Last week, one of my long-time patients visited me for a routine checkup and while she was there, she let me know that she would be moving up to Edison NJ very soon. She mentioned to me that her husband would likely need to have dental implant treatment within the next few months, and she asked me if there was another practice that could provide in-house treatment like mine. Fortunately, I knew just the one for them! While I hate to see my patients receiving such an important treatment elsewhere, it sometimes can’t be helped. I shared the information from a wonderful practice with in-house dental implant experts who have a great track record for treatment. After sharing the recommendation with her, I started mulling over the other types of things that people might want to consider when they’re looking for a new dentist. I came up with 6 important questions that can help guide you when deciding on a new practice to call home.
One: Are their treatments comprehensive?
There’s nothing more bothersome than being told by a doctor that you need a specific treatment for something that they can’t help you with. You shouldn’t have to go to multiple different specialists to receive treatment. Check to see the different comprehensive services your practice of choice offers before you commit, and that way you can be sure that they can take care of you in-house, regardless of your specific needs.
Two: Is their technology modern?
The world of dental technology is constantly evolving, and the methods of treatment rely heavily on it. It’s important to make sure that the dental practice you choose is keeping all of their technology modern and up to date so that they can provide the highest quality of care possible to you.
Three: Will the care be personalized?
No one wants to feel like they are just another appointment being checked off of their dentist’s schedule for the day. One of the key things that keeps patients going back to the same dental practice for years is the relationship they build with their dentist. A dentist who listens to you offers one-on-one care, and caters to your specific needs will make all the difference!
Four: Do they accept my dental insurance?
One of the most important things you want to know before you walk into a new dental office is whether or not your insurance will cover the treatment. Some insurance companies require that a practice be in their network of offices. This is information you can likely find on their website, and you’ll want to make sure you do your research beforehand so that you are fully prepared for what to expect financially going in.
Five: Is the dentist continuing to grow their knowledge and skills?
Because dental treatments and procedures change so frequently, it’s important to know that your dentist is doing everything in their power to continue to advance their levels of skill and knowledge. Knowing that your dentist will be equipped to provide you with the most superior care is also a great way to help alleviate any uneasiness you might feel.
Six: Do they have good reviews?
A great gut check for whether not a certain practice is right for you is to see what other patients have to say about the care they have received. Just like you wouldn’t buy a new piece of technology without reading reviews first, it’s important to know how the dentist’s care stands up to that of other practices. If you’re going to invest time and money in visiting a new dentist, you want to know that they’re spoken highly of by their current patients.
Regardless of where life takes you, we hope that you are able to find a dental practice where you feel comfortable and at home when you walk through their doors. Make sure to keep these questions top of mind while doing your research, and you can’t go wrong when making your choice!
About the Author
At 918 Dental, we always put our patients first. We know that your life is a busy one and that receiving comprehensive treatment from a dentist you know and trust is important to you. It is our top priority to ensure that you receive only the highest quality of care, and we are committed to enhancing our skills and knowledge through regular continuing education. There is nothing we won’t do to make sure that you feel at home and comfortable at our practice. If you would like to schedule an appointment, you can request a date and time online or call (918) 216-1000.