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How do I find a good Dentist?

October 18, 2023

Finding a good dentist can be a daunting task, especially if you have recently moved to a new area or are looking to change your current dental provider and you do not know where to start. In this blog post, we will discuss how to find a good dentist that meets your needs and preferences.

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Finding a good dentist can be a daunting task, especially if you have recently moved to a new area or are looking to change your current dental provider and you do not know where to start. In this blog post, we will discuss how to find a good dentist that meets your needs and preferences.

The first thing to consider is: What sort of treatment am I looking for?

If you are looking for routine regular dental care to keep your mouth healthy, there are a lot of good dentists who will be able to meet your needs. Good dental health is essential for maintaining overall general health, as many chronic diseases of the body, such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease, are directly related to poor oral health. It is therefore important to aim for a high standard of oral heath, which can be achieved by most dentists.

However, if you are looking for more specialised services, such as implants, tooth straightening, cosmetic treatment, or a full dental reconstruction, then you will need to be more selective, as the additional skills required to provide these types of treatment, require additional training by the dentist and their staff, and also additional equipment is often required, which not all dentists have in their Practice.

In all cases, the following considerations should help you find the dentist that suits you best.

1.     Ask for Recommendations

First and foremost, ask your friends, family, and people you know who they would recommend. Personal recommendations are often the best way to find a good dentist, as you can trust the opinions of those who have experienced the services first-hand. Ask them about their experiences with the dentist, the quality of care provided, and the friendliness of the staff.

2.     Check Online Reviews

Going online is another way of finding a good dentist and check their online reviews. Many websites allow patients to leave reviews and ratings for their dental providers. These reviews can provide valuable insights into the quality of care and services offered by the dentist. Look for dentists with high ratings and positive reviews, as these are often indicators of a good dentist or dental practice.

3.          What if I am very nervous about treatment?

Many patients feel nervous or anxious about dental treatment, which is quite common and perfectly understandable.  Finding a dentist who understands these feelings, and is empathic towards them, will be a great comfort to you. Some dentists provide sedation as a means of making you feel more comfortable about treatment, and this requires an additional qualification and training, so this may be an important factor for you to consider in your choice.

4.           Check Qualifications and Experience

When researching dentists, be sure to check their qualifications and experience, especially if you are looking for more specialised services. Ensure that the dentist has the proper education and training required to provide the quality dental care to meet your needs. Also, consider the number of years of experience the dentist has in their field. More experienced dentists often have better skills and are more proficient in handling complex dental procedures.

5.     Consider the Location and opening hours

The location and surgery opening hours of the dental practice may be important factors to consider. Look for a dental provider that is conveniently located and has office hours that fit your schedule. This can save you time and make it easier to attend your dental appointments. This is likely to be less important than the considerations above but may help you in your choice.

6.          Check Payment Options

If you are looking for NHS care, make sure your selected provider is accepting NHS patients. Many Practices now have limited availability for NHS patients, or none at all. A lot of Practices offer payment plans or financing options. This can help you avoid unexpected costs and make dental care more affordable, by budgeting over several monthly payments.

7.          Call the Practice to find out more

Once you have chosen a Dentist and Practice, it’s a good idea to speak to the staff at the Practice to find out more about them. They should be able to explain about their services, and explain their approach to patient care. This is very important, as you will want to feel comfortable with the people treating you, and that they understand your situation, requirements and needs.

8.          Schedule a Consultation

Finally, schedule a consultation with the dentist before committing to their services. This will give you the opportunity to meet the dentist, ask questions, and evaluate the quality of care provided. During the consultation, ask about the dentist’s treatment philosophy, their approach to patient care, and their experience with your specific dental needs. Some dentists provide an informal first visit free of charge, so that you can visit the Practice to see if you feel comfortable, before you make a financial commitment.

Above all, it is essential that you feel able to trust the people treating you, and the dentist in particular. Dental care is a very personal thing for most people and confidence and trust in your provider will probably override everything else.

In conclusion, finding a good dentist requires a bit of research and effort, but it is worth it in the end. Take the time to evaluate the options by going through the process above, and schedule a consultation. By doing so, you can find a dental provider who meets your needs and preferences and who you feel comfortable with and who you can trust. You can then be sure to achieve your dental goals and maintain good oral health in the future.

Ready to discover your new smile?