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7007 Hart LnAustin, TX 78731
Dr. Smith is an excellent dentist with excellent chair side manner. I can't even imagine cinnabun1 reviewed the correct dentist. The office is friendly, professional, and very competent. I've been a patient for about 5 years and will go nowhere else...ever.
3901 S Lamar Blvd Ste 480Austin, TX 78704
My teeth are very important to me. I was born with sensitive, cavity prone teeth ; consequently I have had a lot of fillings, crowns and root canals performed by many dentists over the years, but Dr. Van Wicklen's work is the best. He did a bridge and many crowns for me which look great and ar…
3622 Williams Dr Building 3Georgetown, TX 78628
I had been having a problem with my tooth for over amonth and had been to 2 other dentists and no one could figure out what was wrong. Whe I saw Dr. Davis she listened to what I said and we finally figured out the right tooth! The treatment on that first visit didn't take too long and that nig…
1008 N Mo Pac Expy Suite 100Austin, TX 78758
From Business: Great Expressions Dental Centers provides access to affordable dental care without sacrificing quality or convenience. Our talented and dedicated doctors and staff put the patients needs first because our patients rely on us to improve their oral health and we deliver it; one smile at a time. Choosing a neighborhood dental…
6800 W Gate Blvd Ste 136Austin, TX 78745
From Business: Dr. Mervyn Yankelson did his education at the Dental School in South Africa, and received a gold medal for his performance in prosthetics. He attended the University of London and received his M.Sc degree in the year 1970. Dr. Mervyn Yankelson was a former president at the local Dental Society, and he is currently a member…
1301 S Capital Of Texas HwyWest Lake Hills, TX 78746
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2719 E 7th StAustin, TX 78702
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7800 N Mopac Expy Ste 260Austin, TX 78759
I think like most of us I will do everything I can to procratinate going to the dentist. However on this occasion past procratination I am sure it what caused my problem.\r \r I woke up at 5 am with an excrutiating pain in my tooth, the kind that makes a manly man tear up kind of pain. I cou…
6211 W William Cannon DrAustin, TX 78749
From Business: The oral health of your entire family is our top priority at Rose Dental Group. We understand many of our patients have fear about visiting a dentist, so our staff is here to provide you and your family with excellent dentistry and a staff that treats you with the warmth and respect that you deserve. We offer convenient ap…
8500 Bluffstone CvAustin, TX 78759
Dr. Roquero is the best dentist I have ever known, by far. She is very thorough with your medical history, and very caring. Even my root canal was pleasant! She was constantly asking if I was okay and was very gentle. She even personally called me the next day to check on me. I have had my t…
11615 Angus Rd Ste 101Austin, TX 78759
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5608 Parkcrest Dr Ste 250Austin, TX 78731
From Business: We understand that visiting a dental office can cause people to be apprehensive. That’s why from the moment you first contact Brilliant Smiles, to your new patient experience, and throughout your dental treatment, we make every effort to make sure you are comfortable and well informed. As a new patient, we will send you a …
1717 W 6th St Ste 365Austin, TX 78703
Dr. Koprivnik has been my dentist for many years & has seen me thru several crowns & fillings. He's got the touch, I've never felt any pain! My teeth are beautiful, thanks to Dr. K, I love my smile. Everyone in the office is so warm & friendly, it's a great practice. 5 stars really a…
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I went to Dr. Haase for the first time 12/2/15 and again today for work to be done that was found in need of repair from the visit on 12/2/15. I can honestly say that he tops all of the dentists I have been to. I have been especially impressed with his strive for perfection, especially like today when placing my composite fillings. I have lived in a total of 7 states, and Dr. Haase has been the best dentist I have found to date. An orthodontist my kids go to in Bee Cave described to us that Dr. Haase's dental work is "flawless." Other dentists I have been to did not color match the composites well to my surrounding tooth structure and also left jagged edges on my fillings. Today, my new fillings look exactly like the tooth. In fact, the edges are so smooth, and the color match so perfect that I could not even tell there is a filling in my tooth! His ability to give painless injections is also most admirable as I have been to dentists in the past who have been in such a hurry to get me in and out of the dental chair that I experienced much pain during the injections. That was not the case today. I never felt rushed, and my comfort and pain-free experience in the dental chair seemed to be the #1 priority of my visit. I would drive long distances, even from another state, for a visit to Dr. Haase. The quality of care, skill level, and results are nothing less than perfection on every level! Here was the icing on the cake: Tonight, just a few hours after my appointment was complete and I was home, Dr. Haase personally called me to see how I was doing! He is only the second dentist in my entire life who has ever done this. Now that's a dentist showing genuine concern for his patients! Let's talk about the cost because that is always a big concern of mine, too. I never felt like anything was done that I did not know about first. In fact, Dr. Haase tells you, "I am going to tell you what I see, but that doesn't mean everything I see needs immediate attention," or something to that affect. You are able to see, in great detail, every tooth in your mouth on the screen in front of you with the camera he uses in your mouth. There was never any lack of communication on "necessary" treatment vs "optional" suggestions of treatment. Take my word for it. I've lived many places, and I've had a few bad experiences from other dentists, a whole lot of mediocre experiences, but I've only had two absolutely awesome experiences. Dr. Haase is one of those two awesome experiences. Please, make an appointment with him if you want a highly educated and experienced dentist to take care of your dental needs!
