Second Opinions | Confirming the Ideal Treatment Plan

Prosthodontic restoration

This patient had several crowns just done in another office that were opaque and un-natural. Some of the new crowns already had recession and the dark metal was showing at the gumlines. After getting many second opinions, a periodontal dental specialist referred this Chicago resident to us.

Do you have complex dental issues that require extensive work? If so, it may benefit you to seek a second opinion before beginning treatment. Dr. James Fondriest, offers dental second opinion consultations at our Chicago area practice. If you are unsure about your proposed treatment, or simply want to hear another perspective, seeking a second opinion is your right. Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States. The majority of his new patients come from active and ongoing relationships with other dental practitioners that for some reason were unable to satisfy their patient client.

When to Seek Dental Second Opinions

There are several reasons why individuals may wish to seek a second opinion from a dentist. It is important to consider this option if you:

  • Are curious if there are other treatment options available
  • Have received dental work that did not address your problem
  • Feel that your current dentist is not qualified to treat your particular issue
  • Do not have good rapport with your current dental provider

I don’t like the results of my previous treatment. Now what?

Today, there is no reason to put up with an unattractive smile. There is a treatment solution for every cosmetic problem. Here are the most common causes of poor aesthetic outcomes in dentistry:

  • Few general dentists have advanced training in cosmetics or prosthodontics. Cosmetic dentistry is not taught in most American dental schools.
  • Poor or inadequate treatment planning
  • Failure to seek support (consultations or treatment help) from other specialists such as plastic surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons
  • Invasive, abusive, or inept clinical technique
  • Failure of the restoring dentist to partner with a ceramic laboratory artist with the skills required to create these specialized cosmetic restorations

Dr. Fondriest often acts as a consultant or as a referral destination for many general and cosmetic dentists – especially when their patients are planning large restorative procedures such as dental implants, porcelain veneers, or artistic smile design.

To get a second opinion patients may either be referred by their current dentist or come to our office on their own. This can be for a quick consultation or for a full and complete work-up and treatment assessment.

Dental second opinions

This patient had very healthy teeth but had old dentistry that was uneven, unplanned, and varied in its appearance. She wanted a clean, uniform, and natural smile. Treatment choices were complicated by a tooth grinding habit at night. She helped us create something that matched her goals.

Understanding cosmetic dentistry and why second opinions are common

Cosmetic dentistry is an array of dental treatments that create a positive change to teeth and smile.  If your teeth are discolored, stained, chipped, broken, worn, misaligned, gapped, or have another type of ailment, cosmetic dentistry can improve the appearance of your smile, without compromising your health and wellness. Cosmetic dentists work with you, as they listen to your desires and goals and create a treatment that best suits your needs and desires.  Some of the most popular cosmetic dental procedures include:

Cosmetic dentistry is undoubtedly a vast branch of dentistry that continues to see growth. Dr. Fondriest is a cosmetic dentist whose expertise is highly sought after for his skill set and proficiency.

What is Prosthodontic Dentistry?

Prosthetic dentistry is the area of dentistry that addresses the replacement of missing teeth and related jaw or mouth structures, with quality and durable artificial devices. Doing major dental treatment is not normally done by family dentists and most general dentists. The training required to do reconstructive work or smile makeovers is well beyond what your corner dentist can do. Some of the most common devices used in prosthodontic dentistry include:

A prosthodontist has at least three years of extended training in several branches of restorative dentistry. Also they receive training in the technological and technical aspects of laboratory manufacturing of dental prosthetics. Prosthodontists are also excellent sources for good second opinions.

What is General Dentistry?

General dentistry is the branch of dentistry that diagnoses, treats, and manages overall oral health. General dentistry also provides comprehensive dental examinations, dental cleanings, and preventive education to patients regarding their teeth, gums and oral health. Some dental procedures are performed within the realm of general dentistry which include:

  • Preventative maintenance
  • Dental fillings
  • Overall supervision of dental health including referrals for specialized care

Consider a second opinion with a cosmetic expert

Our practice specializes in general, cosmetic,and prosthodontic dental treatments that provide long-lasting results, and ensure the overall oral health of each patient. Utilizing the most innovative techniques, high-quality materials, and the most ground-breaking methods, we provide comprehensive and quality dental care in one welcoming environment.

Whether you have been referred to our office, are seeking a dentist, or have decided upon a procedure to enhance your smile, we look forward to hearing from you. Dr. Fondriest invests in building quality relationships while providing unparalleled dental services and treatments to all patients. We are eager to help you with all aspects of your dental care. Contact us today at 847-234-0517.

Dr Fondriest is a Nationally recognized and highly sought after cosmetic dentist serving clients from throughout the United States