MISBLOC
Published in

MISBLOC

How to Prevent Overtreatment

Things to watch out for so you don’t get taken advantage of

MISBLOC (Medical Information Service with Blockchain) is a medical service ecosystem which is based on blockchain technology. MISBLOC offers a sustainable and efficient medical service ecosystem by providing reliable medical information to patients, medical institutions, and public institutions in the Big Data era.

Welcome to MISBLOC!

Today, we will go over the problem of overtreatment at dental clinics. These days, there are a lot more dentists than in the past which has led to fierce competition between dental clinics. Also, we have seen an increasing number of patients receiving additional, unnecessary treatments because they have no knowledge about dental health. There are a lot of things patients should know so that they do not receive overtreatment, which is expensive since the procedures are usually not covered by insurance. Let’s check out some tips in this article.

What is Overtreatment?

“Overtreatment” means receiving more treatment than you need. “Treatment” can be something simple like cleaning, but it can also include tooth extraction, implants, or when you get gold or resin fillings. However, advanced treatment like getting root canals or receiving crowns could be considered overtreatment if they’re not absolutely necessary.

How to Prevent Overtreatment

1. Get a second opinion.

It is recommended that you visit at least three dental clinics when you are diagnosed with a serious problem. When you visit a dentist, you need to tell them directly that you are not there to receive “care,” but to get a “check-up” and confirm your previous diagnosis. You should listen to the advice of each clinic such as the location of the problem, treatment method, and total cost. When you have all the information, you can compare each clinic and make the best choice.

If a doctor says with absolute certainty that a cavity is in the existing crown, inlay, etc. after radiography, you should suspect overtreatment. Actually, the dentist cannot know for sure that the cavity is there because they first need to remove the crown, inlay, etc. to find out if there is a cavity or not. If they are overconfident in their diagnosis, you should be suspicious.

2. If a doctor recommends tooth extraction or implants, you should suspect overtreatment.

Thanks to the development of technology, now there are a lot of treatments that can improve teeth health compared to the past. Therefore, it is important to find a dental clinic that emphasizes minimum treatments and natural teeth instead of lots of procedures. Because, no matter how advanced implants or dentures become, natural teeth will always be the best. Therefore, if a doctor recommends getting a tooth extracted or receiving implants right away, you should be suspicious of their motivations. Don’t decide to do any big procedures until after you’ve received a second or even third opinion.

3. Find a place where dentists give private consultations for dental treatment.

There is a high possibility of overtreatment at clinics where dental coordinators look at the patient’s X-ray data and immediately present dental treatment plans or estimates. That’s because, at these types of clinics, the coordinators are often given incentives for recommending expensive treatment. Therefore, it is recommended that you choose a clinic where your dentist takes you to a private consultation room to explain possible dental plans, associated costs, and treatment methods.

4. Avoid dental clinics where there are a lot of patients or medical expenses are too low.

Be careful of hospitals with too many patients as they may be performing overtreatment, requiring patients to come to the office more often for treatment. The clinic may also be able to offer cheaper services by delegating treatment to nurses or dental technicians instead of being performed by the dentist. They may be running their clinic with a high volume, low margin system by performing many cheap but unnecessary procedures to make more money.

5. If you have had more than five cavities in a year or two, you might have received overtreatment.

If you suddenly have more than five cavities in a year even though you get regular checkups once or twice a year, you should be suspicious of overtreatment.

Hopefully, you haven’t run into any unethical dentists who might have overtreated you! It can be hard to keep track of our health, but make sure to do your research and ask questions. It is your responsibility to find reputable dentists who are doing their best to help you and not just make money.

MISBLOC can be found on different platforms!

Dear reader, thank you for spending your valuable time reading this post! If you want to stay updated with the activities of MISBLOC, make sure to follow the channels below!

Website | Telegram| Twitter | LinkedIn| Naver Blog| Kakao

--

--

--

MISBLOC offers a sustainable medical service ecosystem, by utilizing selected medication information in a combination with a blockchain technology in the MyData era, which is the era of big data of individual lifelog, that connects telecommunication-medical-financial spheres.

Recommended from Medium

It’s Time to Fight Like Hell to End Our Overdose Crisis

the community.

Affordable CBD Joint Cream: Does It Work?

READ/DOWNLOAD=& El fin del Alzheimer / The End of

~>Free Download Instant Wisdom for GPs: Pearls fro

The Aliso Canyon Disaster Health Study

Boiled water: your body’s friend or enemy?

What a Revolution in Healthcare Data Should Look Like

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
MISBLOC

MISBLOC

Medical Information Service with Blockchain

More from Medium

Why I write

How do we see the metaverse, is it just a virtual game?

A new project of ZIKTALK, SupporterZ

Make being “useless” work for your benefit