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Dental Specialists Usually Refer Back to Dentists (VIDEO)

Dental specialist referralsDentists were asked how frequently their patients are referred back after being sent out for treatment by specialists. The clear majority said they always or almost always got their patients back.

Dentists reported that prosthodontists were the worst offenders when it comes to not referring patients back. There were also complaints about pediatric dentists and periodontists. Dentists were happiest with oral surgeons, orthodontists, and endodontists.

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Dentist Attitudes Towards the ADA (video)

Dentist attitudes toward the ADADentist opinions about the American Dental Association span the gamut.

In this survey, 48% of dentist respondents said the ADA is an accurate representation of dentists, while 52% feel the ADA is a tool for specialists to maintain the status quo.

“Apparently, from this sedation dentistry debacle the ADA has no problem limiting ‘Access to Care,’ which I actually thought they cared about. I say we have fools for representatives,” scoffed one dentist. Agreed another, “They are trying to limit our ability to perform oral conscious sedation, and I think that is a tragedy for our patients!”

One dentist offered this straightforward advice: “ADA should be marketing dentistry like the Milk Foundation does the ‘Got Milk’ campaign. Couldn’t tell you a thing that they do that is positive for dentists.”

Read more: Dentists Uncertain about American Dental Association

The Dentist-Specialist Referral Relationship (video)

Dental specialist referralsDentists say that specialists almost always refer their patients back to the original treating dentist, this survey found.

“Building a good relationship with your specialists is critical,” advised a cosmetic dentist. “Open lines of communication and professionalism, along with some warm and fuzzy human contact are vital elements for strengthening this relationship. Specialist referrals are our second greatest source of new patients, after existing patient referrals.”

One dentist commented, “Oral surgeons and orthodontists are a great source of new patients, especially in a growing area.” But another disagreed, saying, “Orthodontists and oral surgeons should return the favor!”

“I enjoy the relationship with my periodontist,” said one dentist. “He does the perio and I do the restorative. It’s a non-threatening relationship because I’m not afraid that when I refer the patient that they will get lost.”

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How Dentists Refer Braces Patients to Orthodontists (video)

Some dentists send braces patients to orthodontists, while others treat them themselves, according to this survey.

One in four dentists reports that they treat most braces patients themselves. On the other hand, one in three refers out all orthodontic patients.

Read more: How Dentists Refer Braces to Orthodontists

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