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2244 S Buckner Blvd Ste BDallas, TX 75227
From Business: Our office is designed especially for children. We offer state of the art treatment in a comfortable and friendly environment so that children may have positive dental experiences. Our office also provides comprehensive Orthodontic care. Our goal is to empower children and adolescents to achieve and maintain beautiful and …
2936 Valley View LnDallas, TX 75234
I was in alot of pain and needed a tooth pulled so i contacted their office via the website (at 345am). At 9am I received a phone call and I was able to go in by 12pm that same day. The reviews I have read are all very accurate and true. The staff are all very friendly and accomodating. I didn't…
4347 W Northwest Hwy Ste 128Dallas, TX 75220
From Business: At Contemporary Family Dentistry, the office of Dr. Richard E. Garcia, our goal is to provide the highest quality dental care with our patients’ overall well-being in mind. We strive to create an atmosphere of calm, comfort and confidence in knowing that we care for each patient like a member of the family.
11411 E Northwest Hwy Ste 101Dallas, TX 75218
From Business: Complete Family Dentistry for you and your loved ones. We offer quality affordable oral healthcare which includes but is not limited to Cosmetic Dentistry, Gum Care, Veneers, or General Dentistry. Let Dr. Fyffe meet your dental needs today.
6760 Abrams RdDallas, TX 75231
The most caring and attentive dental group I have witnessed. The whole staff is great and the Dr's are down to earth...giving you the best treatment plan first, then options if you're not ready or able to do full treatment.
611 N Bishop AveDallas, TX 75208
From Business: West Davis Dental, is a dental care service provider, specializing in preventive care, restoration and cosmetic dentistry. Based out of Dallas, Texas, the dental center offers preventive services such as treatment for cracked tooth syndrome, and early decay detection using a laser. Restoration services include dentures, im…
12300 Inwood RdDallas, TX 75244
From Business: All about kids dentistry is based out of Dallas, Texas, and serves the Northwest Dallas neighborhood. It specializes in pediatric dental care and orthodontics, and offers services for toothache, bruxism, tooth fracture, broken tooth, pulp therapy, eruptions, orthodontics, and oral hygiene. Sedation services using nitrous o…
107 Spanish VlgDallas, TX 75248
From Business: Dr. Hofmann is a General Dentist that believes in providing the best care at affordable prices; using the latest cosmetic materials, some of the best labs, effective preventive methods, and modern technology such as new electric hand pieces, Ceramics, and Digital Radiography (which decreases your x-ray exposure by six fold…
Dallas, TX 75220
From Business: At Jefferson Dental Clinics, we are committed to quality, low cost dental care. We serve you with the best affordable dentists, are open late and Saturdays, and accept dental emergency walk-ins. We have over 40 dental offices in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Houston. We accept most dental insurance, Medicaid, Medicare, CHIP and …
2800 Valley View LnDallas, TX 75234
Valley View Dental will work with you on a personal level with ���� and respect. You can't receive the care from another dentist that I know of but you can with Valley View Dental.
4611 Columbia Avenue, Suite # 104Dallas, TX 75226
Went there with an emergency on a Saturday w/o reservation and w/o insurance. Took me in right away. Very friendly staff. Very clean and modern looking facility. The doctor on duty was very personable and took time to explain all the options for a replacement of a crown that had fallen out. Fee…
3140 W Northwest HwyDallas, TX 75220
From Business: Duran Dental Center is based at Dallas, Texas, and provides dental care services to the Northwest Dallas and Bachman-Northwest Highway neighborhoods. The clinic offers general, cosmetic and special dentistry services. The general services include treatment for bridges, crowns, onlays, inlays, fillings, root canals, reconst…
3001 Knox St Ste 300Dallas, TX 75205
From Business: We provide gentle, family oriented dental care to the adults and children of this community. We utilize the best equipment sterilization techniques available to dentists. In addition to general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry, we work with specialists in Periodontics (gum diseases), Implant dentistry and Endodontics (root…
7120 Campbell Road, Ste. 109Dallas, TX 75248
I must say that everyone here was so nice you are all great and make the greatest team. It was so nice to see you all working together and very nice to meet you I love my new dental office.