The office would get 5 stars if they treated me like the (drama) queen I am; suffered my every whim; & could cause me no pain. I have to say that I had read some reviews that might have kept me from Dr. Spencer but I am glad I went to him. I first went b/c (1) filed insurance; (2) took state of texas insurance; & (3) was taking new patients. I knew it was going to bad news, & being a total baby, I have cried almost every time I have been in there b/c the news is so bad but they are very nice and do everything they can to make sure you are not in pain. As a matter of fact, he is the first perio who has not hurt me during the measurement exam, and trust me, he was definitely under those gums; I couldn't belive it. You couldn't ask for a nicer group of people (office and dental). I had (what I consider) extensive surgery, about 3.5 hours of dental flap and bone grafting. Dr. Spencer hardly stopped; he was focused, called to check on me the next day, and further -- I can now CHEW, I have no PAIN (I have lived with pain for years), I can SLEEP, and I am able to take better care of my teeth. I am looking forward to my next appointment (I have never said this in my life), and if you need help, go see Dr. Spencer. I have had to adjust my expectations -- Dr. Spencer is a SURGEON -- he is not a day beauty spa provider that's going to coddle you -- but he is very, very nice and when I have needed to talk to him, I tell him, and he stops and listens because he is very intent on extensive treatment TO SAVE YOUR TEETH.
So being a grad student at UT we are offered a dental service which isn't that great, we wind up having to pay a lot out of pocket unless we find a dentists who has a deal with Delta Dental the DPO/Premier plan. So I found that Dr. Johnson will accept this plan and only charge what the plan covers. Thus, I walk out after a teeth-cleaning without having to pay a thing. Most other places charge much more than what my plan will cover so I would pay a lot more just to get my teeth cleaned. That being said it's not like this is the most amazing place on Earth. It's in a small building that he has worked out of for years on Anderson Lane and he does the cleaning himself. The place is not decorated for the elite but it is very clean and everyone is very friendly. The tools are all sterile and prepackaged. I have even referred three friends and I was anxious about what they would have to say about going there and they both really liked it. They had great things to say about Dr. Johnson. Therefore I feel good about writing a good review about him and his work. I would recommend this place to my friends who are struggling with finances and don't really care about going to a posh place to get their teeth cleaned.
This is the first 5 star I've given any place, but I think after 13 years, Dr. Tyree has earned it. He's the only dentist I've ever had in Austin. I won't lie. He's not cheap if you have to pay out of pocket, but he's well worth the money. He's not on my current dental plan, so I tried to use one of the in-network dentists once---BIG MISTAKE! You get what you pay for. If I'm going to go through the trouble to see a dentist twice a year, then I'm going to make those visits worth my while. I've been through many dental hygenists and they've all been great! Super nice, very professional, and good at what they do. I always feel like the Orbit gum girl after my visits. They always discuss whatever dental hygene problems they may detect, educate me about them, and then send me home with a goody bag of dental hygene stuff. I've referred 4 friends to Dr. Tyree's office and they've all loved him. After a major cleaning or toothwork, he usually calls patients later in the day or even on the weekends to check in on them. He's also got a ton of experience and helped me diagnose a major nerve problem that I had about 5 years ago. He was able to get me in to see a neurologist the next day.
