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535 Gordon StCorpus Christi, TX 78404
Dr. Sciantarelli and his staff are exceptional and awesome. I am impressed that they call you by name and genuinely seem glad to see you. Dr. Dan is hilarious and excellent at what he does. The whole staff puts you at ease when you walk in. The followup phone call that Dr. Dan makes the even…
4822 Holly RdCorpus Christi, TX 78411
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6200 Saratoga Blvd, #2-102Corpus Christi, TX 78414
From Business: Charles M. Allen, DDS offers General and Cosmetic Dentistry. The friendliest and most relaxing dental office in Corpus Christi. We look forward to making you part of our "Smiles by the Sea" family. Where beautiful smiles are born!
5622 Everhart RdCorpus Christi, TX 78411
From Business: Dr. Demetrio Gonzalez would like to welcome your whole family to his new office. He and his family have relocated from Dallas to their hometown of Corpus Christi. Our office offers a personal and calming environment with new technical equipment such as digital X-rays. We are accepting most dental insurance plans, including…
3420 S Alameda StCorpus Christi, TX 78411
The longest, most detailed, and complicated dental procedure in my life was also the most amazingly comfortable -- thanks to Dr. Elizondo and his wonderful staff at Corpus Christi General & Implant Dentistry. My gratitude to them all for attention to detail -- and my comfort!
6120 S Staples StCorpus Christi, TX 78413
Dr Rojas and her staff are extremely professional and friendly. They put my child's anxiety to rest and had the upmost patience. Dr Rojas is very precise in explaining procedures and routine care. I especially love that she took the time to comfort me when I brought my 18 month old with an injur…
5525 S Staples St Bldg CCorpus Christi, TX 78411
From Business: As an orthodontist, Dr. Ingraham understands the importance of his responsibility to every patient, whether adult, teen or child. When you become a patient of Dr. Ingraham, you can expect nothing but the best orthodontics has to offer. Dr. Ingraham is the only Orthodontist in the area that is Board Certified
4461 S Staples StCorpus Christi, TX 78411
From Business: Dr. Janet Vaughan & Dr. O.B. Vaughan have been practicing orthodontics for a combined 50 plus years. Our practice is dedicated to creating individualized treatment plans with excellent results for every patient. We use the latest technology, like Inspire Ice brackets as well as Invisalign for both teens and adults. Call to…
SARATOGA, Bldg#2-102Corpus Christi, TX 78414
From Business: Charles M. Allen, DDS offers General and Cosmetic Dentistry. The friendliest and most relaxing dental office in Corpus Christi. We look forward to making you part of our "Smiles by the Sea"
737 Everhart Rd Ste BCorpus Christi, TX 78411
I have to say, I've always been a little terrified about visiting the dentist, but visiting Dr. Chang's Dental office has really put me at ease! At my first appointment, I was blown away with the kind, knowledgeable, and overwhelmingly sincere staff! The dental assistant immediately made me feel…
5425 S Padre Island DrCorpus Christi, TX 78411
From Business: Aspen Dental dentists are committed to treating you with the compassion and respect you deserve. They believe in providing care that addresses both your short- and long-term oral health needs. And they promise to give you comprehensive care in a judgment-free environment. Because at Aspen Dental, our dentists treat each pa…
6500 S Padre Island Dr Suite 16Corpus Christi, TX 78412
From Business: Dr. Yassin has over 25 years of experience. She treats kids and adults. She provides gentle dentistry and excellent services for her patients like teeth cleaning and whitening(one hour and take home), crowns, bridges, lumineers, partials, dentures, extractions, root canals, fillings and other services. She has hospital pri…
737 Everhart RdCorpus Christi, TX 78411
From Business: South Texas Endodontics has been serving Corpus Christi area's dental needs for over 20 years. We have licensed professionals on staff in the dental field and we can handle patients of all ages and circumstances. We work with all major insurance carriers and make your smile our 1 priority. Call today and schedule an appoin…
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After a horrible accident, I located Dr. Sciantarelli after extensive research for the best Dentists-Cosmetic Dentistry in Corpus Christi. I had fallen and smashed my face into the cement -- my front, upper teeth pierced through my lip; one shattered inside the lip and the other tooth was pushed backwards intruding into the roof of my mouth. At first, I was seen by who ever would see me -- but after being treated poorly, I decided to do my own research to find a dentist and a staff who truly put the patient first -- I found this in Dr. Scantarelli's office. When I first made an appointment, the staff was beyond friendly -- they were genuinely concerned for my well-being. They got me an appointment as quickly as possible, and ensured they had all the necessary information to help my situation. Whenever I had an appointment, I always received a curtesy, reminding call from these wonderful ladies the day before -- they always called me by my first name and always asked how I was doing. It was truly a pleasure being treated like a human being and not just another "appointment." Upon my first appointment with Dr. Scantarelli, all my worries and fears were gone. He was able to put me at ease and his concern was well beyond what I have ever experienced from other dentists. Without hesitation, he worked me into his previously scheduled appointments (putting more stress and work on himself) just so he could put a temporary cap on the tooth which broke off from my accident. You see, it was just before Thanksgiving and he did this so that I could take pictures with my family and have a somewhat normal holiday. This is the type of treatment you can expect when you become a patient of this wonderful office. Everyday, I count my blessings that I found them. Today, I have my smile back. You cannot tell I had been in an accident, their work is absolutely AMAZING -- but more importantly, I can look back at a very rough time in my life and remember the lovely group of people at Dr. Scantarelli's office who helped put me back together -- I will always be indebted to their care and professionalism.
