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Editorial Library Category: General Business | Dental | Endodontics Topics: Dental, Referral Title: Why You Should Refer Patients to an Endodontist Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: Dentists refer patients to endodontists for many reasons. The extent to which a dentist relies on specialists is an individual one, and can only be made by you. However, there are times to consider involving one or more specialists. And one of those specialists should be a good endodontist. Editorial: Why You Should Refer Patients to an Endodontist 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ thenewslinkgroup.com │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 Dentists refer patients to endodontists for many reasons. The extent to which a dentist relies on specialists is an individual one, and can only be made by you. However, there are times to consider involving one or more specialists. And one of those specialists should be a good endodontist. Help with the Diagnosis Not all cases are easy to diagnose, especially when a problem starts suddenly and gets worse fast. In addition, not all patients know what to tell you, or are accurate about their own dental history. If you refer someone to an endodontist because you think the diagnosis is a difficult one to make and you want a second opinion, you probably won’t lose the patient in the long run. If the specialist succeeds, the patient will be grateful to you for helping solve the problem by arranging for additional expertise. If the specialist fails, the patient will know that even a specialist is stumped by this specific case, and will have no hard feelings against you. A Good Safety Net Treatment plans are sometimes ineffective. If you call in an endodontist, the endodontist may be able to turn the problem around. If the endodontist, is unable to help, you will also have protected yourself legally. Most courts assume that if a dentist referred a patient to an endodontist, then the original dentist obviously did everything possible, and should not be held responsible for failure. High-Risk Patients You may have met patients whose dental work appears to be straightforward, but have specific circumstances that can cause their dental care to take unpredictable and dangerous turns. There can be many reasons why someone is at risk during treatment, but some of the most common are as follows: Poor health. Illnesses such as those involving the autoimmune system, cancer or diabetes. Mental illness, emotional problems, or other stressful trauma. Patients of this sort are compromised by difficult life circumstances. It will be harder for them to recover and may require the help of an endodontist so that they can navigate all their health problems as successfully as possible. Being Practical As a general dentist, you can’t specialize in everything. You have to make decisions about how to be most effective as a dentist. That doesn’t mean you have to hand off every interesting case. It may make sense to have a consulting relationship with a specialist, where the endodontist acts as someone to talk with about a case. If the case suddenly takes a wrong turn, the endodontist can then step in and take a more active role. Then, once the crisis is past, the endodontist can refer the patient back to you. In this way, you have minimized risk for yourself and your patient. The Fine Art of Delegation If you learn to delegate to a trusted specialist such as an endodontist, your patients will have the best possible care available. In addition, you will be able to focus on your strengths, prevent dental problems and maintain a good, long-term relationship with your patients. Sources: Reasons to Refer.docx The Endodontist Is a Valuable Resource for Your Practice.docx Word Count: 513 Copyscape Clear Date: 05.09.2012

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