Tips to Find a Dentist

Most people despise going to the dentist. It is difficult to find a dental practice that you really like and feel comfortable with. With the extremely challenging economy and the changes in health insurance, you may be looking for a dentist. It is important to find a dentist who you like and trust. Unfortunately, there are dentists who insist on work that really is not necessary. Finding a dentist who is going to be honest about the condition of your teeth is essential. It is not always easy to find a reputable dental practice. There are some prudent things you can do during your search to make sure you are choosing a good dentist.

Tip #1 in a Dentist Search: Ask your friends, acquaintances, and co-workers. One of the best ways to find a reputable dentist is to ask your friends about their dentists. They can give you insight as to “bedside manner” and the kind of work they do. Make a list of the bad dentists and good dentists you hear about. Often, people go directly to their insurance provider to choose a dentist. It is better to get personal references first, and then check on insurance availability.

Tip #2 in a Dentist Search: Make a list of possibilities. Finalize your list based on what you friends have told you. Then check to see which of those dentists accept your insurance.

Tip #3 in a Dentist Search: Make a list of what you need in a dentist. Dentists have specialties. Compare what you need to the specialties of the dentists you are considering. If you only need routine check-ups and cleanings, a general dentist will suffice. If you have children, you may want to see if the dentist does periodontal work. If you are looking for cosmetic work, you will need to consider a dentist who specializes in cosmetic dentistry. Some cosmetic dentists will not do traditional work like root canals or wisdom teeth pulls. It is very important to consider specialties when choosing a dentist.

Additionally, you should consider location of the dentist. If you are going to be going often, you may want to choose a dentist close to your home. If you will be seeing the dentist on your lunch hour, you should choose one close to your office.

Tip #4 in a Dentist Search: Call the dentists on your list. Talk to the receptionists in the dental offices on your list. While you likely will not be able to talk to the dentist, you can ask the receptionists questions about hours, payment policies, and appointment availability.

Tip #5 in a Dentist Search: Check the Internet. The Internet can be a wealth of information. Some if it is reliable. Other information you find on the Internet is not so reliable. However, you should check it anyway. Check the Internet to see if there are any glaring “red flags” about the dentists you are considering. You can’t trust everything you read, but it is prudent to check anyway.