How to choose the right dentist
Taking care of your teeth is an important aesthetic and health issue so you want to use the services of the best dentist available. How do you select one though?
Any number of websites or advertisements can be found selling the merits of particular dentists but for the average patient, it can be difficult to decide. As a result, many people simply walk into the closest dental practice and take their chances. After all, aren’t all dentists the same? Well, no. Here are some tips for choosing the right dentist.
In essence, all dentists are trying their best and doing whatever they can to assist their patients, but they all have different personalities, skill sets and, in some cases, areas of specialisation. Their proficiency can vary depending on how long they have been practising, what treatments they’re especially interested in, any new training courses they may have completed, and what they’re naturally good at doing.
For patients seeking out a new dentist, it makes sense to start with personal recommendations from friends, family or other trusted associates. Then the next step is probably to research online—check out their website, read any blogs they have posted, and scrutinise any reviews to try to assess if they will be the right match for you and your family. For example, if you have an issue with crooked teeth, there is little point in seeing a dentist who doesn’t do orthodontics or Invisalign. Conversely, if you’re looking for a really good family dentist, then you’re probably best not to approach a cosmetic dentist whose focus is on beautiful, and expensive, veneers. You want a good mutual fit.
Of course, it doesn’t always pan out. What happens if you have started seeing a new dentist but it’s just not working, or if a relationship with your current dentist suddenly goes awry?
There’s no issue in you saying, “Look, I want to move to someone else”. While everyone has feelings and sensitivities, this should not be an issue. In such cases, it’s better for everyone if they just cut the ties and move on. Any dentist should be happy to forward patient records on to whichever dental practice a patient goes to next.
So reflect on these tips for choosing the right dentist and act wisely. And, when you strike up a great relationship with a dentist, cherish it and protect it.