2428 W Illinois AveDallas, TX 75233
They made sure every single question I had was answered, and are always available if I think of any more questions I want answered. Their staff is the most friendly, welcoming staff I've ever dealt with. They are so warm and professional, and make the whole experience that much better. I was so …
2425 S Cockrell Hill Rd Ste ADallas, TX 75211
My children and I have been patients of Cockrell Hill Dental for several years. There are numerous dental offices closer to home, but I've chosen CHD because of the care that my children and I receive at this office. My daughter is terrified of the dentist, but the staff at this office has done …
5400 Lyndon B Johnson Fwy Ste 944Dallas, TX 75240
The organization is close to my house and did a great job with my best friends cleaning. I found out that the price was reasonable and my teeth are much better now. My son is another story. He cried and will have to come back when he is out of school.
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I came here with a friend of mine who wanted a second opinion after receiving a treatment plan from another dental office (Mint) that wanted to replace 4 teeth with implants. He called Bethel and got an appointment the same day. Dr. Egede did a complete exam with xrays and determined that none of his teeth needed removed. Dr Egede prioritized what needed to be done which was three fillings and a root canal. The root canal was scheduled for that Friday. My friend, who has dentist-phobia, came out after having the root canal with an intact tooth and cured of his fear of dentists, He had nothing but good things to say about Dr Egede. What impressed me about this clinic is: 1.) The staff is amazing. This is a very busy office yet they have everything under control and demonstrate that they truly care. 2.) The clinics priority seems to put helping people over maximizing profit. In addition to accepting private insurance they also accept public assistance programs like CHIP. They were also able to prioritize what needed to be done to make it more financially manageable. The treatment plan from Mint was $8,000 and they wanted a third party credit application to start treatment. The treatment plan from Bethany was $740 and he was able to keep all of his teeth. The big price difference was determining no need for implants, more competitive pricing on the root canal / crown and they didn't charge separately for items that go along with a procedure. Bethel is located on Maple Ave in a nondescript building. Don't let that fool you. When you walk in the office it is very nice, modern and very clean. It is the most up-beat atmosphere that I have seen in a dental office. There are many children but both times I visited everyone was well behaved which is what prompted me to write a review. They have the latest in equipment like digital XRAY and a very efficient staff. After visiting I have determined that this will be my new dentist. I grew up in a rural farm town where many people did not have insurance but were always treated with top notch care. This reminded me of that which is something you don't always see in the city. A+++ for Bethel Family Dentistry!
Very professional, and considerate Staff, and one of a kind dentist. about 2 months ago i went to a dentist in Mckinney. they told me they will do an implant abudment and crown for $2K. i went there. they messed up the implant: apparently they placed the abudment or whatever they call it wrong. and instead of a crown they placed a temporary crown for me. and they said the price given was for temporary crown AFTER THE WHOLE THING WAS OVER, and i am out 2K. after a week, i start having pain all over my mouth!! excruciating pain! the dentist who did the implant did not give me an appointment so i had to go other places. every place i went they told me that i have infection and it is going to cost me $3K to re-do the job. i called these guys, they took me in right away, on a Saturday afternoon, She told me i have infection all over the implant and put me on antibiotic right away. Did not even charge me for my visit or the prescription. what was amazing for me, she did not blame the other dentist for what happened, she was so nice to say these kind of problems are the risk factors, and did not put her colleague down, which every single other dentists i went to before her did! she told me very nicely, that she is going to have to Re-do the whole thing. she did the surgery in one visit. took the old thing out of my mouth and put a new thing back in and charged me $1.7K. I just want to thank her for what she did for me and tell other people who are fishing for a cheap price that, your tooth and health worth more than a couple of extra bucks, go to somebody who knows what they are doing, instead of pulling you into their office to be their practice patient, AND take your hard earned money!! do not be fulled bye the low prices out there.
