Lucio H. Kim DDS

Does dental insurance cover second opinions?

When it comes to your smile, only you know when things feel off. If you're not sure about your dentist's assessment, you are absolutely free to get a second opinion from another dental professional.

A second opinion may clear up any concerns and help you feel more confident about your treatment plan. They can also introduce an alternative or perspective. 

Second opinions are beneficial for complex or expensive dental treatments like dental implants, root canals, and orthodontic treatment.

Does Dental Insurance Cover Second Consultations?

Every dental plan is different, and some may not cover a second opinion. Some network plans don't cover services outside of your network or beyond your primary care dentist. Patients covered by a PPO often save more by going in-network.

The best way to determine this is by calling your insurance provider before your dental appointment. The more details you go over, the better you can weigh your current options. For example, your plan may cover a second opinion but not certain diagnostic methods, like extra x-rays. This way, you know if you need to pay for anything out of pocket. 

Finding a Second Opinion Dentist

As advanced as we have become, most human beings prefer recommendations from their friends, family, and co-workers. If they appreciate and respect their dentist, they'll be more than happy to refer them.

Patients can also look for a dentist near me and find online reviews. To determine if Dr. Kim is in-network, give us a call so we can help.

Preparing for Your Evaluation Appointment

Your current dentist should be more than helpful in providing your dental records, along with any current x-rays. This will allow the second dentist to compare and make a valid diagnosis. 

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