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A 59-year-old male asked:

who is my periodontist's periodontist? maybe a match to insurance plan! how to ask the #? (asking friends, etc., goes nowhere).

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Van der Werff
Dentistry 39 years experience
Ask: You might ask other specialists in your area. For example an oral surgeon or endodontist may know a good periodontist. Or make a few phone calls of different dental offices and ask them. If you make enough calls you should keep hearing the same name again and again... That will probably be a good choice.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
A suggestion: Your periodontist may not see a periodontist for his\her care. Relying on finding a periodontist only because they are on your insurance plan limits your choices and if you want the best care, you may have to expand your choices. The only real good way to find a dentist is by referrals. Try other health care professionals that you use. Both doctors and nurses usually know who is good.
Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 33 years experience
Insurance or FFS?: Which is more important to you someone who is under your plan or your choice of any doctor (ffs = fee for service)?Under dental plans a doctor has the option of taking a reduced fee for the same service. Some doctor providers accept the fees, while others may not. You may or may not find the periodonist's periodontist in your network for this reason.Good luck.

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