So many of my patients when came to me for the first time hadn’t been to the dentist for a while because either they were not getting time, or were scared, or simply did not know what dentist to go to. Now that is kind of shocking with so many dentists around. But then again, nobody wants to just go to any random dentist across the street and start with their treatment. If you are one of those people, here are the things you should consider before choosing your dentist.
Location and convenience: Some people prefer a dentist closer to their home, while others lookout for someone around their office( and go for the treatment in their lunch breaks). Along with the location, the clinic working hours should be compatible with your routine. The preferences differ from person to person, but the last thing you want is a dentist so far that it becomes a hassle to even go for a regular check-up.
Expertise: It is possible that an awesome pediatric dentist or a good orthodontist might not be the one you should go to if you require an implant. Consider a dentist who is well-trained and experienced in the procedures that you require. Check out their websites, patient reviews and credentials to get an idea of their expertise.
Get referrals: In the scenario where you have moved to a new location, or even otherwise, ask your friends and family about the dentists they go to. You will get a firsthand review of their dental work. If you are relocating, your current dentist might also be able to help you out with who to visit in the new neighborhood.
Technology in the dental office: The technological advancements in dentistry have made it possible to detect a lot of problems well in advance, and have made the treatments relatively pain-free. Also, these newer machines help us to a better job. So it is a good idea to go to a dentist whose dental office is well equipped with the latest technologies.
Comfort level: This is a little difficult to gauge based on one phone call. But once you are at the office, you should feel comfortable. The staff should be friendly and ready to spend time explaining the problems you have, and the treatment procedures you will undergo. Also, it is good to have your doubts solved, small or big, so choose your dentist accordingly.
Cost factor: It is not true that the most expensive doctors are the best or the other way around. So lookout for someone who’s prices are affordable. Also if you have insurance, you should check with them about the reimbursements provided against the treatments performed at that dental office.
Hope this helps!! And as always share the information you find helpful, with your friends and family too!!