A 40-year-old member asked:
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is it possible for a dental office to submit an authorization request for a partial denture without an exam?

5 doctor answers
Dr. Mark Venincasa
35 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
Not recommended...: While it is possible for this to happen, a prudent dentist would not want any part of this. Through an exam a dentist can determine if the teeth can support a partial denture and can assure there is no sign of disease or cancer that may affect the overall treatment plan, among other things...
Answered on Nov 14, 2012
Dr. Arman Dayan
33 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
No: Without an exam and xrays it would not be possible.
Answered on Dec 7, 2012
Dr. Robert Tupac
Specializes in Prosthodontics
No: You must be examined properly--clinically and radiographically, before a partial denture request is submitted.
Answered on Nov 9, 2014
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Dr. Lawrence Marks
35 years experience Prosthodontics
NO : It is necessary and legally required that a patient be examined before a diagnosis and treatment plan can be made.
Answered on May 9, 2014
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
42 years experience Periodontics
Ethical issue: It is definitely an legal and ethical issue. A dentist cannot submit an preauthorization for someone who is not a patient of record in most jurisdictions.
Answered on Jun 12, 2013

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