How To Find The Right Dentist For You
By Dr. Calvin Nguyen at Franklin Dental
Finding the right dentist isn’t easy. Many people are afraid of dental treatments, so they are extremely fussy when it comes to picking a dentist to take care of them. Whether you are one of these people or not, you should do a through research before choosing your dentist, as this decision is going to influence your oral health for many years to come.
The first thing to do is to make sure your dentist is an excellent professional, with a wealth of experience. Someone who has treated hundreds or thousands of patients is more prone to identifying your oral care needs, as well as to giving you the right treatment in each and every situation.
A good dentist is always going to choose what’s best for the patient, rather than going for the easy way, which is the extraction of all teeth with problems. There are situations in which a tooth may not be saved. However, many times, beginners recommend extractions because they don’t want to risk any complications. The right dentist for you should be the one who would try to do everything possible to save your teeth, so that you can postpone the moment when you’re going to need dentures.
When choosing a good dentist, it is very important to read patient reviews or to contact a few of their former and current patients. This type of information can reveal things you may never guess. It is the best way to find out very quickly what you can expect from a certain professional. As most dentists have a website and a business page on Google or Facebook, chances are you’re going to find patient reviews without having to waste a lot of time searching the web.
The qualifications and the professional affiliations are also criteria that can help you make the best choice. Dentists who are recognized by the professional community are probably better than the ones nobody has ever heard of. This may not always be true, but it is something to consider, if you want to find the right dentist. Specialists who are members of local and international professional associations have better access to information, thus being among the first to learn about advanced technologies, materials and treatments.
The look of the clinic or dental care practice is also a factor you should take a good look at. It’s in your best interest that your dentist uses modern equipment and advanced methods and treatments, as they are usually better for the patient. Besides, everything should be spotless clean and very well organized. Before choosing your dentist, you should visit their clinic to see how it looks. Cleanliness and hygiene are mandatory, as they are among the most important prerequisites of high quality services.
If you don’t know where to start your search from, you should ask your friends and acquaintances for their recommendations. These people might have very good dentists, so you could find yours in a matter of days. Besides, nobody would recommend a doctor they’ve been unhappy with, so you can trust these recommendations to be honest and very useful. Alternatively, you could contact your local dental society. You should be able to find some contact details on the ADA website.
Once you have a shortlist, you should define your highest priorities in regard to dental treatments. If you hate pain, you should seek for professionals who administer anesthesia to their patients, thus offering pain-free treatments. If you intend to have your children treated by the same dentist, you should search for one who has also the pediatric dentistry specialty. Moreover, the ideal dentist should embrace preventive dentistry. Prevention can postpone or even eliminate severe dental problems, so you should make sure your dentist prefers to do everything it takes to diagnose and address all issues in their early stages. If you suffer from certain medical conditions that call for extra care, you should get a dentist who is trained or experienced in treating patients like you.
As dental treatments aren’t cheap, you may also want to compare prices before making your final choice. If you want to go this route, you should ask for estimates on some common treatments. For instance, you could compare the costs of professional cleaning, cavity filling, root canal or ceramic crowns. However, you should be aware that a very big price gap might hide something. As high quality materials can’t be cheap, a dentist with very low prices compared to those of the competitors should raise a question mark in your mind.
As a matter of fact, most dentists are willing to help their patients afford their procedures, so you should always remember to ask them about such financing opportunities. You may discover you can benefit even from treatments that don’t seem too affordable at first sight.