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How can I go for a second consult with a dental specialist without the first one knowing and making contact? This is not as simple as it sounds.(?)

How can I go for a second consult with a dental specialist without the first one knowing and making contact? This is not as simple as it sounds.(?)

Simple: Just request that the 2nd opinion specialist does not discuss your visit with the first one. This is your right if you choose to exercise it. The Dentist is bound by HIPPA to keep your information private unless you authorize it released in writing. I do this frequently for patients. Get the 2nd opinion. Others go out of town or state - a lot of trouble. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I have a gumboil. Which dental specialist should I call?

I have a gumboil. Which dental specialist should I call?

General dentist: Best thing to do is to see a general dentist as soon as possible and he or she can evualate what is causing the swelling and if he or she can treat it or if you need to be referred to a specialist. ...Read more

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None of my dental specialists in south Florida will see a patient that has piercing pain as an emergency to include Friday thru Sunday. What do I do?

None of my dental specialists in south Florida will see a patient that has piercing pain as an emergency to include Friday thru Sunday. What do I do?

GP or Hospital GPR: Try a General Practioner who sees emergencies on an 24 hour basis or try a hospital that has a dental residency program where the dentists getting advanced training will treat you. You may have to travel a little, but the pain relief will be worth the trip. You may also want to call the Florida Dental Association for guidance. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is a customary amount of time to wait on a mailed dental specialist consult report to me? (office may be running it via insurance, as well).

What is a customary amount of time to wait on a mailed dental specialist consult report to me? (office may be running it via insurance, as well).

Call the office &ask: As we don't know the dentist, the insurance company, the reason for the report nor the work load of all involved, we can't give you any reasonably accurate answer. I would guess two weeks to over a month. Your best bet is to call the office and ask them that question. ...Read more

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Why hasn't my dental specialist tested me for bacterial type? Flap surgery to extraction always comes up as only option. Can testing really help?

Surgery: In determining the treatment recommendations bacterial culturing can be of help but we are limited in type specific treatments available. The overall treatment plan covers a understanding of patient medical history , habits, previous outcomes and establishing a health profile. An experienced provider then recommends the best proven long term treatment. ...Read more

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Which type of dental specialists would be able to diagnose the need, or not, for an upper molar sinus lift?

Which type of dental specialists would be able to diagnose the need, or not, for an upper molar sinus lift?

General dentist,: Oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, prosthodontist are dental specialties that are placing dental implants. These specialists are placing dental implants and have the expertise to diagnose sinus lift procedure according to cone beam ct. ...Read more

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