Choosing the right dental provider to care for your family’s dental health takes careful consideration. A good dentist combines clinical expertise with warmth and a genuine concern for patients. Some things to consider are:
Are the credentials of the doctor exceptional?
The schools that the doctor attended speak volumes about the doctor’s dedication to education and excellence. Any additional residencies or programs that the doctor completed also indicate that the doctor has a quest for superior knowledge and for the latest and best techniques.
Is the doctor quality conscious and invested in cutting edge technology?
Dentistry is a truly technology driven field where advances in technology can provide earlier diagnosis and treatment and superior results. The equipment and supplies that are available today can aid us in delivering quality dentistry that is far superior to the dentistry of 10 or even 1 year ago.
Is the doctor meticulous and artistic?
Because dentistry is focused on a very small area – the mouth, it is important that the doctor is detailed oriented. This meticulous characteristic may be evident in the doctor’s appearance and the way the office is designed, organized and maintained. Anyone can learn to play a musical instrument or draw. However, how you excel at musical performance or art requires natural talent in addition to practice. For example, many dentists advertise that they perform Cosmetic Dentistry, but that may not necessarily mean they excel at Cosmetic Dentistry. Another place to look at would be at the doctor’s before and after smile makeover photos. Look carefully for harmony and balance in the final smile, rather than just straighter or whiter looking teeth.
Is the doctor and the dental team caring?
The philosophies of the doctor are usually reflected in the dental team as a whole. Good people usually hire good people and good people usually are loyal to good people. Feel the positive atmosphere between the team and look for positive signs such as, courtesy, kindness, genuine smiles, and a passion about the services being offered. Look to see if the office has taken the time to invest in quality patient education materials for your benefit. Pay attention to whether the doctor and the staff spend sufficient time with you or if they frequently rush off to another patient in the next room. Look to see if they care of about your comfort level (e.g. availability of Nitrous Oxide, dvd movies, satellite TV, slow gentle injection, clean up towels after a procedure, a follow up call after major dental work…)
If quality is important to you as it is to us, we invite you to become our lifetime partner in maintaining optimal dental health and creating that “million dollar smile” for you and your family.