How to find a good dentist?
If you are moving to a new place, or you are fed up with up with your dentist, or you have finally decided to get yourself a dentist, you are facing a problem-How to find a good dentist. Most people would just flip through the yellow pages or go through the local dental society lists to find a dentist. But these do not rate the dentists nor provide comparisons. Here are some sources through which you can find a good Cosmetic, TMJ, TMD dentists.
Friends and relatives:
– Ask friends and relatives if they know a good dentist. Preferably, ask older people. If they have been visiting the same dentist over a long period of time and are happy with it, you could consider that dentist.
– Ask people at your workplace. They will have a lot of recommendations.
– If you are moving, ask your old dentist for a recommendation. Dentists have friends from school or conferences. If you liked your old dentist, chances are you will like his recommendation.
– Some of the faculty members in dental schools are practicing dentists. Usually, they are fine dentists. Just call the dental school and ask for the names of practicing faculty members.
Other medical practitioners:
– Family doctors, hospital dentists, orthodontists and periodontists can give you good recommendations.
University medical programs:
– If you cannot afford to pay a dentist, these can prove to be a high quality alternative. They don’t charge as much as a dentist, because here students will be treating you. But they provide competent care, as these students are eager to impress their professors.
After a dentist has been recommended to you, it is important that you go check out for yourself if he is the right one for you. The American Dental Association has given some guidelines to help you choose a dentist.
- See if the dentist’s office hours are convenient to you. The office should be easy to get to from work or home.
- Look if the office and medical equipment are clean.
- The staff should be professional and eager to answer your queries.
- Look at the educational qualifications of the dentist. Does he attend conferences and continuing education workshops?
- The dentist should concentrate on prevention of diseases.
- All the staff involved in patient treatment should wear protective gear.
- Check whether proper sterilization techniques, like ultrasonic soaks and autoclave are being used to clean instruments.
- Does the dentist use proper anesthesia to reduce pain?
- Information about fees and billing plans should be provided before hand.
- If you have a specific condition, ask if the dentist has the training to treat that condition.