Should You Get a Second Opinion?

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.

Should I Get a Second Opinion?

If you are doing any significant cosmetic dentistry, we suggest that you do your homework and be a good consumer. There are many general dentists that claim proficiency in cosmetics but have examples of cases done. Be sure to ask for photos of recent work that has been done. If they don’t have photos, they aren’t doing high level cosmetics. Photographs are actually used in higher end smile design.

Why Should I Get a Second 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
  • 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 Give Me a Second Opinion?

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.

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.