It is likely that one time or another you will find yourself either needing to new dentist. Although everyone has a different approach in there search for a new provider, here are some questions you should keep in mind during your search:
1. Is the dentist available for questions?
Sometimes a dentist would rather have you only speak to an assistant or someone at the front desk. This may make you wonder how important you really are. A dentist should be happy to personally answer your questions and discuss your concerns.
2. What is the dentist’s overall philosophy about dentistry?
A good dentist will explain your dental needs and options so you will be part of the decision making process regarding your health. Instead of just telling you what to do, they should explain the results of any check-up or procedure and develop a clear treatment plan based your specific situation. The plan should work for your timeline and your budget and also take into account your insurance policy. Is the Dentist open to all types of patients, such as children? This may or may not be important to your circumstances.
3. Does the dentist seem genuinely interested in your general health situation, beyond just your teeth?
A thorough dentist will ask for a comprehensive medical history before beginning dental treatment. By having this complete medical history, among other things, a dentist will be able to determine any allergies and possible adverse reactions to certain drugs.
4. Will the dentist routinely check for gum disease, decay, and correct bite?
Starting off with the initial exam a thorough dentist will use a periodontal probe to check for the depth of possible bone loss caused by gum disease. After that, at each cleaning session, the dental hygienist should perform periodontal probings to check for any change. Also a good dentist will look for decay, missing teeth and other items that will become part of your record. Included in this review will be the jaw and teeth relationship and the contact points in your bite.. The reason this is important is because over time changes in your bite may cause stress and even lead to cracked teeth.
5.Does the availability of the dentist match your needs?
Most dentists will have arrangements for handling emergencies that occur outside of office hours. However, you may also need a dentist who has non-weekday office hours, such as Saturdays.
6. Is it easy to talk with your dentist?
An good dentist should be sensitive to your overall needs and concerns. You shouldn’t feel awkward talking to a dentist about fears, treatment and any other dental related subjects or questions.