When choosing a dentist for you and your family, how do you decide which one is best?
As it turns out, these are ALL common ways that people decide which dentist to provide the needed healthcare for them and their family.
You want a dentist you can trust. You want someone who will take the time to sit and listen to what you are looking for. Is the dentist willing to do a “Meet and Greet” first to decide if your personalities blend well and do a quick office tour so you can look around, so you don’t feel like you are on an “assembly line”.
Some offices are set up to see dozens of patients a day and the trade-off is their prices might be lower because they see a higher volume of patients.
Some people prefer more of a “boutique” ambiance for their dental work and are willing to pay a little extra to be pampered.
In the sections below we will review a few ideas to consider when selecting a dentist.
Many general dentists have taken additional training beyond dental school to become “Board-Certified Specialists“. This means they spent at least 2+ years of additional training in the ADA recognized specific area of dentistry.
In dental school, along with general dentistry, dentists are taught the basics of many of these specialties and with taking additional continuing education courses or programs can do some of the work at the same level of care that specialist could provide.
That said, the more complex or challenging surgical cases are often better referred to a specialist who deals with those types of cases daily, rather than someone who does a couple cases a year.
Below are the recognized areas of specialties in Dentistry: