At Mark C. Marchbanks DDS, we’re equipped to do a number of routine and complex procedures on a daily basis. However, in certain circumstances there are situations or isolated problems that we feel are best referred over to another specialist. We have a great relationship with many specialists in the Metroplex and will work with you to find one that can address your situation best (and within your insurance network).
But if one of our providers have ever had the conversation with you about seeing another specialist, it might have raised more questions than answers. Some patients also report an increased level of anxiety or fear when they learn they need to see a new provider.
And so, in order to promote transparency and decrease the unknown, we will walk you through certain cases that require a referral along with our process for remaining in communication with your new provider!
What, exactly, is a dental specialist?
As you may know, dentistry itself is a specialty of medicine. But among dentists there are then several subspecialties. Here are the most common specialties that our patients are referred to:
- Periodontists specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of periodontal disease and in the placement of dental implants. Periodontists are also experts in the treatment of oral inflammation and gum surgery.
- Endodontists specialize in dental pulp and tissues around the root issues. In addition, many are specialists in pain management since issues involving the root of the tooth can lead to significant pain.
- Pediatric dentists specialize in working with children. While Dr. Marchbanks is especially well-equipped to work with children of all ages, those who need significant dental work may be referred to a pediatric dentist for follow-ups.
- Orthodontists is a subspecialty that deals with the diagnosis, prevention and correction of malpositioned teeth and jaws. If you have a teen needing braces, don’t be surprised if you receive a referral to one of these!
- Oral or maxillofacial surgeons focus on treating problems related to the hard and soft tissues of the face, mouth, and jaws (the upper jaw is referred to as the maxilla). While they sometimes work in a hospital, their practices are more often located in comfortable office settings.
What are common issues that are referred to dental sub-specialists?
Complex issues such as TMJ pain that requires surgery, gum grafting or the correction of jaw alignment issues are the most common reasons that we refer patients to sub-specialists. When we refer patients out, it’s because we want to put you in the best hands for a certain procedure. It is our goal that you experience pain-free dental care and the best service possible to ensure you are able to retain all your teeth—and be proud of your smile.
How does the referral process work?
When we refer you to a sub-specialist, we will also transfer all your dental records and transmit additional details on why we believe the referral is necessary. And, most importantly, communication between us and the specialist will remain open throughout your treatment. We will work collaboratively with the sub-specialist to ensure you receive the best results possible.
After your work is done with the sub-specialist, they will provide us with an update and transfer needed records back to us. This way you will receive continuity of care.
If you have been referred to a sub-specialist in the North Texas area but are still concerned about what to expect, give us a call today. We can walk you through what to expect and help quell any lingering fears!
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