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2201 W Holcombe Blvd Ste 220Houston, TX 77030
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14535 Memorial DrHouston, TX 77079
I have, over the years had several experiences with different doctors. I have nothing but praise for this Doctor and his Staff. Root canals... oh my god the fear I had, but actually the whole experience was great from the girls setting my appointment to the welcome I recived upon arrival. Ever…
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1140 Clear Lake City BlvdHouston, TX 77062
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831 Frostwood DrHouston, TX 77024
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This was definitely the best experience I've ever had at a dentist, period! I, like most people, absolutely hate going to the dentist. I have had too many horrible experiences with dentists in the past. As soon as I walked into the door of her office, I knew I had found the perfect dentist. WOW! The office is ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS and feels like a 5-star hotel or spa! I have never seen a dental or medical office quite like it! I didn't realize I was in a dental office until I actually sat in the dental chair. Once meeting Dr. Wilmore, she totally changed my negative outlook on dentists and truly put me at ease! She has such a friendly, honest, and caring demeanor and is extremely thorough and informative of any procedure she is performing. She thoroughly discusses all your options, along with her opinions of what's best for your situation, and ensures that you understand what is the best treatment option for you before proceeding any further. Dr. Wilmore also constantly makes sure you are comfortable and pain free during your entire experience. She is extremely knowledgable and professional and treats you with such respect and kindness and she truly LISTENS to you and takes your thoughts and needs into consideration. Her attention to detail and perfectionism is unmatched. Before my treatment began, Dr. Wilmore showed me my digital X-rays on the high-tech flat screen monitor mounted above the chair so I knew exactly what the problem I was experiencing was. During my PAINLESS extraction and root canal I watched a video of the Virgin Islands that made me so relaxed I truly felt I was on a tropical vacation! Not to mention the beautiful view from the 9th floor windows overlooking the Memorial area. I seriously didn't want to leave the dental chair! I forgot I was at the dentist. The entire staff treated me with such kindness, respect, and hospitality that I truly felt like part of the family. You will not find a better dentist anywhere! GUARANTEED!!! Dr Wilmore is definitely one-of-a-kind!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!!!!
Dr. Rashmi Nandish is not just a Kind, Competent and Excellent Dentist, she genuinely cares for her patients' well being (particularly the Children) and one can trust her intentions and decisions are not motivated by office administration concerns. Myself and my daughter who is now 7 years old have been Dr. Rashmi Nandish's patients' since my Daughter grew her first set of teeth. Dr. Rashmi Nandish's motto of "prevention is better than cure" has paid off. My child and I practice good dental hygiene following Dr. Rashmi Nandish's guidance and my daughter is cavity free. Dr. Rashmi Nandish's office is welcoming and staffed with kind, polite, caring and competent staff. My daughter looks forward to 'going to the Dentist' because of the positive experience she enjoys there. At one time, she had one of her temporary teeth extracted because it wouldn't come out on it's own and she didn't feel any pain from the injection or removal of the tooth. Dr. Rashmi Nandish's Dental Office is quite a few miles from my residence but we wouldn't go anywhere else simply because the experience is like visiting Family. The office is well equipped with the latest Dental Technology and the minimal wait time goes unnoticed; with toys to occupy the children and a variety of programs to watch on TV for the adults, whether it's in the Waiting room or in the Dentist's chair. There are also magazines to thumb through. My daughter recently had a dancing accident during the weekend which resulted in her gums being split open revealing the teeth within. I immediate called Dr. Rashmi Nandish's Dental Office, got an appointment and my Daughter was seen within the hour. Fortunately (after X-Rays) the diagnosis concluded that the wound will heal. The teeth will be reviewed again during the next checkup. I recommend without hesitation Dr. Rashmi Nandish's Dental Office, to anyone looking for an Excellent Dentist for their Children or themselves.
I read a mixture of reviews about this dentist, mostly bad which in turn made me nervous for my appointment. I showed up and was greeted by Gigi at the front desk, she was so friendly and made me feel more comfortable and less nervous. I filled out my paperwork, and I was called in right away. Just to inform everyone, I HATE going to the dentist but I needed a cleaning and one of my teeth was keeping me in pain. I was given a tour of the office and the hygienist took her time and explained everything to me as we went along. She was thorough and super nice which also made me feel less nervous. The doctor came in afterwards and checked on my teeth. She then explained the issue about the tooth I was concerned about and gave me possible routes we could take. She made sure to answer every question I had and not once did I feel rushed in this office. For the first time I had a great experience at the dentist office and I look forward to going back. Also, all of the old reviews I read about were not true. I read you be able to see the person getting worked on in the next room...not true. I was in my own space so they must have fixed that or someone was overexxagerating. They also spoke of the massage seating in the waiting room and how the high prices were covering all of that. Well, there were no massage chairs but the seating was comfortable and the decor was modern and classy. I was given a prescription for antibiotics and I only paid $6.00. I'm sure the outrageous prices are because of the different types of insurance people have. Personally, I have gone to one other dentist down here (I've lived here for a little over a year and half) and it was a mediocre place that had me feeling like I needed another round of cleaning because they rushed me out the door and barely looked at my teeth. If I have to pay a little extra for a nice place with great people and great service then I have no problem with that.
