How To Find a Good Dentist
How to Find New Dentist
Friends' referrals are the #1 way to find a good dentist you can trust. Alternate methods of finding a dentist can also work, especially the use of the computer. This is my story of leaving an old style dentist and finding an upscale hospitable new dental office. You can follow along at my appointment and learn the important questions I asked and the reason for leaving my current dentist.
I decided for several reasons to find a new dentist, a major reason that I needed an upper denture to replace my loose decaying teeth. My dentist was in his 70's, and it was time to find a younger dentist with updated procedures. My dentist's office did not have current x-ray procedures, used the old-fashioned light and tray, had slowed down, and had difficulty locating patients' mouth issues. This was unacceptable to me.
The major items covered in this article are what to look for in a dental office,and will list all major amenities.
The Good Dentist
What to Look For in a Dental Office
First, I asked my friends and neighbors for their recommendations. I received one excellent reference and visited the office to discuss my current needs. The following information discloses my results and exhibits the important issues to cover in your visit..
One dentist and eight staff members I was very impressed, as my old dental office had four staff members. Each staff member in this office has a specialty. I learned that the dentist took over an established practice.
I found a very clean uncluttered office. Gloves and masks were worn by staff members. Instruments looked clean and sterile. The waiting room appeared adequate and contained comfortable chairs.
Friendly office staff greeted me immediately, and my waiting time was about ten minutes. Staff was casual but professional. The male dentist was in his thirties and had been in practice for twelve years. He was kind and possessed a good sense of humor.
Staff was polite and explained the office procedure, including expectation of payments and co-payments. The dentist told me they will be moving into a brand new building in two months
I completed paper work giving appropriate information, including my medical problems, medications and allergies. I later learned the office is careful to analyze your medicine before giving anesthetic.
A staff member took a panoramic x-ray and posted it for all to see. The dentist assessed my needs from the film.
I watched a film about dentures and watched staff member type a summary of our discussion. This information appeared on a screen for all to see.
The office already scheduled my first visit as an emergency appointment, so that option already exists
He graduated from a dental school in my area.
Brushing Teeth is Important
A Good Dentist You Can Trust
Other ways to find a dentist. Word of mouth is, in my opinion, the best way unless you are new to an area.
You can call the state dental society in your area, and this service will give you names.
Visit ADA.com to find the names of dentists.
Healthgrades.com gives ratings for dentists and doctors and compares them to others..
See links below for the above references and others that will help in your search and give good tips about dental care.
I hope you are able to find a good dentist and find satisfaction equal to mine. My dentist is the best that one can be. If you follow the recommendations above, you will be sure to look for all the right issues to make a decision. If you do not get a good recommendation from someone, see above for the alternate ways to find a dentist. You can search by zip-code, by name, and numerous other ways, as indicated. Locating a good dentist is one of the most important decisions in your life. Pick one you can trust, and you might even enjoy a visit to the dentist. A visit makes my day, because they make me feel special.
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