Finding a new dentist might be one of the hardest things that you have to do as an adult. For many, many people, their fear of going to the dentist is a real concern that keeps them from maintaining their dental health like they know they should. Finding a professional who you can really trust to help you care for your teeth and manage your fears around the process is not an easy task. While it might make it harder to start the process knowing that there is work involved, knowing that you’ll find a dentist you can trust hopefully makes it easy. When you’re ready to find a dentist (or find a dentist for your kids), start by doing a lot of research, including looking into their experience and reading their reviews. Once you’ve narrowed down your list, you can make an appointment to meet them and have a face-to-face conversation where you explain your fears and concerns. Before that, however, make sure that your research answers these questions.
What Are Their Qualifications?
The dentists that you’re considering should have degrees, and be licensed and registered in your state. Make sure that they have the proper credentials and qualifications before you trust them with your teeth.
How Much Experience Do They Have?
It is important to know how much experience a dentist has in the industry. While new dentists aren’t bad, inexperience is the leading factor in most negligence cases. However, a much older dentist may not be as up-to-date on technologies as a younger one. Look into their background, and perhaps even their schooling, and their years of experience, the same way you might for a doctor.
What Services Do They Offer?
It is important to consider the many services that your prospective dentist offers, not just to satisfy your immediate needs, but al for the future. Perhaps right now you only need a filling because that tooth is hurting, but the goal should be to also find a dentist who can cover your routine cleanings, extractions (if you ever need one), implants, root canals, and perhaps even cosmetic dentistry.
How Much Will It Cost You?
Finally, consider how much the dentist is going to cost. If you have dental insurance, do they take your type of insurance? If not, do they offer a sliding scale or the ability to pay over time for really large procedures? You may need to call them on the phone to get these questions answered, but it is important to know before the work is done.
Catonsville Dental Care Can Handle All of Your Oral Care Needs
Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and a commitment to comfort, safety, and relaxation, you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks, follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, and YouTube.