Finding the right dentist means covering all your bases – from the dental health benefits you’ll receive to the sense of professionalism you feel while your teeth are being worked on. For many people, choosing a dentist is about a lot more than simply finding the closest dental clinic, especially when intense fears of dental pain and dental work in general are present.
Consider the following words of advice:
Keep Your Dental Health Benefits In Mind
Your dental health plan should play a big role in your choice of dentist. Not only are there possible limitations (dental HMOs limiting your options to dentists in the HMO network, for example), but certain PPO plans can save you a lot of money in copayments when visiting a network dentist.
Do Your Research
Today we are better equipped than ever to gather information on businesses. A simple Google search can yield plenty of information. Looking at a dental clinic’s Google My Business or Yelp reviews can start to give you a good idea of who you’d prefer to see.
Take a look at their website as well to see which services they offer and get a general idea of the atmosphere of their clinic. Some dental clinics provide free spa-amenities to help you feel relaxed. Some offer basic periodontal disease treatment but would need to refer you to a specialist for surgical interventions. Some dentists speak Spanish.
Do your research and ask people you trust about their dentist and who they’d recommend.
Make Sure Your Dentist Of Choice Is Accessible
Maybe you’d be more comfortable seeing a dentist closer to your home or workplace. Maybe your schedule is sporadic and you need to find a dentist who’s flexible with scheduling appointments. Maybe you need to find a dentist who works on Saturdays.
Gather up locations and operating hours, as well as other information you might need, before making your decision.
Have a No-Obligation Phone Call or Meeting
Most dentists are happy to do this. You should be comfortable with the person who will be working on your teeth. Not only do you want someone who can communicate and answer any questions or concerns you might have, but you also want a dentist with the right credentials – ask if they are a member of the American Dental Association or Academy of General Dentistry.
Ask about their products and services – do they do amalgam fillings or resin-based fillings, mental implants or titanium? Choose which dentist seems like the best fit for you.
Assess The Dental Clinic & Staff
Make sure the dental clinic is clean and organized. Does it seem like the kind of place you’d be comfortable having your teeth worked on? Is everything organized and sanitary? Are they using trustworthy and reliable equipment?
Keep the staff in mind as well – they should be friendly, courteous, and communicative. Once all of this information is in place, you should have a very good idea of which dentist should work best for you.