It is possible for patients to lose or misplace dental records. If this is the case, finding those dental records depends on contacting dentists and dental offices. Narrowing down the possible location of the records through contacting dental offices and dental care providers may make the search for missing records easier. Once it is determined that a particular dentist holds the records, it is common for the patient to pay for the copying or recreation of the records. Sometimes, the patient must file a release or transfer form before the dentist can release the missing records.