Unnecessary Dental Procedures
Several studies and undercover reports find that some dentists are under pressure to perform unnecessary dental procedures. This type of behavior puts profits over patient safety.
Putting Profits Over Patients
There is a fast-growing industry of corporate dental practices. These practices aren’t owned by dentists. A report from PBS highlights the predatory nature of these corporate-owned companies.
But, corporate-owned dental offices aren’t the only places pushing unnecessary procedures. Some private practices also take advantage of their patient’s trust. How can you avoid unnecessary dental procedures?
How To Avoid Unnecessary Dental Procedures
Find A Dentist You Trust
The best way to avoid unnecessary dental procedures is to find a dentist you can trust.
Get Regular Checkups
Regular cleanings and checkups can find potential problems early. Big dental problems start as small dental problems. Regular visits can help your dentist find small problems before they get bigger.
Know The Red Flags
Know that you are in control. If you feel pressured, this should be a red flag. If your dentist asks you to pay for procedures before you receive them, this is also a red flag.
Get A Second Opinion
If your dentist recommends an expensive procedure, get a second opinion. Or, ask about alternative ways to fix or treat your teeth. Not every expensive procedure is unnecessary, but your dentist might have other options.
Don’t wait until it’s an emergency to find a dentist. Trying to find a dentist while your mouth is in severe pain is not a good idea. Your regular dentist might not be able to help you during an emergency. In this situation, ask your dentist for referrals to another dentist that can help.
Reporting Unnecessary Dental Procedures
How do you report a complaint against a dentist or dental practice? The Pennsylvania Dental Association recommends talking to the dentist first. Many times, a discussion with the dentist can help set things right. But if the dentist won’t talk, you should file a complaint.
When To Talk To A Lawyer
If you have had unnecessary dental procedures, talk to an attorney. An experienced attorney can help explain your options under the law.
It’s important to remember that malpractice lawsuits have a time limit. This time limit is called the statute of limitations.
Dental Malpractice Lawsuits
Lawsuits for dental malpractice are difficult to pursue. There is a high burden of proof and legal costs for plaintiffs. Additionally, a successful dental malpractice case doesn’t compensate the same way as medical malpractice.
Dental Malpractice Law Firm in Lancaster, PA
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