How to Choose a Dentist
By Dr. Everett Heringer on February 27, 2014
Have you recently relocated to a new town, or are you simply searching for a new dentist? The process of looking for a qualified dentist that meets all of your needs can be daunting to say the least. Fortunately for Bismark patients, a few tips exist that will allow to make the most informed choice possible for you and your family.
Picking a dentist is an individual process that will depend largely on personal preference ranging from insurance coverage to convenience. While your own criteria will no doubt largely play into your decision, a few surefire tips will help you educate yourself about a particular dentist in order to make a well-informed decision.
1. Understand Your Insurance Policy
Are you covered under an HMO or a PPO? Knowing what dental health benefits you’re entitled to will help you begin the selection process by immediately narrowing down your options to dentists that are covered by your insurance policy.
2. Determine Your Needs
Factor in your specific logistical requirements, such as location, hours of operation, and the services offered. Do you have minimal dental needs that are just for yourself, or are you looking for more broad-spectrum family dentistry? Do you need the dentist to offer weekend hours due to your work schedule? Making a checklist of what you absolutely need in a dentist will help you further narrow down your choices.
3. Ask Around
The best referrals are word of mouth. Talk to people you know and ask for their honest thoughts regarding their personal experiences with various dentists. Outside opinions can help shed fresh insight that is free of a business simply attempting to market itself.
4. Schedule a Consultation
Once you have narrowed down your options to your top choices, make sure to make an appointment to meet the potential dentist first. During your initial time with his or her, be sure to ask any questions that you may have upfront. Check to see if the dentist is a member of the American Dental Association (ADA), Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), or local dental society associations.
After your appointment, rate your overall experience, including the office atmosphere, the friendliness of the staff, and the cleanliness of the dental facilities and equipment. While these things may seem insignificant to some, all these seemingly trivial details will matter to you when you’re lying back in chair getting ready to have a root canal procedure.
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Choosing the best dentist for you and your family’s needs can no doubt be an involved process, but being equipped with the right knowledge can help you make a well-informed decision. It is important to know which questions to ask and what criteria to look for when making your choice. If you are currently searching for a qualified dentist, feel free to schedule a consultation at Heringer Dentistry today, where a professional and friendly staff offers a complete scope of family dentistry treatments.
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