformation.

With The Right Planning, You Can See Dramatic Improvements Made To Your Smile

Cosmetic improvement can be as straightforward as simply making your smile whiter. However, combining several cosmetic in just the right amounts can do significantly more to change your appearance. An artistic approach to treating your smile can involve addressing the condition of teeth, or their size. Your dentist may even see a need to concentrate efforts on the area around your teeth. To capture the deepest understanding of how to make improvements, your dentist can make a detailed assessment of your smile, and the many different factors that can its quality.


Dr. Fondriest acts as a consultant or referral destination for many other general and cosmetic dentists. If you’re considering large restorative procedures or cosmetic enhancements, feel free to discuss your concerns and options with Dr. Fondriest. We will give you a full assessment and discuss all your treatment options.

Contact Dr. Fondriest at (847) 234-0517 to schedule a first or second opinion consultation. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago and the surrounding communities.