If you need oral and maxillofacial surgery, you might need a referral.
But should you get it from your dentist or primary care doctor? Or can you just skip the referral and contact the office of a reputable local oral surgeon and make an appointment?
Does Your Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon Require a Referral?
First, ask the oral surgeon you want to see whether they require a referral.
While we here at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah don’t usually require referrals, some other practices do. However, if you need emergency treatment and don’t have time to visit a dentist or doctor for a referral, even offices with strict patient policies may make an exception.
Does Your Insurance Policy Require a Referral?
Regardless of whether your oral and maxillofacial surgeon requires a referral, it’s a good idea to check with your insurance provider regarding their referral policies.
Medical and dental insurance policies often state that patients cannot book an appointment with any specialist without first getting a referral. Fail to follow the proper procedures, and your insurance provider may refuse to cover the costs of treatment. If that happens, you’ll end up shouldering the expense.
Benefits of Getting a Referral for Oral Surgery
Even if neither your oral surgeon nor your insurance policy requires referrals, you should consider getting one anyway. Why?
Your dentist and primary care doctor understand your unique health concerns and challenges, and this knowledge allows them to recommend an oral surgeon who can meet your needs. That not only saves you the time and effort of searching for a qualified professional, but also sets the stage for successful treatment.
When your dentist or doctor offers a referral to an oral and maxillofacial practice, you can count on continuity of care before, during and after your surgical procedure. With good communication among providers, you’ll have the dental and medical support you need to get through recovery and on with your life.
Trust the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah Team
For expert, compassionate care, patients in the greater Salt Lake City area turn to our professional team. Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield, our highly skilled oral surgeons, hold themselves to a high standard and always take every possible step to provide a positive experience.
With three northern Utah locations in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele, making an appointment with us is both easy and convenient. To learn more about our professional qualifications and experience, or to schedule a consultation, contact any of the Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah offices today.