Dr. Strempek is the nicest Dentist I have ever met! She is so caring with her staff and patients. I work with her a few times a month and would have my entire family come to her. (I'm a dental hygienist and I work with several Dentists and I have not written a review before but I sincerely love SDA!) I enjoy my time at SDA, everyone is very friendly and understanding and that is the atmosphere at the office. They do whatever they can to make the experience comfortable and enjoyable for everyone. Leah- at the front is wonderful so sweet and caring and will make sure you feel very welcomed. You will feel like a part of the family when coming here, personal is exactly what Dr. Strempek is all about. That and a gentle staff that can put you at ease. Dr. Strempek will treat you like a caring individual and will pay attention to your wants and needs specifically to what you want and need and she will remember you by name along with your entire family. Dr. Strempek is the best of the best in Dentistry. Don't be surprised if you soon you have to wait to get in to see her, she is a hidden secret and 90% of her patients are just straight referrals from patients that had a fabulous dental experience or an amazing new smile makeover that everyone dreams of having, people will drive hours and hours to see her. I met some plastic surgeons recently that all go to Dr. Strempek as well. She is just a wonderful person who is talented, humble and cares about her patients so I just had to write a review and express my happiness with SDA.
I was not only a patient of Dr. Mina Haghiri (she also goes by just Dr. Mina) but I have also worked along side her as one of her dental assistants. Dr. Mina takes her work seriously yet with a good attitude because she understands that every single one of her patients is important to her. Dr. Mina is gentle, patient, and considerate of your situation whether your there for a check up or a dental emergency. She will make sure you are fully aware and explained to about the procedure, whatever options are available to you, and whatever can be done financially. A few main attributes I most admired about Dr. Mina as a dentist is how professional yet friendly she was to EVERYONE. As a patient I never felt as just some JOB to her because she was so kind and very informative. As an employee she was patient and willing to explain to me anything needed so that the patient would feel confident with the procedure. Also as a patient AND an employee Dr. Mina would amaze me with how incredibly detailed and precise she is in every single procedure. I have worked for many different dentist before and since I have worked for Dr. Mina and not a single one compares to this wonderful woman.If you want a dentist you can have confidence with that they with show kindness and respect you enough to keep you informed then Dr. Mina is most definitely the dentist for you.
The First time I enjoyed going to a dentist!!!!! Dr. Haghiri is the most caring dentist I have ever been to. Her staff are very kind and helpful. since i was in so much pain, they took me in right away, and Dr. haghiri stayed late just for me! (not may doctors care to stay late just for one patient) So far Dr. Haghiri has done 2 root canals, 2 crowns, 3 extractions, sinus lift, bone graft and 3 implants for me. I could not be happier of my decision that I accepted to go with her recommendations. The Procedures were done fast, clean and with utmost care and profession. WITHOUT A DOUBT SHE IS THE MASTER IN HER WORK. I did not experience any major trauma or bedrest after my sinus lift surgery! A day and half resting at home and I was up and back to work 2 days after the surgery. My implants are perfect and I am very happy that I’ve got them. They feel just like my own teeth, no pain or swelling what so ever! Fortunately, I did not experience any problems during any of the procedures, and everything was as I was explained by Dr. Haghiri, and her staff. ANYONE OUT THERE LOOKING FOR A GOOD DENTAL SURGEON TO DO IMPLANTS, SINUS LIFT OR BOAN GRAFT SURGERY, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND DR. HAGHIRI. HER PRICES ARE NOT CHEAP, BUT FOR SURE ARE FAIR AND WELL WORTH THE SERVICE YOU WILL GET.
