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A 59-year-old male asked:

most times i see the periodontist, he pulls my tooth. can i ask for him to give me the name of someone as a 2nd opinion? bad idea or not?

7 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maritza Baez
Family Medicine 17 years experience
Second opinion: It is your right as a patient to go for a second opinion. If he won't give you a name of another dr, you can do n online search to find a new dr.
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Best to get an independent second opinion via your genreral dentist or better still from a new general dentist recommended by a reliable friend or a 5 star dentist on "Healthgrades.com" or Yelp
Jun 22, 2013
Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Exellent idea: Recommend my patients both 4 treatments advised by me or others always to get one if there is any suspicion there might be other or better treatment options. Certainly time to get 2nd opinion if first dr is upset or annoyed about your suggesting or seeking 2nd opinion. Your periodontist might not be best person to recommend 2nd opinion, might be best find respected opinion independently.
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
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General Dentist: Appraise your dentist about your concerns! isn't hat the person who referred you to the periodontist? Hear what they have to say . Ask them for another referral for the second opint be open minded because your periodontist may be correct. A second opinion is always warranted if you have concerns.
Dr. Matthew Teich
Cosmetic Dentistry 34 years experience
Second opinion: Always a good idea to get a second opinion if your not comfortable. I'm sure your periodontist would be glad to give you a referral or try networking with dome of your friends to get an unbiased opinion.
Dr. Alvis Burris
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
General dentist: You should not be seeing a periodontist for routine treatment. A periodontist is not a restorative dentist. Your general dentist is the person who coordinate all treatment.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Rationale: Do not anyone extract your teeth or do other treatment without explaining their rationale. Get a second opinion if it will make you feel more comfortable with treatment recommendations.
Dr. Jerry Hu
Dr. Jerry Huanswered
Cosmetic Dentistry 23 years experience
Good: Always ask for another opinion if you're not sure about something or don't trust your health care professional, but also, you should give the periodontist a chance to answer any and all questions you have before you make an educated comparison.

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