How to Choose a General Dentist
WHEN IT COMES TO CHOOSING A GENERAL DENTIST, YOU WANT ONE YOU CAN TRUST… Just locating the dentist that is nearest to your house may not be the best method. While location is an important element, several other factors such as education, experience, and the services offered should be considered when selecting your general dentist.
A general dentist usually offers comprehensive dental services such as teeth cleanings, checkups, oral cancer screenings, tooth extractions and some restorative services such as dental crowns or dentures.
In addition, many general dentists are trained in other dental services such as dental sedation, orthodontics, or cosmetic dentistry. Since all general dentists do not have the same training and experience, it is important to find a dentist that bests fits your needs.
Choosing a General Dentist
When choosing a general dentist, keep the following qualifications in mind:
Education and Training
Every dentist is required to complete a minimum amount of continuing education each year to maintain their license, but a general dentist who takes advantage of seminars, classes, and training beyond that minimum requirement clearly cares about providing the best quality care for each patient. You might also ask if your dentist is a member of any professional dental organizations that encourage their members to maintain high standards of excellence.
In addition to comprehensive dental services, many dentists are also trained in other dental areas such as restorative dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, implant dentistry, or sedation dentistry. Be sure to check on the level of training and experience that your general dentist has had with these procedures before moving ahead. If you can’t find a general dentist that offers all of the services you need, ask whether they have a network of specialized dentists they can refer you to if needed.
One of the best ways to see whether you like a dentist’s quality of work is to ask to see before and after photos of past patients. Most dentists have a selection to look through.
Hours of Operation
While perhaps not the most important factor, it is important to find out whether your general dentist’s hours of operation match your schedule. Many dentists only practice four days of the week, or have extended hours on specific days to benefit patients who work during the day. Some dentists also provide an after hours phone number or emergency contact number for patients with urgent dental needs.
Contact a Crown Council General Dentist
To find a qualified general dentist that best fits your needs, find and contact a Crown Council member dentist in your area today by using the search tools on this website. Crown Council members are committed to continuing education and high standards of patient care.