3 Reasons Why You Need To Refer A Patient

As dentists, we’re used to being perfectionists. That’s why it’s so painful to refer a patient. But sometimes we have to.


You can’t do it


Even if our practice is going through the dreaded slow season – don’t waste your patients time and attempt something you can’t do. Don’t risk your own reputation without the guidance of a mentor.

Bad relationship



Sometimes you get this sick feeling about a person and you don’t know why. Maybe the patient clearly does not like you.

The reality is that you’ll never be able to get along with everyone and you can’t please everyone. Even as a dentist.

Fortunately, there’s a dentist out there for everyone. You don’t need to feel nauseous every time you see that patient on your day sheet.

You can’t fix it



Sometimes there are situations that are out of your control. The tooth is still hurting and you don’t know why (even though you’ve filled all the canals). The crown keeps dislodging.

Refer it fast. Don’t wait. The longer you wait, the longer you’re delaying the problem for the patient.

Even though they may no longer have a problem by the time they see the next clinician, it’s better that you’ve provided an action plan for the patient to have their problem fixed.

Of course, don’t refer it if you know you can fix it. But just don’t prolong it because of your own ego. It could damage your reputation in the long run.

Dr Kevin Ho
Dr Kevin Ho
Dr Kevin Ho is Cosmetic Dentist, Clinical Professor and Entrepreneur based out of Australia and Canada.

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