Choosing a new dentist can be an overwhelming task and not one that many people look forward to doing. It is a lot easier to find a dentist who is trustworthy, competent, and personable when you have the right tools and information on the search. From asking the right questions to spotting the characteristics of a bad dentist, the search for the right provider should start with these resources.
The place to start a search
Start the search for a quality dentist by breaking down the process into stages. There are three key components to getting started:
- Make a list
- Do the research
- Conduct an analysis
Making a list of possibilities
When it comes to narrowing down the provider selection, start with the practices that are listed in the dental insurance network. Preventative dental care is often a part of covered services, and this may be a good reason to start looking at dentists taking part in the dental insurance plan. If insurance does not factor into the decision making, seek out recommendations from friends, family members, internet reviews, or medical professionals. The list may be long, depending on how many referrals came in, but this could be easily whittled down after conducting some deeper research.
Doing the research on potential dentists
There are many things to consider when trying to find a dentist beyond insurance affiliation or what a family member has to say about their experience. Start by looking at each provider more closely. Look at professional association memberships. A high-quality dentist will often be a member of the American Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, or the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. A good dentist will select an organization that closely aligns with the personal approach to dentistry.
Continue looking into the dentist by reading patient reviews, any biography or credentials for the dentist, or any articles or available information about the dentist. Much of this information can be found online on the provider’s website or through social media networks. This insight expands on any information or stories heard from friends or family members. Look for current registration documentation with the state’s dental board to verify the legitimacy of the provider.
Conducting a thorough analysis of the information
Once several dentists have been researched, it is time to sort the information. Some people will list dentists who have a location that is convenient and office hours that are flexible as a top priority, while others elevate education and experience credentials. The goal is to find a dentist who makes each patient feel comfortable in the office and confident in the services rendered.
The ways to settle the question
One of the easier ways to narrow down the right choice is by weeding out the dental providers who do not instill confidence. A good dentist will have a good website. The office staff will be pleasant and helpful when answering questions. The dentist will carry board certification and professional association memberships. A good dentist will explore multiple treatment options, allowing the patient to decide without going on the defensive.
When looking for a new dentist, it is perfectly acceptable to treat the situation like a new hire. Review the qualifications, ask plenty of questions, and trust your gut.
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