If a doctor recommended major surgery to someone without any symptoms, most people would seek a second opinion. However, many patients accept their dentists’ diagnoses without question. In some cases, this can be a serious – and costly – mistake. An inexperienced or dishonest dentist may recommend unnecessary treatment. In other cases, patients may continue to have problems despite their regular dentist’s treatment efforts.
If you feel that your dental diagnosis is questionable, or if your current dentist has not been able to treat your dental problems effectively, Dr. Eshom can provide a second opinion. Call (858) 455-9151 now to schedule. The doctor will discuss all your options with you. Then he will help you determine which treatments are truly in your best interests.
When Should You Get a Second Opinion?
There are a number of situations in which it may behoove you to seek a second opinion. These include:
- Your dentist says you have extensive decay or infection, despite your lack of symptoms.
- You receive a serious diagnosis, such as oral cancer.
- You feel that your dentist is pressuring you into undergoing treatment.
- You worry that your dentist does not have the necessary experience to treat your condition.
- Your dentist has tried to treat your problem without success.
- You feel that your dentist uses more aggressive techniques than necessary.
In some cases, your dentist may actually suggest that you seek a second opinion. This is typically a sign of an honest practitioner who wants you to make a fully informed decision about your care.
Why Is a Second Opinion a Good Idea?
If you do not feel confident about your dental diagnosis, it is never a bad idea to get a second opinion. An additional consultation can give you peace of mind. Sometimes, it could also save you a significant amount of money. Sadly, some unscrupulous dentists may recommend expensive treatment that you do not need. Even if he or she refers you to a specialist, there could still be underhanded activity going on. Some oral surgeons and other specialists will pay kickbacks to a referring dentist.
Finally, a second dental opinion could have important benefits for your oral health. Unnecessary treatment can have lasting repercussions for your oral wellness. For example, following extraction, you will need a restorative treatment to repair your smile. Additionally, your jawbone will begin to recede unless you receive dental implants. With a second opinion, you may be able to find a dentist who uses more conservative techniques, saving more of your natural tooth structure.
Where Should You Go for a Second Opinion?
When you get a second opinion, you want to visit a dentist in whom you have absolute confidence. There are several reasons that Dr. Eshom is an outstanding choice for your second opinion.
- Experience: Eshom has over 20 years of experience in cosmetic dentistry, and he offers a wide range of dental procedures.
- Training: Eshom received his doctorate in dental surgery from the University of the Pacific School of Dentistry. He has also undergone over 1,500 hours of continuing education through the California Dental Association.
- Advanced technology: Our practice uses the latest technology to provide gentler, more conservative care. Our tools include digital x-rays, digital cosmetic imaging, and lasers. Dr. Eshom is an international lecturer on the subject of laser cosmetic dentistry.
- Compassionate care: Eshom is committed to personalized treatment with his patients’ best interests in mind.
What to Expect When You Get a Second Dental Opinion with Dr. Eshom
When you come to our office for a second opinion, Dr. Eshom will provide a thorough half-hour consultation. Priced at just $49, there is nothing holding you back from feeling completely confident about your care. During your consultation, Dr. Eshom will examine your teeth and past x-rays. He will also take pictures of your teeth. Then he will provide his own diagnosis and explain your treatment options. He will outline each procedure in detail, including the pros and cons, estimated cost, and approximate timeline. Then he will help you select the treatment that is most appropriate for your health and budget.
There is no obligation when you receive a second opinion from Dr. Eshom. If your regular dentist was correct in his or her evaluation, you are free to return there for care. You are also welcome to choose another practitioner in whom you feel completely confident.