This was VERY overwhelming for her because she had just gone to her dentist in the UK 2 months ago and had no issues - they did mention that when she moved here they would likely recommend she remove the wisdom teeth. In addition to the conflicting advice, she has no pain anywhere in her mouth and 2 of the 3 wisdom teeth are already fully grown in.
Her experience has made me question some of the prior recommendations I've received from the dentist. Although, we are also considering that her dentist in the UK might have missed some of this stuff. While there is no doubt that the medical/dental industry in the US is a business and is treated as such (i.e. 'your insurance will pay for this so just get it done'), we don't want to ignore something that she needs and are a bit confused on how to proceed.
The easy answer is to get a 2nd opinion (or find a new dentist) but I'm more interested in getting feedback on how others handle getting this type of work done. Like many of you I'm sure, I'm a proponent of taking control of our medical decisions and not just going with whatever the doctor orders however when it comes to dental work, it seems very difficult to determine what makes sense.
- If a dentist tells you to get something done and it causes you no discomfort do you just go with it?
- Are there any methods you've found useful to separate the conversation 'you can get this done' and 'you need to get this done'?
- In general, am I missing anything here?