Can you give me some tips on getting a good Clear Choice second opinion? I was under the impression that they could help me get the most out of my money for dental implants. I scheduled an appointment and was surprised at the recommendation. I am not missing all of my teeth and I thought saving as many natural teeth was the preferred method. I even mentioned that to the sales rep and dentist, but I felt pressured to get my remaining teeth extracted and replaced with all on 4. They asked me for a deposit and were trying to schedule an appointment for the procedure. It made me uncomfortable and I let them know that. Also I mentioned that when I am making major investments in something, I take time to think about it. All on 4 wasn’t even on my radar so I needed to do some research and get a second opinion. They looked insulted when I mentioned getting a second opinion. I’m wondering if another dentist would recommend pulling my remaining teeth or if I would get different results from a second opinion. How do I find another dentist I can trust? Khalid
Khalid – Your experience with Clear Choice is common. Many people report feeling pressured to schedule an appointment for the procedure even if they are not comfortable with the recommendation. But this tactic increases the probability of patients getting the work done with Clear Choice. If you schedule an appointment and make a deposit, it can make you feel obligated to go through with it.
Whenever major dental work is recommended—from Clear Choice or otherwise—it’s wise to get a second opinion. You’ll get another perspective, additional information, and confirmation on your options. Dental implants should last a lifetime, so you shouldn’t spend the rest of your life wondering if you made the right decision.
A dental specialist might be able to preserve your remaining natural teeth. A prosthodontist specializes in preserving and restoring teeth, as well as in dental implant placement. Find one or two board-certified prosthodontists, and schedule a consultation with each of them. Take a copy of your dental records and digital x-rays with you. The data will be carefully examined before treatment options are recommended.
Don’t mention the recommendation you received from Clear Choice. Just allow each prosthodontist to provide his or her opinion. Compare your options and costs to make an informed decision that you’ll be comfortable with in years to come.
This post is sponsored by Naperville American board-certified prosthodontist and implant dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.