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Will I Need a Referral To See An Oral And Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Posted on 11/15/2023 by Dr. Shaun Rai
Group of smiling older women with dental implants from Rai Oral Surgery & Dental Implants in Virginia Beach, VASuppose you have a dental condition that needs an oral and maxillofacial surgeon's expertise. You might be curious whether a dental professional referral is necessary to schedule an appointment. Please note that not all maxillofacial surgeons need a referral for your treatment. However, numerous dental insurance policies mandate a referral to establish medical necessity for seeing a specialist. If you fail to follow the correct procedure, your insurance policy may not cover your treatment.

Why Do I Need A Referral?

The need for a referral to see an oral surgeon can vary depending on several factors. These include your location, healthcare system, and insurance provider's policies. Sometimes, a referral from your general dentist may be required to see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This referral helps ensure that your condition is appropriately assessed and that you receive the most suitable treatment.

However, there are situations where you can directly contact an oral surgeon's office without needing a formal referral. Some oral and maxillofacial surgery practices allow patients to schedule consultations or appointments directly.

Benefits of Getting A Referral

Even if your insurance policy or oral surgeon does not need a referral, obtaining one from your dentist is crucial. They can assess your condition and advise you on whether a referral is necessary. Your dentist is familiar with your specific health concerns and challenges, which enables them to recommend an oral surgeon who can cater to your needs. This spares your time searching for a skilled professional and ensures the groundwork for effective treatment. A referral from your dentist allows you to get continued care throughout the process. Effective communication among providers ensures you receive the necessary dental and medical support during your recovery, enabling you to move forward confidently.

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