I've been seeing Dr Ashley for about 3 years now. I didn't have the money or insurance to see a dentist while in college, so unfortunately my teeth needed a lot of work. When I finally got a job with good health benefits, I was SUPER nervous about going to the dentist. I was really embarrassed about the condition of my teeth. So, I started asking my friends if they had a dentist they liked. One friend recommend Dr. Ashley. My friend explained how she had been in the same situation as me. Hadn't seen a dentist in years, felt embarrassed, etc. "Alicia, you should try seeing Dr Ashley. She and everyone in her office is so nice. They really do all they can to make you feel comfortable." I am SO happy that I listened to my friend. I love talking to Dr Ashely and everyone that works there. They are all so kind and Dr Ashley has a great sense of humor. There I am in the dentist chair right in the middle of a root canal....and the only thing I'm concerned with is trying to hold in my laughter at a funny story that Dr Ashley and Liza are telling me while they work. When my root canal was done, i was in disbelief. That's it? That wasn't that bad! Why did I wait so long! I'm actually a little sad that they fixed my teeth so well that I don't have to see them as often! haha! I look forward to my dentist appointments rather than dreading them. I love that the office calls to remind me of upcoming appointments. Sometimes when someone cancels their appointment, they call and ask if i want to come in earlier than planned. That system has worked really well for me. Another plus is that I found out that Dr Ashley and I are both passionate about volunteering and helping the homeless cat and dogs in Corpus Christi. She even donated some things to the shelter I volunteer at. Her dedication to the animals is just another example of the kind and compassionate person she is.
I have trusted Dr. Dan with my teeth and the teeth of my family for 20 years. That sentence above conjurs up an image of Dr. Sciantarelli holding dozens of teeth in his hands, but that is not what I meant. Dr. Sciantarelli is an excellent dentist. He has assisted me with cosmetic dentistry, but that is not nearly the end of the story. When our youngest daughter was away at college and thought she might have a cavity, she wanted Dr. Sciantarelli and only Dr. Sciantarelli to take care of her. She asked Dr. Dan for help, he reviewed her records, and when she came back home on a break, he filled the cavity. Dr. Sciantarelli works quickly and efficiently, however, he is also able to calm the anxieties that are often engendered by a visit to the dentist. Dr. Sciantarelli was concerned about possible TMJ in our son. The orthodontist and surgeon who were involved in his successful operation commented on how Dr. Sciantarelli's timely identification of the problem avoided some painful experiences for our son. Dr. Dan's office staff should also have a generous measure of praise. They are always personable and caring, quick to allay fears and share a joke. When the people "on the front line" are always helpful, you know you are in the right place. Did I also mention that Dr. Sciantarelli made the most wonderful set of dentures for my dad? So, you see why he is our family dentist.
