Oral Health Topics
Referring Patients (Patient Referral)
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Appropriate referrals are an integral part of complete quality health care management. Referrals should be based on the education, training, interest, and experience of the referring dentist and the unique needs of the patient. Dentists are expected to recognize the extent of the treatment needs of their patients and when referrals are necessary. These General Guidelines assume the dentist has the requisite skill and knowledge in diagnosis and treatment planning to determine when a referral is needed.