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Did you get unnecessary dental work done?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2023 | Medical Malpractice

Discovering that your dentist has done unnecessary work on your teeth can be a disheartening experience. Trust is fundamental in a patient-dentist relationship, and a breach of this trust can leave you feeling misled and uncertain about the next steps.

In such situations, it is essential to know your rights and the actions you can take to rectify the situation.

Seek a second opinion

The first thing you should do is get a second opinion from another dentist. A different professional may provide insight into whether the work done was truly unnecessary. Take all your dental records to your appointment to give the new dentist a clear understanding of your dental history.

Communicate with your dentist

If the second opinion confirms that you had unnecessary work done, it is important to communicate your concerns with your original dentist. There may have been a misunderstanding or miscommunication about the treatment plan. It could also be an opportunity for the dentist to explain their reasoning.

File a complaint with the dental board

If the situation does not resolve after talking to your dentist, you can file a complaint with the Tennessee Board of Dentistry. The Board has a process for handling complaints about professional conduct. They can investigate the matter and take disciplinary action if needed.

Consult with your insurance company

If your insurance company covered the unnecessary dental work, you should inform them about the situation. They can investigate the matter from their end and potentially help you recover some of your costs. In some cases, they may even be able to assist you in resolving the issue with your dentist.

Finding out that your dentist has done unnecessary work can be a stressful experience. However, by knowing what steps to take, you can navigate this challenging situation. It is important to remember that you have rights as a patient, and resources are available to help you resolve these issues.