Referring Doctors & Oral Radiology with Colorado, Maxillofacial Radiologist, Debra Gander, DDS, MS
How to Choose an Oral Radiologist
If you need an oral radiologist, the first place you generally look is at your dentist office. If you don't have a dentist, the first step is to find a dentist with x-rays done in office. However, if you need an oral radiologist for a medical problem, the best place to start is with a referral from your doctor.
Finding a Dentist Office with a Radiologist
Check to make sure the dentist office is in-network.If you have dental insurance, it's likely that only certain dentist offices are in your network. You can either start with your insurance's online tool to find a dentist or check for certain dentists once you've narrowed down a list.
Use a database to check for dentists and radiologists nearby.Using a database can help you easily narrow down your search. For instance, if you use the American Dental Association's tool, you can actually narrow your search to "Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology."
- However, if a dentist doesn't pop up under that specialty, try just searching for a dentist nearby. Most dentist offices do x-ray work in office.
Narrow down your choices.Look at reviews online to see if the dentist and radiologist have good reviews. Also, ask for recommendations from friends and family, as many may already have good dentists. Use factors like distance, services offered, and good reviews to make a list of a couple of dentists.
Visit and evaluate.Once you've narrowed down your choices to a few dentist offices, visit them and ask questions. You can also start out over the phone if you prefer. Of course, first and foremost on your mind is whether they offer x-rays, so establish that first. You can also schedule an appointment to meet the dentist and the radiologist. That way, you can size them up and see if you gel with the person.
- You can also ask questions about what other kinds of dental services they offer, as well as if they offer emergency services. You might also want to know what kind of sedation and numbing treatments they use.
Finding an Oral Radiologist for Medical Reasons
Ask for a referral.If you need an oral radiologist for medical reasons rather than dental reasons, the easiest way to find a radiologist is to ask for a referral from your doctor. Often, your doctor will have a specific radiologist that they work with, sometimes in the same building.
Check with your insurance.Of course, you want to make sure your x-rays are covered by your insurance. When it comes to dental insurance, it will likely only cover a certain amount per year, though sometimes x-rays are included in preventative care. Often, as long as your dentist is in network, you should be fine.With medical insurance, you need to make sure your insurance will approve it and that the radiologist is in network. You can call and ask if you're not sure.
- You can also use your insurance's online tool to search for an oral radiologist who's in-network.
Consider the type of x-ray you need.You may need different types of x-rays for different problems. For instance, if your doctor is looking for cancer in the head and jaw, you may need a panoramic dental x-ray.On the other hand, if you just need your teeth checked for decay and rubbing damage, a bitewing may be more appropriate.
- Check with the radiologist to see if they perform the type of x-ray you need.
Meet the radiologist.If you're still worried about choosing an oral radiologist, you always have the option to meet with them. Call up their office and ask if you can spend a few minutes meeting with the radiologist so that you'll feel more comfortable when you do need to get x-rays.
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