I went to Lovett Dental bcause they accepted my insurance. I (like many people have a fear of dentistry). I had a few bad experiences living in different parts of the country- so when I had to see about a tooth ache, naturally I waited until I was up all night in agony- Lovett Dental in Corpus Christi removed my tooth ache AND my fear of dentistry. They were very professional and courteous from the minute I walked in the door. I waited, (newsflash- expect to wait in a medical office- An auto mechanic doesn't know what's wrong with your car until he looks under the hood- good work takes time, I appreciate that). I was x-rayed-diagnosed, and given an exact estimate based on work needed, less what my insurance would pay, itemized out, all before I left. This staff is excellent. Dr. Gonzalez talked through each step of the root canal, letting me know more than just to "open wide", he really explained what and why he was doing, down to the types of tools and medicines! I came in pain and left PAIN FREE!!!!!!! This group is a model of professionalism, efficiancy, courteousness, and gentleness. In an industry that lacks most of these assets, I have no question that they will be growing and growing in the years to come.
Very Happy with Dr. Sciantarelli and his office staff for twelve years now. On my first visit to him, I had a mouth FULL of amalgam “silver” fillings that I absolutely hated. I also had bad memories of the dentist that gave them to me fifteen years earlier in my youth. I was having taste problems. Always had a metallic taste in my mouth, chocolate and cola sodas tasted like battery acid (not that I know what that tastes like). At my request Dr. Sciantarelli replaced ALL of my amalgam fillings for ceramic ones. The new ceramic color is the same as my natural teeth, so they are practically invisible. The best part is… that metallic taste disappeared in only days. The second best part is… I NEVER had any pain. He works very hard to make sure I am comfortable at all times. His staff is wonderful about post card reminders of appointment times and calling the day before, so I haven’t missed a cleaning yet… I could go on and on. Bottom line; I highly recommend Dr. Sciantarelli. Paula H, Corpus Christi, TX
My first visit to Lovett Dental proved to be a very good experience. Though I did have to wait close to an hour after my appointment time, the treatment I received made the wait seem insignificant. Dr. Tammy Lycos was both professional and friendly. She explained my problem in detail along with the treatment I needed. Rachael, dental hygienist who treated me was also professional and friendly and ensured that I experienced the least possible amount of pain during my treatment. I am that person who is afraid to go to the dentist, even at my age. After my experience at Lovett Dental, I am happy to say I am no longer "that person!" The front desk staff, as well as the techs I saw were all friendly and courteous and ensured that I was comfortable during my visit. While I waited for Dr. Lycos in the exam room, someone would come in (for whatever reason) and while there, would ask if I was comfortable and if I needed anything. Kudos to Lovett Dental's whole staff!
I was referred to Dr. Sciantarelli's office by several co-workers who raved about how flexible, caring, and knowledgeable he and his staff are. I must say that they were absolutely right! My overall experience was great! I was able to schedule my appointment during my lunch break so I did not have to take time out of my work schedule and I received phone calls to remind me of my visit. The entire staff was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable. Both Dr. Sciantarelli and his staff explained everything they were doing so I knew exactly what was going on. I also liked how they printed off a list of what my insurance would pay and then what would be out of pocket so that I knew upfront. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Sciantarelli to any of my friends and co-workers and I look forward to using his services in the future!
I've had a very real fear of the dentist since I was a child (I'm 54 now so it's been a long time fear). When I went to Dr. Sciantarelli's office for the first time I didn't expect for that to change but in the two+ years he's been my dentist, it's a whole new experience for me!! I have no fear and even enjoy going because I totally love him and his staff!! When the company I work for changed dental insurance carriers, he was no longer on their provider list but I will not even consider changing dentists. Dr. Sciantarelli does awesome work and so does his staff, and they all make me feel like I belong there!! Him and his staff have shown me that they care about my health, and that I look and feel my best. I'd give them ten stars if I could!! God bless you, Dr. S !!
When I was a kid, had a bad dental experience and have been putting off taking care of my teeth for years. I didn't think I'd ever be ok with going to a dentist. Dr. Ferrell and his staff put me at ease and were kind, caring, through and very fairly priced. Even though they were not on the list from my insurance plan, they DID take my dental insurance and I didn't have to deal with any paperwork. His wife runs the office so it's a locally owned family business with only one dentist so we know who we'll be seeing every time. He even gave me his cell phone # in case my tooth he worked on gave me trouble over the weekend. Taking the entire family there now. He's great with old people and kids too. Almost no time in the waiting room. Caring, excellent dentist!