Awesome, cool place. I am not a big fan of doctors or dentists, I never went to any dental office that much in the past. You can call me superstitious. Lately I started sensing some sensitivity with my teeth. I ignored it. Eventually it got really, really worse and the pain was unbearable. Started calling several dentists and couldn’t find many who can get me in that day. Finally this office was able to see me, and luckily at noon time so it was bit convenient to get out of the work. I ended up with couple of root canals and four crowns, that’s how bad it got for ignoring my teeth for so long. Because of the treatment I received, I felt obligated to write few words about Dr. Kyatam and her office. Dr. Kyatam is very genuine, trustable and very patient. She made me feel that it was nothing at all to have two root canals done. The office was kept very clean and smells good. Cozy atmosphere, feels like home, which didn’t sound like a typical doctor office at all. The staff was very cheerful and courteous. Over all my experience was great. I definitely go to this office for all my future dental needs.
I have had nothing but positive experiences and beautiful results at Urban Dentistry and Laser Spa. Dr. Urban and her staff are all very professional, kind and helpful. The office offers a relaxing, calm and clean feeling. My visits have always been pleasant and Dr. Urban and her staff make sure I am comfortable at all times. A wide variety of dental services, including cosmetic, are offered and the prices are comparative and reasonable. Urban Laser Spa is the new laser skincare spa that is located in the same space as the dental practice. I had an appointment with Allison, skincare consultant and was impressed with her wealth of knowledge and experience in her field of lasers and cosmetic treatments. They carry a full line of professional skincare products which I have already invested in and am loving so far. My next appointment is for Botox injections and I am excited and looking forward to it already. I would highly recommend Urban Dentistry & Laser Spa to family, friends and anyone looking to have a pleasant experience and noticeable results to follow.
My 9-year old daughter tragically broke her permanent front teeth. After visiting with 3 different dentists, I went to go see Dr. Reza at Austin Family & Pediatric Dentistry. I called him in the evening during after-hours during this moment of crisis. He called me back immediately and answered my questions and without hesitation asked me to come with my daughter the next morning. When I arrived, all the staff was so nice and friendly. Dr. Reza was very compassionate, informative, caring, and thorough with his evaluation of my daughter's broken teeth. He even explained to me the long term effects and also possible treatments as my daughter grows. After a few hours at his office, my daughter walked out with a beautiful smile and great teeth. Dr. Reza explained to me all the possibilities in terms of root canals on Tooth #8 and #9. Most definitely, I recommend him. It was very difficult to see my daughter with broken teeth. After the visit, my daughter has regained her confidence. I signed up my two children for future dental visits.
Dr. McFarlane, in my personal as well as professional view, is by far an exceptional dentist! His dental techniques (professionalism), mannerism, and sympathetic demeanor... is extraordinary! Dr. McFarlane is a dentist I would not hesitate to recommend/refer to anyone. It is not only difficult to find a physician who is compassionate and caring about his or her patients, but, to find a dentist who is such--coupled with sensitivity towards his or her patients--is extremely difficult as well. Dr. McFarlane is the most incredible dentist I have experienced, to say the least. Services rendered... well... I simply cannot find the applicable words. I can only state, "His dental work/skills, in conjunction with his caring mind-set, supercedes ALL that I have experienced"! Thank you, Sir! YOU compliment dentistry in the city of Austin, and, "an asset" to the vast population thereof. You are immensely appreciated. Respectfully, Rhonda Linn Du Priest-Estes
For about 7 months now I have been going to Lifetime Smiles every two weeks for my invisalign braces.Its affordable for someone young like myself and the appointment reminders online help me out a great deal with my bad habit of forgetting appointments. I am always welcomed with warm and cheerful personalities, and every individual working there always take the time to see how ive been and make sure everything is perfect before I leave.My teeth are a complex case, and Dr. Arzagar and everyone working there get as excited as I do the more progress my braces show.It shows they honestly care about every person they take care of.I personally dislike any dental work, it freaks me out. But going to Lifetime every two weeks isnt a hassle or any amount of stress for me,its welcoming, professional and sincere.I would recommend anyone to go here if they want to not just get fantastic dental services but to be treated as more than just another patient.
I've been going to see Dr. Ueckert for over 10 years. He's great. His staff is great and many of the nice folks who were working there on my first visit are still there. I like that. Everyone is super friendly. I don't have that anxiety about "going to see the dentist" that I'd had at other dentists when younger. The office is comfortable. He remembers my kid's names and always asks how they are doing. Dr. Ueckert takes the time to explain things in a way that I can understand and when my teeth have had some issues over the years he's provided options and alternatives and was sensitive to and respectful of my budget. Awhile back I had a friend who was in an accident and got a bunch of teeth knocked out. I called the office and Dr. Ueckert worked him in really quick and got him all fixed up. My buddy has been going to see Dr. Ueckert ever since. I can't say enough good things about everyone there. It's always a great experience!
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.