Dentists have an interesting role in our lives. For many of us, it is something that we put off until it is absolutely necessary to see one for a regular cleaning or to eliminate a painful problem with a tooth.
For many that don’t have a regular dentist, when you need one in an emergency you can’t be certain that you will be able to find the best dentist for your needs. That’s why you should be looking for one now.
But how do you go about finding a good, reliable and skilled dentist when you may not need their services for several months? It’s not as hard as it sounds and it is easier to take your time with the selection process when you do not have any pressing oral health conditions.
Here are a number of tips on what to look for and ask when you are choosing your dentist.
How To Find The Best Dentist Near Me
As it turns out, there are several resources at your disposal when it comes to looking for a dentist. In addition to the internet where you can search and read reviews at your leisure in the comfort of your home, you may know others who can give you first-hand assistance based on their experiences. They include the following:
- Ask the people closest to you for honest, open feedback on their dentists. You can approach family, friends, co-workers and neighbours for their suggestions and input.
- Ask medical professionals already in your life who you trust. Your family doctor, chiropractor or even a pharmacist may be able to give you recommendations.
What To Look For In A Dentist
When you are looking for a dentist, you are looking for someone with which you can have a long term professional partnership. Instead of this being a business partner, your dentist will become your oral healthcare partner. It is important to find a dentist you are comfortable with and can speak freely to regarding all of your dental needs and concerns.
Here are some things to consider:
Are they convenient and fit into your schedule? How do they handle emergencies after hours? Is there a policy regarding missed appointments?
Can you easily access the office from either your home or place of work? Our dental centre is located in the heart of Forster for your convenience.
Where was the dentist trained and educated? Does the dentist attend continuing education seminars, conferences, and workshops?
What approach is used for preventative dentistry? Is the dentist certified to administer anaesthesia and what types are used?
What are the fees and are payment options available?
What To Look For In The Dental Clinic
The dentist’s office may be your first point of contact with your oral health care professional. There are several things to look for and observe that will help you to determine if this is a good choice for your long term professional relationship. They include the following:
Is the office/reception area clean, tidy, organised and appear to be well cared for?
Is the receptionist/dental staff friendly, helpful and can they answer your questions?
Do the staff and dentist wear protective gear (gloves, masks) during treatment of patients?
What Are The Different Dental Procedures?
When choosing the best dentist to take care of your oral health, you will want to know that they are capable of performing many different dental procedures. With few exceptions, you should be able to have any kind of dental work completed without having to see a specialist if you choose the right dental professional.
Here are the common procedures that should be available:
This is a restorative procedure where decayed, chipped, discoloured or fractured teeth can be repaired with the use of a composite resin that is tooth enamel colour matched to your teeth.
Braces & Teeth Straightening
Misaligned teeth and bite-related issues are corrected through the use of braces. Braces, including Invisalign clear braces, are devices that use steady pressure on teeth to straighten them over a period of time.
Both of these are used to replace missing teeth. A bridge uses an anchor in healthy neighbouring teeth to stay in place. Implants are false teeth that are anchored into the jaw bone for support.
As the name implies, crowns and caps sit over the entire tooth to protect broken, cracked or damaged teeth.
Partial and full dentures are removable appliances that replace a number of missing teeth.
In simple terms, this is the removal of a damaged tooth or number of teeth.
Cavities are often the cause for a filling to be inserted into a tooth. The filling is made of restorative materials that allow the tooth to be saved.
This is a procedure that is required in order to combat gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can result in gum and tooth loss.
Oral Cancer Exams
This should be included in a regular check-up. The exam involves observations of any tissue changes including lumps forming in your neck, head, inside your mouth or on your face.
A required treatment for diseased or abscessed teeth which involves opening an infected tooth, cleaning it and then filling and resealing the opening.
Applied to the chewing surface of teeth, more specifically back teeth, sealants protect teeth from bacteria that can result in decay.
The teeth whitening procedure is becoming more and more popular. This treatment is used in returning stained and discoloured teeth back to their natural appearance through the use of on-site or in-home bleaching agents.
These are strong ceramic or resin materials that are bonded to teeth to repair chips, cracks, decay, and staining.
Wisdom Teeth Extraction
For some people, their wisdom teeth can cause issues with surrounding teeth and discomfort. A common practice is to remove wisdom teeth before they cause issues.
For More Information
If you require additional information on dentists in your area all you need to do is contact the licensing authority where you live. They will have a listing of the dentists who are licensed and are in good standing within their profession.
Finding a good dentist is not hard if you know what you are looking for. Hopefully, this article has made your selection process easier.
Of course, if you have any questions about what our dental practice in Forster can do for you, then please get in touch.