Most of us dentists choose our profession because we desire to do good things for others; so we will have a genuine interest in providing you excellent care. For simple conditions, we will likely recommend the same treatment option. For more complicated problems, it is not unusual that we give you different pieces of advice. That is because we may have diverse training background or because we have seen various mixes of dental problems over our years of experiences. Nevertheless, only if you have confidence in your dentist, should you proceed with the recommended treatments. If you wonder whether you should get a second opinion, then you should get a second opinion.
There are situations you can just directly ask your general dentist for a referral to a specialist. Keep in mind that a specialist often can help with treatments rather than diagnosis. For example, an endodontist (a dentist specialized in root canal treatment) usually does not diagnose that you have a cavity that requires a root canal treatment, but instead, he or she just confirm the diagnosis and then can help treating a problematic canal. If you doubt whether you need the root canal treatment, you should ask a general dentist, not an endodontist.
In contrast, if your teeth are very crooked (you can make the diagnosis yourself -- that your teeth are crooked), then you consult an orthodontist (a dentist that specialize in straightening teeth) that can provide you with the specific diagnosis (various jargons of misaligned bites), but more importantly, treatment options. Keep in mind that before and during the time that you are treated with braces, you need the care a general dentist to ensure that you do not have a cavity. It is more difficult to brush and floss with braces, so you are more at risk to develop a tooth decay. You don’t want straight teeth with cavities that have to be extracted.
From time to time when I was asked to provide a second opinion against other general dentists, I recognize that I may have a different view on early cavities. There were times that I found small cavities that the other dentist did not, and there were times I missed small cavities that the other found. We could have a different opinion on the treatment as well. I would tend to fill the small cavities early before they get larger when another dentist could choose to observe (perhaps until the next year when the insurance would pay for it). On the other hand, I would tend to work harder to avoid a root canal treatments or extractions.
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