It is true: choosing a skilled, knowledgeable dentist you can trust is not an easy task. Especially when there is information coming your way form many sources: TV, radio, billboards, newspapers and Internet. Promotions, freebies, discounts and dental spas…who can be trusted and who cannot?
I hope these tips can help:
- Doctor’s training and credentials. Not everybody’s dental problems are the same or equally complex. Depending on the severity of your problem it may be indicated to be treated by a specialist. Think about it: If you suffer heart problems, a cardiologist is the best person to be seen by. In the same way, there are nine dental specialties for more advanced care: Pediatric dentistry, Orthodontics, Endodontics, Periodontics, Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Oral Pathology, Oral Radiology and Dental Public Health. Dental specialists have spent additional 2 – 3 years in a supervised formal training. So verifying the credentials of your new dentist is a must. Remember, if someone claims to be a renowned dentist, ask what makes him/her renowned. Put your dental care on the hands of a true specialist.
- Check reviews, testimonials and photographs of actual cases. Beware that these resources are available for purchase for dentists, so please inquire to see actual cases during your consultation.
- Doubt any offer advertising discounted fees. Behind a quality service there are quality products and laboratory fees associated.
- Jack of all trades…master of none. Many patients referred to us come from colleague dentists whom have gone over his/her limitations. Keep in mind the best provider is a team, not a single one dentist. Choose a dentist who knows his/her strengths and is surrounded by a group of specialists.
- State of the Art and technology. Digital dentistry makes diagnosis and treatment more accurate and predictable. It also gives you an idea of the level interest to stay up-to-date with what is happening in the field regarding materials and techniques.
- Prefer a dentist with a locally owned practice. Corporate owned practices are likely to have a dentist on staff, but not necessarily the same one every time. Having said that, a dentist that knows you by name is more likely to have a genuine interest in improving your condition and can provide proper continuity to your treatment.
- Choose a dentist that dedicates the time to review your treatment goals and expectations, discusses your particular condition and explains in detail your all your options of treatment with pros and cons. Remember, there is no “one-fits-all” solution and each therapy should be customized for the best outcome.
- Do not let your insurance provider choose for you. This changes the “how to choose a dentist” for a rather “who is choosing for you”. Insurance companies are running a business and want to profit from you. They collect monthly premium to then filter the services you qualify for. In this order of ideas, insurances want you to go to the dentist they have a “better” contract with… not necessarily the one better suited for your needs.
In summary, when choosing an Implant Dentist or a Cosmetic Dentist please do your homework. Trust your Smile to a true Smile Specialist