Finding the right dentist for you and your family can be as difficult as finding a parking space in a crowded shopping center.
There are thousands of dentists in practice, each with their own specializations, locations, and office hours — how do you find that one dentist who’s right for you?
If you don’t have a dentist at the moment, you may have moved to a new area, suffer from dental phobia, or have other reasons for not having chosen a dental practice.
And oftentimes a dentist is the last thing on someone’s mind. But, not having a dentist makes no sense, because beyond your doctor, your dentist may well have the greatest impact on your health, both dental and general.
At True Dental Care in Preston, we offer you these general tips to help you search for a dentist, and expect that after your search you will settle on us!
Finding potential dentists
Ask people you know and trust for recommendations. Ask family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers for their recommendations. If they are available, ask your family doctor or local pharmacist.
If you’re moving or have moved, ask your current/previous dentist for a recommendation.
Finally, you can contact your local dental society for their recommendations.
Use the Internet. Search engines are a great place to search for dentists. Review sites like Yelp allow you to read others’ opinions about a dental practice. These websites are only as good as their users, so look for reviews that seem detailed and tell a story: These reviews tend to be more complete and honest.
Take a look at the dentist’s website and blog. A dental website is a quick snapshot of the impression a dentist wants you to have. Use it to browse patient testimonials, view pictures of the office or videos explaining procedures, and read the dentist’s blog. The website usually contains information about the dentist’s qualifications, experience, and the treatments offered.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Dentist
Professional qualifications. The dentist’s office should be able to tell you about the dentist’s training. If the staff seems uncomfortable answering your questions, or you don’t like their answers, give them a pass. Normally a dental practice will be happy to tell you their qualifications.
Location. You need a dentist that is easy to reach.
Hours of operation. Make sure the dentist offers convenient hours.
Services offered. Look for a broad range of services and any specific treatment you or your family might need.
Fees. Cost is a critical thing to consider when choosing a dentist who “fits the bill”. Does the dentist accept your insurance? Does the dentist offer multiple payment options (credit cards, personal checks, payment plans)? If your insurance plan requires referrals to specialists, can this dentist provide them?
Staff. Polite, friendly, and efficient staff can make your entire experience better.
Set a Meeting
Choosing your dentist means calling and visiting potential dentists to find one that fits your. How you are treated on the phone can be an indicator of how friendly the dental practice is. Before visiting, draw up a list of questions for the dentist and support staff.
Here are some questions to ask a potential dentist.
- How long has the dentist been in practice?
- What is their recent training?
- How long has the dentist been at their current location?
- Does the dentist treat patients with any special issues you have?
- Does the dentist see children as well as adults?
- How long does it take to get an appointment?
- Is the dentist’s technology up to date?
- What kind of emergency, after-hours care does the dentist provide?
- Does the office accept your insurance?
If you ask the right questions, finding a perfect dentist can be surprisingly simple.
When visiting a dentist’s office look for the following clues:
- Is the office clean, neat, and orderly? Are all surfaces and equipment in the treatment room clean?
- Is the dental staff helpful and willing to answer your questions?
- Do the dentist and staff wearing gloves and other protective gear during patient treatment?
By looking carefully, you can find the right dentist!
True Dental Care for your Dental Health
True Dental Care is established upon a passion for healthy beautiful smiles. Our team comprises of Australian Trained Dentists, nurses and a prosthetist. We offer general dentistry, implants and cosmetic dentistry, and emergency services, all in our advanced facility with cutting-edge technology and highly-trained staff.
We understand that visiting a dentist can be overwhelming for many reasons. We treat you with respect and empathy and as all health professionals should, without judgment.
We can be found near the corner of Donovan St and Bell St and a convenient 25 meters from the Bell Train Station! Our convenient offices are on the ground floor.
True Dental Care Preston offers a large range of treatment options from pain management to implants and invisalign.
Call (03) 9131 5952 or visit us at 358 Bell St in Preston.