Picking Your Dentist

Picking Your Dentist

by Bevon Findley (SU)

Picking your new dentist is a lot like hunting for the perfect pair of jeans; it needs to be comfortable and a good fit that leaves you feeling and looking your best. Whether you are looking for a family dental provider or in need of an emergency extraction, finding an exceptional dentist is worth the minimal time investment it takes to find them.

What to Look for When Picking a Dentist

First and foremost, when you are looking for a great dentist, education, training, and experience really count. For instance, a good dentist has often completed additional training in areas like restorative dentistry, dental implants or cosmetic dentistry. Dental boards keep specific records that can tell you about the dentist’s training and background.

You can also do a quick online search that can provide you with office locations, office hours, specialties, how long they have been in practice, office policies about payments and kinds of accepted dental coverage. Be sure to check out areas that are of specific interest to you and your family such as dentures, cosmetic dentistry, or whether or not they treat children on a regular basis.

Additionally, while a convenient location is always a plus, don’t be afraid to shop around a bit for the best care, even if it is a bit out of the way. The benefits of a skilled dentist who has a conservative approach (focusing on preserving as much of your natural teeth as possible), combined with gentle, caring hands that can deal with even the most complex restorative dental issues, is hard to beat and certainly worth driving an extra ten to fifteen minutes for.

 An outstanding dentist should have a comforting bedside manner that makes it easy to ask questions. After all, you want your dentist to be able to stand with you, and help you make informed decisions about your ongoing dental care, rather than one who would prefer that patients not ask questions. They should also have convenient hours, and a friendly, helpful staff that can direct and support you by truly partnering with you in your dental care.

You should also look for a dentist that has the ability to provide a wide variety of services including routine cleaning, dental whitening, and regular exams to help you take good care of your teeth. Outstanding dental providers should be affordable, accepting several different dental insurance plans or offering discounts, financing or special offers that will work with your budget, while still providing you high-quality dental care.

Another critical component is the dentist’s reputation. It is not unusual for good dentists to have multi-generational patients because patients refer them to their families and friends. When patients come back over the course of years, it shows that they are receiving great dental care. Bottom line: look for a dentist that fits your needs, your schedule, your budget and your unique life needs.

Are you ready to schedule that first appointment? Call Dr. Binder at 360 Dental Group today at (541) 689-1645, or request an appointment online. Our knowledgeable dentists would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you may have regarding your dental health