I am a new patient of Dr. Sciantarelli, and, for the first time in my life, I can honestly say that I enjoy going to see a dentist! Dr. Dan is outstanding, and his staff of ladies are angels. Everyone is happy, friendly, and fun to be around. Also, I have to say that they are genuinely warm and caring. They call you after your visit to make sure you're OK. Dr. Dan himself actually called me the night of my last appointment to see if I was alright and if I needed anything! Now that is something you don't see, or hear of much these days!! I am so glad and relieved that I found Dr. Sciantarelli and his excellent staff. All of them are true professionals, and I will refer and recommend them to all of my family, all of my friends, and to everyone!
The human mouth is a complex biological system, and no two individuals have the same oral care needs. Here are some of the more common dentists people seek out to improve their oral health:
These dentists generally serve as the primary provider of dental care. If you need your teeth cleaned, crowns and bridges placed or any number of cosmetic procedures, book an appointment with a general dentist. Though not as common, these dentists will also provide more specialized services, including some forms of oral surgery - chief among them root canals and restorative care - fitting patients with a mouthguard and counseling people on how to stop smoking and what constitutes proper nutrition.
To become an endodontist means undergoing an additional two years of training beyond dental school. As a result, these specialized dentists perform more specific procedures beyond general teeth cleaning and repair work. While a dentist may perform a handful of root canal treatments in a week, an endodontist may end up working on 20 or more in the same timespan. Your average endodontist also repairs teeth damaged by trauma and performs endodontic retreatments, which is repeat root canal procedure. Their added training also means that the endodontist is much more adept at utilizing complex dental equipment - especially ultrasonic instruments or microscopes. Most of that equipment is used to improve the health of teeth that are affected by disease and even congenital deformities.
Proper oral care starts when you're young, and that's why pediatric dentists are so important. These dentists treat people under the age of 13, though there are exceptions based on a child's unique dental background. Pediatric dentists face unique challenges, because they must treat newly teething babies and children losing their primary teeth.
Though cleanings are an integral part of their job, pediatric dentists are mostly concerned with planning ahead. That means working to ensure the child has straight teeth and correcting an improper bite. However, they also help address more child-specific conditions of thumb sucking and an over-reliance on pacifiers. As a result, pediatric dentists usually require an additional two-year residency working with infants and children.
Pathology refers to the study of disease, specifically as it presents in tissue. Oral pathologists, then, are responsible for studying the diseases that affect the tissue of the mouth and other surrounding muscle groups. These experts are considered to be true specialists, having focused their work on very niche areas of both dentistry and pathology. Though oral pathology is rather specialized, it's a vital component of the oral health industry. By analyzing tissue taken from biopsies, oral pathologists can help diagnose and eventually treat a number of oral diseases, including leukoplakia, cementoma and squamous cell carcinoma, among others.
Similar to the endodontist, periodontists receive several additional years of training beyond dental school. However, whereas endodontists study advanced treatments, periodontists generally have a very specific field of interest. Your average periodontist focuses less on cleanings and more on diagnosing and treating gingivitis, periodontitis, which is an untreated form of the aforementioned ailment, and other periodontal diseases. Periodontists treat patients with more complicated oral care backgrounds, those people who require root planing - where dentists clean any infected surfaces - and root debridement, or the removal of dead tissue. Periodontists are especially concerned with proper gum health, including painful recession and teeth alignment.
Most of the aforementioned dentists are concerned with the health and well-being of a patient's teeth. While that is important to cosmetic dentists, they specialize in a number of different treatments meant to enhance the look or aesthetic of your teeth. To begin the average appointment, cosmetic dentists will examine your teeth for any imperfections or irregularities, and then suggest ways to make your teeth more white or properly aligned. The most popular such treatments are bleaching - where special chemicals are used to whiten your teeth - placing veneers or caps to alter the appearance of teeth, and bonding, where dentists fill unappealing gaps with structural replacement material.
Orthodontists are responsible for treating most dental irregularities, which includes everything from misaligned jaws - like an under or overbite - to overcrowding teeth and even certain cosmetic issues. Following dental school, the would-be orthodontist then has another three years of schooling, most of which is clinical experience in an orthodontic residency program. To properly diagnose and treat most dentofacial issues, the orthodontist relies on a collection of corrective gear. That includes braces, retainers and various facemask configurations. Though orthodontists work with people of all ages, the bulk of patients are young children and teens.
