Whether you have recently moved, or you are simply looking for a change in providers, finding a new dentist is a critical — but sometimes difficult — task. With so many dentists from which to choose, how do you go about selecting the best practice for you and your family?
Before committing to just any practice, take the time to research several dentists in your area. Consider the following list of questions to ask when choosing a dentist.
- Does the Dentist Meet My Must-Haves?
To start, consider what is most important to you in a dental provider. If the prospective dentist doesn’t meet these criteria, move on to another practice:
- Is the practice accepting new patients?
- What kind of insurance does the dentist accept?
- What are the office hours and location?
- Does the practice offer after-hours or emergency appointments?
Learning that a practice won’t accept your insurance or doesn’t offer hours that fit your schedule is a clear indicator that the dentist isn’t a good fit for you.
When choosing a dentist, consider the services offered. For instance, if you’re interested in improving the appearance of your teeth, you will want to make sure you find a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry. Does he or she specialize in implants, TMJ, orthodontics, etc.? Is the practice kid-friendly? Ideally, it is best to select a provider offering a wide variety of services to avoid having to look for a new dentist later.
One of the easiest ways to learn more about your prospective dentist’s reputation is to see what current and former patients are saying about him or her. A quick online search can provide patient reviews that give more insight into a practice’s level of patient care and experience. It is also a good idea to talk to people you already know and trust in your area, such as friends, co-workers, and neighbors for dentist recommendations.
Just as important as a dentist’s years of experience is his or her commitment to continuing education. Trends and treatments in dentistry are ever-changing, so make sure your prospective dentist is keeping up with the latest in dental care.
When selecting a dentist, ask if he or she incorporates X-rays as a part of establishing a treatment plan. If X-rays are not provided in the dentist’s normal process, you might want to consider a different option. With X-rays, your dentist can rule out serious problems, prevent issues, and make the best recommendation for treatments.
Finding the right dentist may seem overwhelming, but by doing your research and asking questions beforehand, you can feel confident in your choice of a new provider for you and your family. At Sycamore Hills Dentistry, we offer a full range of dental services for patients of all ages. To learn more, contact our office today and schedule your first visit!