Reverse Referrals Work For Your Comfort

You’ve been seeing an orthodontist or a periodontist for specialty work. You like and trust the relationship. You are delighted when you notice that your new insurance company works with this specialist. And then you notice that your dentist doesn’t. Now what?

Dental_Care“When you are seeing a specialist for maintenance work, and are no longer connected to your dentist because of a move, ask your specialist for a reverse referral,” says Dr. Ford. In a reverse referral, the specialist will recommend a dentist whose work they respect.  (Dr. Ford is always pleased to be the recipient of a reverse referral. Respect for her work from other dental and medical professionals has led to her being chosen two years in a row as one of the Valley’s best dentists).

A specialist knows many general dentists and has certain ones whose work is precise, long-lasting and clearly done with the health of the patient in mind. “A reverse referral can create a long-lasting trust relationship,” says Dr. Ford.  “It’s a valuable basis on which to build a practice,” she adds.

A dentist whose work is well done, both esthetically and medically is a dentist who gets a lot of reverse referrals. While it may be difficult for you to change dentists, asking for a reverse referral may be the best way to start a long-lasting relationship.

A frequent reason for not having a general dentist but having a specialist is dental phobia. Dental phobics avoid visiting a dentist and often visit a specialist only because of an accident or emergency. “Dental phobics will spend an awful lot of time thinking about their teeth or dentists or dental situations, or else spend a lot of time trying NOT to think of teeth or dentists or dental situations,” reports the website

A successful reverse referral means building on an established relationship. Building your dental team on an existing strong relationship will support your general health and give you a lasting smile.

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