5 Tips on Choosing a Dentist

THERE ARE A NUMBER of reasons why someone might need a new dentist. They’re moving to a new area, the hours of their current dentists aren’t convenient for their work schedule, or they simply haven’t looked for a dentist yet. Whatever the reason, if you don’t already have a dentist, it’s a good idea to choose one now!  Preventative care is so much cheaper and better than waiting for a big, expensive problem to arise.

Five Factors To Consider In Your Dentist Search

Many variables play a role when you’re choosing the best dentist for you and your family. How you rank your priorities is up to you, but here are five items that we feel should be on everyone’s list.

  1. The location of the practice is definitely something to consider. How close is it to your home or to work? Is the distance convenient enough that twice-yearly checkups will be easy? Set up a range based on your answers to these questions and look for dentists inside it.
  2. What is the dentist’s reputation? Within the radius you’re willing to travel, which dentists have the best reputations among their other patients? Find out by checking Google, and ask around if you know any of the patients in person. You can also get recommendations from neighbors and friends.
  3. Do you need a dentist with a certain specialization? Do you need a family practice, someone particularly good with kids, someone who specializes in treating gum disease or root canals? Or would you prefer a practice that does most procedures in-house.  Be sure to research different types of dentists to find the one that suits your needs best.
  4. What kind of technology does the dentist offer?  Do they still take impressions and have temporary crowns instead of using CEREC technology allowing a crown in just one visit?  Do they work with most dental insurance plans?  Do they offer an in house plan for those without insurance?  If you need extensive work, what financing options are available?
  5. How comfortable are you around the dentist? It doesn’t matter how affordable and skilled a dentist is if you can’t relax in their practice. Go in for a visit ahead of time to get a sense of the place, the team, and the dentist.  Or check out their social media pages (Facebook, Instagram) as it often gives you a sense of the business.  Good dentists always prioritize patient comfort!

We Can’t Wait To Meet You And Your Family

Hopefully this list gives you a good place to start in your search for a great dentist, but if you’re still uncertain, come see us! We can answer your questions about our practice and find out if we’re a good fit for you and your family’s dental needs.

We love meeting new patients and do such a great job they stay on with us!


The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.