How to Choose a Dentist?
You may move to a new city. Your current dentist may drop out of your HMO. He or she might retire from the business or you may become dissatisfied with their treatment. In these cases, you’ll want to choose a new dentist to keep your family’s teeth healthy. This can be a daunting task, especially for those on restrictive health care plans. With limited options, and even without those limitations imposed by the insurance company, you want to make the best decision for you and your family. The Internet is the new home for the scoop on a dentist’s reputation. You can rely on word of mouth from family and friends; however, they can’t know all the dentists in your area. Moreover, even with the multiple review websites there are often widely varying opinions on any one dentist or dental practice out there. If you have been in this kind of situation, you’ve probably wished you had been given tips on how to choose a dentist.
What you need to ask when looking for a new dentist
- What insurance do they accept?
- What is the dentist’s background and education?
- How busy is the office?
- How does the office deal with emergencies?
- How does the office bill patients?
- Do they work with children as well as adults?
- How and when does the dentist explain treatment options?
- What are their operating hours?
Why it is important to choose the right dentist
Many of us can recall our childhoods and how intimidating it seemed visiting the dentist’s office for the first time, especially if we had a cavity that needed filling. The noise of the drill, a stranger invading your space, it was all a little frightening. If we were lucky, our dentist made us feel at ease and trustworthy so we could continue the important process of receiving dental care regularly and without concern. You not only want a competent, capable dentist, you want a medical professional you’ll be willing to return to for any procedure from regular cleanings to dentures.
Things to look out for when picking a new dentist
- Payment is a massive concern for many, given the expense of some dental procedures. If you don’t have insurance, you should be keenly interested in how billing is arranged. If you do have insurance, understand how your dental plan covers the work and how much you can expect for co-pays.
- Look for recommendations anywhere you can find them. The Internet is a fine place to start; however, information opinions can conflict. You can alternatively ask friends and family or your current physician, or even the dentist you’re leaving (if you’re on good terms).
- Location is an important factor in choosing a dentist. It may be more convenient to pick a dentist closer to your workplace, or to your home if, you are looking for a family dentist. Their hours of operation will also be an important factor given everyone’s overloaded schedules.
- Don’t take anyone’s recommendation for granted; meet with the dentist before settling on their services. You can see firsthand how well they communicate, and ask whatever questions are important to your decision-making process. Afterwards, you can go over what you’ve learned and make a more informed decision.
Why Village Dental is the right choice for you
Village Dental has been one of Salt Lake City’s top full-service dental practices for 50 years. Our friendly team of professionals is committed to making you and your family receive the dental care they deserve. We offer the latest in advanced procedures in cosmetic and pediatric dentistry as well as oral surgery. We promise you’ll receive safe, effective and comfortable care to keep your smile bright as the morning sun.