Dr. Strempek and her team are amazing! They are friendly and fun, yet extremely professional and top notch when it comes to the latest in dental techniques and technology. I have been a frequent visitor to dentists all of my life, but I have never felt so comfortable and confident in a team as I do with SDA. The office is beautifully decorated and is quiet and serene making it more like a spa than a dentists office. From the moment you arrive, you are greeted with a warm smile from Leah and offered water and warm neck wraps. Whether you are there for a routine exam or a major procedure (of which I've had many), Stevie (the dental hygienist) and Dr. Strempek make you feel very comfortable by clearly explaining everything they are going to do. Dr. Strempek is very thoughtful about major procedures and will always give you options when it comes to your care and make it a point to do what's best in order to meet your needs. I cannot say enough good things about SDA and I will continue to recommend them time and time again. Not only do they care about you as a patient, they care about you as a person and I couldn't ask for anything better!
Fairest Dental office Ever, Sexiest Dentist Ever! :) this dentist is one of the fairest dentists that i have gone to! She is so lovely and kind you wont believe it! she did 6 Lumineers for me for the 3rd of price that i was quoted in monarch dental! they showed me the certificates for all the parts and material they used for me, to make sure that i know they are not using after market Chinese made stuff for me! She did not try to rip me off and that's why I love her as my dentist. She and her staff were really professional and kind to me, and made me feel calm and happy. there were NO EXTRA CHARGES AND NO HIDDEN FEES!!!!! I paid exactly what they told me the service is going to cost me and not a penny. I love this office and i am sure you guys will too. I highly recommend American Dental and I am sure you will have a good experience with them. Negative: the only beef i had was waiting time, and as she explained for me, she does not cut the time short on her patients just because she has other patients waiting outside. and I am sure i would want her to do the same for me while she is operating on me!!!!
Every time I go to Wheatland Dental Care, I am amazed by their professionalism and friendliness!!! The staff always cares about giving me great service and my kids look forward to getting their teeth cleaned, too! (They get toothbrushes and floss and get to eat popcorn and watch movies in the movie area!) Dr. Sugg cares so much about me and taking time to explain areas of infection and what to do for preventive maintenance! He will point out pictures and gives me handouts that have diagrams to better explain what is going on in my mouth! Whenever I go in for dental work, I am always offered a blanket and radio by one of his wonderful and experienced dental assistants! Those rooms can get cold! The dental chairs have massagers and heaters though! I've been coming here for years and recommend it to any of my friends looking for a dentist! You should try it out! They're the nicest people and they really care about getting your mouth healthy and keeping you comfortable while they're at it!
One of the best things about Dr. Brown's practice has always been his wonderful and competent staff, so when he retired last year, the transition to Dr. Chei was almost seamless. Knowing how excited they were about his arrival (even though they were going to miss Dr. Brown!) gave me confidence to not even think about changing dentists. I've found Dr. Chei to be one of the most caring health care providers I've been to in my life (and I qualify for AARP), and he is both personable and up-to-date on the latest technology and skills. Knowing I most likely will have my first implant in the near future, I am reassured that it will be Dr. Chei doing the procedure. It has also been fun watching all the modernization Dr. Chei and his decorator wife have done to the office. It is bright, cheery and welcoming...with more changes said to come. All that being said, best wishes to Dr. Brown for all the great care over the years--and rest assured that all your old patients are in the best of hands!
She Extracted 6 teeth from my mouth and placed 4 IMPLANTS in less than 2.5 hrs. I was back up and working the day after!!! I did not have any complication or major pain. She placed my new teeth about 4 months after, and I should say, they are better than my own! I could not be happier of my decision to go with implants as oppose to a denture hanging out in my mouth, and I suggest to everyone to do the same! Dr. Mina is so professional and so gentle that I would recommend her to everyone as well as my own family members! Her Office is a mid size dental office and the environment is so warm and friendly that makes a patient feel like they are at home! She does not make a big deal out of a procedure. The way she acts makes me feel calm and confident. EVERYONE, CHOOSE HER AS YOUR DENTAL SURGEON!!!!, PAY A LITTLE MORE BUT BE TREATED WITH A PROFESSIONAL RATHER THAN THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING!!!!!!!!!!! Thank You Dr. MINA
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.