Category: Adult Dentistry, Dr. Advocate's Insight
According to a recent study, 90% of adults have had a cavity before, and 1 in 4 adults currently have an untreated cavity. But when should you seek a second opinion?
As a dentist, I have seen many patients who have questions about their treatment options for cavities. This article will discuss the benefits, risks, and when it may be necessary to get a second opinion on cavities from a dentist’s perspective.
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Getting a second opinion on cavities is an important decision that can significantly impact oral health. Cavities are one of the most common dental problems, and if left untreated, they can lead to more severe issues such as needing a root canal or tooth loss.
I’ve seen countless patients for a second opinion in my clinical practice. Most patients have been cavity-free for years before learning they need a filling from their dentist. This comes as a shock; before treating it, they desire confirmation from another dentist.
While it’s always best to get treatment from your regular dentist, getting a second opinion can help ensure that you’re getting the best care for your teeth. For example, if an unbiased dentist disagrees with the original dentist’s finding, you may not need a filling. Cavities range in severity and are indicated by distinct stages. A cavity localized in the enamel has a chance to “heal,” whereas a cavity that has progressed into the dentin is less likely to heal over time.Recommended Reading: Online Dental Second Opinion (Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Telehealth)
Sometimes, cavities can be misdiagnosed or overlooked. In these cases, a second opinion can provide additional insight and ensure you receive the proper treatment. This can give you peace of mind and ensure your dental health is in good hands.
Seeing another dentist allows for alternative dental procedure options. Different dentists may have different approaches to treating cavities. A second opinion can help you understand the pros and cons of other options and make an informed decision about your care. This can help you choose a treatment plan best suited to your needs, lifestyle and budget.
Some cavities may require specialized treatment, such as hard-to-reach or painful areas. In these cases, a second opinion from another dentist may be indicated. Cavities localized in the enamel can remineralize with prescription-strength toothpaste, fluoride trays and oral hygiene improvements. I’ve seen countless patients remineralize cavities following this protocol.Recommended Reading: 5 Benefits of a Dental Second Opinion (Dentist’s Perspective)
A second opinion can also be beneficial if you have a complex medical history or multiple dental issues. A second opinion can help you understand the relationship between your medical history and dental health and ensure you get the best possible care.
For example, treating periodontal disease should be the priority if you are diagnosed as needing a dental implant but also have periodontal disease (gum disease). In addition, if you failed to seek a second opinion and the implant was placed, harmful bacteria from gum disease can attack the implant site and cause the implant to fail.Recommended Reading: Why Dentists Recommend Different Crown Options & Materials
A second opinion can also be helpful if you are uncomfortable with your dentist or have concerns about their expertise or communication. In addition, a second opinion can provide a fresh perspective and help you find a dentist with whom you feel comfortable and can communicate effectively.
For example, if your dentist doesn’t offer alternative treatment options and you are strapped for cash, a second opinion may provide alternative treatment options for your budget. Cavities are highly preventable and difficult to treat if left unaccounted. Let’s take a closer look at cavity statistics for perspective.
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Cavities are a common dental issue, but seeking a second opinion can provide additional insight and ensure you receive the proper treatment. However, it is important to weigh the benefits and risks and only seek a second opinion when necessary.
As a dentist, I always recommend that my patients communicate openly with me and ask any questions they may have about their treatment options.
The more you know, the more healthy habits you can develop, saving you and your family from avoidable and potentially expensive dental procedures. Talk to your dental professional for more suggestions on improving oral health and check back for more blog posts and relevant information. Please share this site and let us know what else you’d like to know!