Before Corrective Jaw Surgery, Should You Get a Second Opinion?

Has your oral surgeon recommended corrective jaw surgery? If so, don’t be afraid to seek out a second opinion.

Before Corrective Jaw Surgery, Should You Get a Second Opinion?

Here at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, our professional team understands when our patients want second opinions. In fact, we often suggest it ourselves. As much as we’re confident in our treatment advice, we also want our patients to have the peace of mind of knowing they’re getting the best possible care.

Why Is a Second Opinion a Good Idea Before Jaw Surgery?

Corrective jaw procedures often require orthodontics both before and after surgery. This kind of major work can take years to complete, and the long-term commitment can have a dramatic impact on your life.

Getting a second opinion can help you make an informed choice about oral and maxillofacial surgery. You probably wouldn’t make other serious decisions — like buying a house or car — without first talking it over with a family member, friend or financial advisor.

The decision on whether to proceed with any major surgery should be made with the same careful consideration.

How Do You Find an Oral Surgeon for a Second Opinion?

The easiest way to find another local oral and maxillofacial surgeon with expertise in corrective jaw surgery is to ask your current surgeon for a referral.

If you are not comfortable with the idea of telling your oral surgeon that you want to get a second expert opinion, you can always ask your dentist or primary care physician for a recommendation. Or get a list of qualified professionals from your state medical board or insurance company.

What if the Oral Surgeons Don’t Agree About Jaw Surgery?

Most often, both oral surgeons will have the same opinion regarding corrective jaw work. Sometimes, however, their recommended treatment approaches differ.

If you get two differing opinions, you may want to check with a third expert before making a decision on jaw surgery. You can also try speaking with either or both of the oral surgeons again, discussing the treatment plans in greater detail. Ultimately, the choice is yours, but talking more about the jaw procedures can help you fully understand your options.

Does your oral surgeon think you need corrective jaw surgery? Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, the highly experienced board-certified surgeons at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, can provide you with an expert second opinion. And with three Salt Lake City area locations — in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele — visiting us couldn’t be easier or more convenient.

Our professional team is also happy to help you find other knowledgeable oral surgeons in the area who are qualified to provide treatment advice. For more advice, contact Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah today. Getting a second opinion is always a good idea before scheduling corrective jaw surgery.