Similar to the field of orthodontics, the average prosthodontist receives an additional three years of training following dental school. And though prosthodontics is something of a cosmetic field like orthodontics, it's primarily concerned with replacing missing teeth. Prosthodontists have a number of teeth-replacing procedures to implement, including filling veneers, onlays and inlays, bridges, crowns and complete or partial dentures. Beyond their work in implant dentistry, these experts treat a number of other mouth-related ailments, namely snoring, post-cancer jaw reconstruction, traumatic injuries and pain related to lock jaw and other temporomandibular joint disorders.
Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist
Similar to endodontists, these specialists - one of nine such unique fields recognized by the American Dental Association - utilize machinery to treat and diagnose patients. Specifically, these dentists make use of radiographic imaging to treat those diseases and ailments that impact the teeth, mouth and the maxillofacial region, which consists of the face and jaw. While X-rays are a popular option, OMRs also rely on plain and computed tomography, MRIs, ultrasounds and other forms of digital imaging. OMRs are among the first adaptors of new technology, using innovations in the field of imaging to find increasingly effective ways at understanding the impact of oral disease and what that means to patients.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
Your primary dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you experience facial pain, or if he or she suspects you have some variety of oral cancer. OMSs are also your primary source when planning most oral surgeries, like tooth extractions, cyst repairs and removals, and dental implants. However, an OMS can also treat a number of other ailments and diseases related to the maxillofacial region. For instance, malformations in your facial bones can cause sleep apnea, and an OMS can perform corrective surgery that removes or shapes bone. Many of these experts are also involved with more cosmetic procedures, performing or assisting with facial implants and rhinoplasty, in which the nose bone is modified.
Dental Public Health Clinics
These clinics are available in most cities across the U.S., and they're meant to offer affordable health care to many low-income families and individuals. Though it differs depending on the specific clinic, the average clinic offers only the most essential oral care services, including X-rays, teeth cleaning, basic root canals and repairs, and tooth extractions. The fees an individual pays depend on a number of different factors, and most clinics have a sliding-fee that is determined equally by income and family size.
There are several different kinds of dentists, each one with his or her own specialty. However, there are a core group of ailments all dentists treat. Conditions include:
Tooth Decay: When your teeth fall out or begin to disintegrate in your mouth, improper brushing is often to blame. Certain infections also cause tooth loss or decay. One of the most affective ways to prevent tooth decay is with regular brushing and flossing right at home.
Bad Breath: As your teeth fall out or you don't brush properly, your gums and teeth begin to break down and cause foul odors. Other causes of bad breath include gum disease and oral infections. As with tooth decay, brushing and flossing are vital, as is regular tongue scraping and the use of mouthwash.
Teeth Sensitivity: Some people are born with teeth that are naturally sensitive to cold. A lack of brushing can also comprise your teeth's natural protection. The best method to help protect otherwise sensitive teeth is to use specialized toothpaste geared toward people with worn or damaged teeth.
Dry Mouth: Certain medications will cause your salivary glands to stop producing spit. This in turn can harm the structure of your teeth and gums. There are several at-home measures you can take to combat dry mouth. These include regular hydration, chewing sugar-free gum, which also hydrates your mouth, and avoiding mouthwash with alcohol in it, which dries out your entire mouth.
Teeth Grinding: For many people, grinding their teeth - also known as bruxism - is a subconscious behavior, usually the result of stress. It can eventually damage your teeth. The only way to treat your grinding habit is to meet with an endodontist, who will fit you with with a bite plate to mitigate the damage to your teeth.
Mouth Sores: Also called canker sores, these painful bumps are the result of irritation to the soft tissue of your mouth. These sores can make brushing almost impossible. There are a number of different causes for sores, including anemia or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. As a result, your primary physician will have to examine the bump, find its root cause and then help develop a specific treatment plan, including the use of corticosteroids to reduce inflammation or antimicrobial mouthwash.
Discoloration: Yellow teeth are the result of a number of bad habits, mainly smoking, drinking too much coffee and improper nutrition. Proper brushing can usually prevent discolored teeth before they happen. However, if your teeth become worse, many dentists will treat with a whitening procedure.
Proper oral care begins at home. The following are a few preventative measures you can take to keep your teeth and gums healthy. They just may reduce your time spent in your dentist's chair.
Remember Your Angles
When brushing your teeth, always place the brush at a 45-degree angle. That way, you're able to hit every surface of each tooth.
Don't Forget the Tongue
Within your mouth, your tongue is the largest source of bacteria. Be sure to brush it front to back and don't forget the sides.
