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Choosing the Right Dentist


Choosing a dentist is no longer as simple as opening a phone book and finding the dentist office closest to you. If you hop on the Internet, you will likely find several dentist offices at your fingertips. With hundreds of dentists to choose from, how do you find the right dentist for you? One way to narrow down your dentist selection is to know what type of dental work you need. Most dentists specialize or focus on certain aspects of dentistry.

A general dentist or family dentist offers basic preventative care and dental health services. In addition to teeth cleanings, your general dentist will likely also provide tooth-colored dental fillings, root canals, tooth extraction, teeth whitening, and dental bridges or dentures. Visiting a general dentist helps you to detect gum disease or oral cancer early for effective treatment. A general dentist often focuses on other aspects of dentistry in addition to general dentistry. Ask to see if your general dentist is also a cosmetic dentist, dental implants dentist, or sedation dentist.

A cosmetic dentist focuses on restoring and enhancing smile esthetics (or appearance). Whether you have a chipped tooth, discoloration, or a crooked smile, your cosmetic dentist can help you improve almost any aspect of your smile. Many cosmetic dentists can do full smile makeovers, or more simple treatments like teeth whitening or clear braces. A cosmetic dentist usually offers dental crowns, porcelain veneers, dental implants, teeth whitening, and other restoration treatments. Visiting a cosmetic dentist is not about being vain; a cosmetic dentist knows that enhancing your smile increases your confidence level and makes a good first impression in social and career settings.

A dental implants dentist is trained in the most effective and advanced tooth replacement procedures. A dental crown, implant-supported bridge, or implant-supported dentures are attached to dental implants to replace one or more teeth. At an initial consultation, your dental implants dentist can assess your oral health and bone density to determine whether you qualify for dental implants.

A sedation dentist provides dental sedation as an additional service to help patients feel relaxed and calm during any dental procedure. If you have dental anxiety, or simply dislike sitting in the dental chair for a long time, a sedation dentist can help you release muscle tension and feel comfortable during your dental visit.

Many dentists provide several dental services, while others focus on one specific area. Make sure that the dentist you choose is well trained and experienced in the services that you need. Crown Council dentists are held to high standards of excellence and are well experienced in their field of expertise. To find a Crown Council dentist near you, use our dentist locator on this page.