Are you anxious your dentist will give you the dreaded referral slip at your next check-up? Well, don’t fear. Your dental benefits work with a specialist too.
Here are the next steps if you’re referred to a specialist:
First, research the specialist.
Finally, call and make an appointment.
Want to know more? Below is a list of common dental specialists:
Endodontists perform root canals. They treat diseases and injuries of the dental pulp or the tooth nerves. After dental school, they have 2 or more years of endodontics training.
Fun fact: On average, endodontists perform nearly 25 root canal treatments a week, while general dentists perform less than 2.
Do you need oral surgery? Then you’ll be seeing an Oral and maxillofacial surgeon. They treat patients for a variety of reasons, including wisdom teeth removal, tumors and cysts in jaws, and facial injuries. Oral surgeons are trained in a hospital-based residency program for a minimum of 4 years.
If you have a bad bite, you’ll likely be referred to an orthodontist. This specialist straightens teeth with the use of bands, wires, braces and other corrective appliances. Check your plan to find out if orthodontia is covered.
If you were referred to a periodontist, gum surgery may be in your future. They specialize in treating your gums (the soft tissues of the mouth) and the bone that support your teeth.
Before scheduling an appointment with any new dentist or specialist, please check and make sure he/she participates in the network(s) covered by your dental plan. If not, you can find one who is quickly and easily by using our Find a Dentist search tool.