Brushing alone isn't enough to keep your mouth healthy, and that's why flossing is so important. Each time you floss, be sure to have at least 18 inches of floss available, which is what you should go through if you use proper technique. For optimal control, hold the floss between your thumbs and forefingers.
Watch What You Eat
Sugar, alcohol and coffee all contain phosphorus. While some can prove beneficial, too much of this chemical can eat away at your teeth and gums.
Keep in Mind the Mouthwash
Though not a requirement, mouthwash can be helpful if used to supplement proper brushing and flossing. Most mouthwash brands contain chlorine dioxide, a chemical that targets the majority of oral bacterial strains. However, don't overuse mouthwash, as it can cause a number of ailments.
Proper oral care is an integral component of your greater well-being, which highlights why having the right dentist is of the utmost importance. Consider the following as you make an effort to find a dentist who will fit your unique medical history:
Find a Recommendation
It's important to use a dentist whom you feel comfortable with. Because that's difficult to achieve by simply choosing names out of a phone book, you should always seek out a recommendation. Whether it's a friend, family member or co-worker, this individual can offer intimate details about a dentist's demeanor, operating style and approach to patient care. Be sure to always ask plenty of questions.
Vet Your Dentist
Once you get a recommendation from a friend, don't simply book your first cleaning right away. Instead, meet with any prospective dentists to conduct a series of pretreatment interview. During this session, you can ask them about what treatments they perform most often, procedures they're not as familiar with, what accreditation they have or any organizations they belong to and how their offices handles insurance and payments. Just be aware that booking this time can be difficult based on a dentist's schedule.
Consider Accessibility and Other Factors
Perhaps you've met a dentist with whom you feel comfortable. Not only that, but this dentist's payment options are suitable for your finances. However, don't be so quick to make a final decision, as other factors may influence your choice. Is the dentist's office nearby, or do you have to drive out of your way? Is the office open at a time that will fit the rest of your schedule? How much flexibility will the dentist's staff offer in booking appointments? Though seemingly trivial, these factors are nonetheless important.
Check With Your State Board
One of the last things you should do before coming to a decision is to check with your state's dental board. Dentists must abide by different rules and regulations depending on where they practice, and the state board can outline what requirements your candidate must meet. These organizations can also offer information about any discrepancies in the dentist's background and if he or she has faced any disciplinary actions.
As with other forms of health care, insurance is a great way to both reduce associated costs and ensure you and your dependents receive the best care possible. However, you don't want to simply buy the first such plan you see. Here are some factors to consider when shopping for dental insurance:
Pick Your Plan
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all dental insurance plan. Instead, most people purchase three main varieties, usually through their employers. An indemnity or fee-for-service plan is just as it sounds and means you'll have to pay for annual deductibles and co-insurance payments out of pocket. A preferred provider organization is less costly, and you choose from a network of dentists. However, PPOs have some limitations and accompanying deductibles. Similarly, a dental health maintenance organization plan limits you to just a few choices of dentists, and one doctor handles all of your oral care needs. However, these HMO are usually much less costly.
Examine the Networks
As noted, PPO plans and dental HMOs work with only a select number of doctors. While that usually means fewer costs compared to other insurance plans or payment options, it also means you don't have quite as much say in the dentist who can treat you. That doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing, especially if you know who is in the network. Before purchasing the plan, you'll receive a list of dentists in each network. Do research on each doctor - just as you would when picking a dentist otherwise. From there, you can then pick a plan with doctors who meet your standards and requirements.
Consider Your Coverage
Sometimes, it's not just the doctor that you want to consider. For many people, even the plans with the best doctors are deemed a bad choice. The reason? The coverage is less-than-stellar. When picking a plan, you need to look at just how much you'll pay for each and every service. For instance, some plans won't cover your fillings or X-rays, while others may charge more or less for a crown or tooth extraction. Knowing just what you'll be responsible for is important, as you don't want to be caught off-guard by unforeseen charges. Depending on your employer, a human resources specialist can walk you through specific coverage options.
Make Your Plan Work for You
It's a sad fact that the dentist you want most might not be covered by the plan you've purchased. However, that doesn't mean that you have to look for dental services elsewhere. If you're truly comfortable with a dentist and you feel he or she can be an ally in your ongoing oral care regimen, then consider signing a plan to just keep that dentist available. That means potentially deal with costs and other insurance-related factors that you might have wanted to. If need be, you might be able to work with the dentist's office to address some of the plan-specific concerns.