Choosing a dentist is just as important as choosing any other kind of doctor. Every person wants to feel comfortable with their dentist and dental hygienist, and wants to trust that the entire practice has their best interest at heart. After all, the health of your teeth has a major impact on the well-being of your entire body.
So, when searching for a dental practice, what should you keep in mind?
At the top of the list of things to look for in a dental practice, take into consideration the following:
- Where is the practice located, and how long will it take you to get to and from appointments?
- What are the office hours? Will the open days/times work with your schedule?
- Is the dental practice accepting new patients?
- How easy is it to schedule routine appointments? Emergency appointments?
Not all dental practices accept all insurance carriers. When researching, make sure to check with your insurance to see if the dentist you’re considering is in-network or out-of-network. The result could have a serious impact on the cost of your dental appointments and procedures.
For some people, it’s important that a dentist is a part of credible organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA). Other similar organizations to consider are the:
- American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
- Academy of General Dentistry (Chicago, IL)
- American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH)
Being a member of one of these organizations means that the dentist is a fully-qualified Doctor of Dentistry. It also means the dentist commits to that academy’s code of conduct and treatment standards, and has to keep up with the organization’s continuing education.
To see if the dental practice has ideal communication methods in place, first check out the website. Has it been updated recently? Is the information helpful and does it answer your questions?
Next, call the office and talk to a receptionist. This person is the first impression of the dental practice and should come across as friendly, considerate, and patient. Ask any questions you may have and get a feel for the vibe of the office personnel.
If you choose to schedule an appointment, take note of how the office communicates appointment details. Do they send appointment reminders via phone call, text message, print mail, or email? Do they give you the option to select your preferred method of communication?
What kind of dental work are you looking for? Some dentists offer a wider array of services than others. For example, one dentist may provide preventive appointments, fillings, X-rays, and root canals, but doesn’t provide more extensive procedures like dental implants or cosmetic surgeries.
Some dental practices may specialize in pediatric dentistry, while others primarily treat adults.
If you want a comprehensive dentist, look for a dental practice that offers everything from routine cleanings to oral/maxillofacial surgeries. For example, Capstone Dental offers the following:
- Single visit dental services
- Routine dental work
- Cosmetic dental work
- Emergency dental services
- Dental implants
- Sleep apnea treatment
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