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Do You Need a Referral to See an Oral Surgeon?
Posted on 2/8/2021 by Dr. Michael Allard
Many patients contact our office and ask if they need to have a dentist's referral to see us. While this is not a strict requirement, it does help to have a dentist provide a referral. If you get a referral from a dentist, you will receive a more comprehensive form of treatment, which makes it easier for you to follow up on your oral surgical care.
Receiving Oral Surgical Services
Whether or not a referral is provided, we can assist a patient who needs to have his or her impacted wisdom teeth removed or who needs to have badly decayed teeth extracted. We also assist patients who would like to get implants or have temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD issues. If you do come to our office on your own, you should still contact a regular dentist because we do feel a team approach, in this respect, works much better for everyone concerned. Also, if you get a dental referral first, we can provide our input to your dentist and receive the required medical information via your consent.
Considering the Insurance Coverage
Consider this important facet about getting a dental referral - In some cases, your dental insurance will not cover an oral surgical procedure unless you can show it is medically required. Therefore, you would need a dental referral if this happened. While each policy is different, you still need to read the fine print to see what types of services need a referral. You will often find that you need to seek a consultation with a dentist first before contacting our office for oral surgery services.
What are your oral surgical needs? Be sure you cover all your bases when you need to contact us about an oral maxillofacial service. If you have any questions now, give us a call. We want you to receive the best treatment possible.