Have you ever left a dentist’s office thinking, is this dental treatment necessary? Let’s face it, like any other profession, dentistry has its bad apples. While a lot of professionals strive to provide quality services, others are known for over-treatment and unnecessary treatments. The following are some of the reasons why a doctor would recommend unnecessary or aggressive treatments to patients:
Is this dental procedure necessary?
To make a quick buck
Some dentists believe aggressive treatments are the best course of action
Other dentists are influenced to meet the standards set by photoshopped beauty, and they strive to reach such ideals in their practice
Some dental plans and insurance schemes make these aggressive or unnecessary treatments very desirable to a dentist
How do you avoid unnecessary treatments?
Most patients do not have the training to determine whether the dentist’s recommendation is necessary. So how do you make sure you do not pay for unnecessary treatments?
The first thing to remember is that this is your health and your mouth. The dentist only acts as an advisor, but you are the one who has to make the final decision. To ensure you are getting the right treatment, ask your dentist the following questions:
Why are you suggesting this specific treatment?
What does this treatment entail and how does it work?
What are the potential consequences of not having this treatment?
What other alternatives exist?
What are the advantages and disadvantages of the different treatment options available?
As a dentist, what treatment would you choose for yourself if this was your mouth?
Stay away from any dentist who tries to upsell a particular procedure and does not answer your questions. A good dentist should give you exhaustive information on a procedure in a language you can understand. He/she should also be willing to let you seek a second opinion if you are uncomfortable with his/her diagnosis.
If the procedure is not an emergency, you can take some time to think about it and do your own research on its advantages before deciding if it is necessary for your condition.
Tips to help you avoid unnecessary treatments
1. Find a good dentist
A trustworthy dentist is less likely to recommend unnecessary treatments just to make more money. Word of mouth is the easiest way to find good dentists. If the dental professional has a website, go through it to understand his/her treatment philosophy. Look out for words such as ‘preventive’ and ‘preventative,’ as they are a good sign that he does not usually recommend unnecessary and aggressive procedures.
A lot of dentists usually recommend complicated cases to a specialist. Therefore, if you are searching for a good dentist, talk to the specialists first. Tell them that you are new to the area and you want them to recommend a good dentist they trust.
2. Ask questions
If you are in doubt about a procedure, ask as many questions as possible. If you are not squeamish, you can ask him to use x-rays, mirrors, or even an intraoral camera to show you what is really going on inside your mouth.
3. Get a second opinion
If you are not comfortable with an aggressive procedure, seek a second opinion. As a patient, you have the right to refuse treatment if you do not like the dentist’s recommendation.
Call us for more information
Sometimes, a dentist’s diagnosis can be subjective depending on his/her training, treatment philosophies, or experience. There are dentists who treat aggressively because they think it is better. However, some are trying to burn a hole in your bank account while lining their wallet.
Always ask questions and ensure you understand what the reason behind the procedure is to avoid unnecessary dental treatments.
Call (772) 778-0954 to schedule an appointment with Art of Smiles – Norman D. Knowles, D.M.D. in our Vero Beach dental office.
Regardless of how well you take care of your teeth, tooth injuries are bound to occur from time to time. Your teeth are one of the strongest parts of the body, but they are also …
For people who have problems with their teeth or their smile, new smile dentistry can seem like magic and cosmetic dentists are magicians. Dentists can use their skills and current dental technology to transform crooked, …
Wanting to learn some cavity-fighting tips so you can help your child brush their teeth better? While it can be more difficult for children to thoroughly clean all of their teeth, it is definitely not …
If you are looking for an affordable and tasty way to clean your mouth, consider sugar-free gum. Sugar-free gum can be good for dental health, though some types are better than others. Here is a …