When do you know it is time for a second opinion when you visit the dentist?
1. Your dental office doesn’t take a full medical history when getting to know you. Better yet, does your dentist read it? On the flip side, if your dentist doesn’t know about any of your underlying problems, he or she will just be spinning his wheels and performing unsuccessful treatments. So fill out those Health and Wellness forms and make sure you can communicate easily with your dentist.
2. Your dental office believes you need to replace all your silver fillings with white ones. While there are some theories that the mercury content in silver fillings can be harmful to your health, none of them has been proven to be true. As long as you don’t have cavities below your fillings or the fillings aren’t broken or fractured, there is no need to replace them.
3. Your dentist suggests “watching” a tooth until your next visit. Are you watching it get bigger, painful or more expensive?
4. After a visit, you do not understand any problem, consequence or solution that has been brought to your attention. Technical dental speak should not be a barrier between you and your dental team. Clear, easy communication is key to your care.
5. Your bleeding gums are not addressed. Would it be normal to have a bleeding scalp after brushing your hair? It is not normal to have bleeding gums either.
6. Your dentist cringes when you suggest seeking a second opinion! Enough said.