Dr. Gullick is an amazing orthodontist. I was about to go with another orthodontist I had interviewed for my daughters braces when I got a second opinion on what she needed from Dr. Gullick, just to be certain. I am so glad I did! He assured me my daughter needed only minimal correction of her teeth, not the years and years of orthodontic work the other orthodontist was about to put her through. He was very friendly, kind to my kid and seemed to really like children. After an intial exam and questions he laid out all my options and left it to us to decide how to proceede and with whom to go with, no pressure at all. He is not exceptionally inexpensive; he was in fact the same cost as the other orthodontist we were talking to and his treatments would take less time than the other guys would have, But he included more things in his price (no visit co-pays, etc. -- it's all covered once you sign up and pay monthly. And he had many payment plans I could choose from so there was no way it would not be easily affordable to every budget. Most importantly, this orthodontist was not trying to con us into more treatment than my child really needed. He will have her done and out in a year, and the first guy wanted her two years minimum and then retainers to follow. This is one orthodontist you can really trust to tell you the true story. And my daughter loves going; she gets to choose from a gazillion different band colors for her braces and all her friends can't wait to see what colors she chooses after every visit she has! Hint: the lavender one's are exceptionally pretty! His staff is great, his office clean and the after school hours are plentiful. This is one orthodontist that is head and shoulders above all the others. In short, you'll love them!! .
daughters teeth were very crowded and crooked through no fault of her own. We needed to find an orthodontist that could change her smile as quickly as possible, that could support her at college in New York with affiliates in emergencies. We said a prayer and found Dr. Watson. Dr. Watson did an examination of my daughter and found that we needed to expand her jaw, then braces and the work would be extensive. We wanted to get this done as fast as possible working around her out-of-state college schedule. His hours make that very possible, which most doctors dont offer. Dr. Watson does not sugar coat things. He is very precise and gives his clients a true level of expectation of time and work needed to achieve the results. More importantly he cares for his patients. His staff if very professional and caring..Love those ladies!. He has a very state of the art office that we go to here in Spring. If we have any questions he or one of his staff always returns our calls. He also has a program that you can finance, paying monthly with no interest that was available to us which was great! They took our dental insurance as well and filed the paperwork for us. He is realistic as well in what a patient must do, and instructs he patients in proper maintenance as to keep your teeth white and healthy while the procedure in in progress. MOST IMPORTANTLY... you should see my daughters SMILE! This beautiful young lady, presidential merit Scholarship winner, attending one of the most presigious colleges in her field, interning at the New York Design Center in Manhattan, can now smile with confidence! Thank you Dr. Watson for your great work and uncovering that gorgeous radiant smile for my daughter...One which will last a lifetime! We Love you!
I had a great experience at Urban Dental Spa today. I needed some teeth whitening done and they offered the Zoom whitening which I had seen before on one of those ultimate makeover shows so I thought I would give it a try. I gave them a call and Stacy was very friendly and helpful. She took the time to tell me about their practice and lead me to the forms that I could fill out ahead of time instead of being rushed when I got here. She gave me another call the day before my appointnment not only to confirm my appointment but to make sure that I knew where to find them. When I arrived on the day of my appointment, I walked in and immediately was relaxed. Sounds of a little waterfall going on in the background and the surrounding were very pleasant. I was met immediately by Stacy who got me into the system after which I was immediately taken back with no wait whatsoever. I hate having to wait when I have an appointment at other places! Anyway, we get to the back, get me in a chair and in comes Liset. Now, I'm comfy, watching a great movie and I got two hotties taking care of me. Lot better than being at work.... They explained what they were going to do and aksed if I had any questions. The thing that goes in your mouth to expose just your teeth was a trip since I looked like Hannible with it in there but hey, made for a great txt message to my wife. haha. The procedure went VERY well and my teeth look worlds better than when I walked in. I didn't have any pain during the process which I really appreciated.... If you have need to for a dentist or some whitening like I did, I would HIGHLY recomend these folks.
My son, daughter and I are patients of Dr.Vijay Bhagia and I am writing this review based on our experience with our orthodontic treatment. We live 5 hours away and make monthly visits to Houston just to get treated by Dr. Bhagia. I can say that it was well worth the drive as he and his staff are phenomenal. My daughter had a bad case of overcrowding with three rows of teeth pointing in various directions. We were pretty sure that some teeth would be extracted but surprisingly that did not happen. Dr. Bhagia treated her with expanders and braces and within 12 months she now has one line of teeth and they are straight and aligned. I myself had avoided treatment all these years and at age 41 decided to join my kids and get braces. I was no easy case either but in a matter of twelve months I achieved fabulous results. After the braces came off the staff immediately started work on my retainer. They recognized that we were out of town and went out of their way to make my retainer in a matter of few hours. The office is well run and provides the highest quality of service. The staff is professional, courteous and friendly. The pricing is also very reasonable as this was a big concern with three simultaneous treatments. I would absolutely recommend Dr. Bhagia for adults or children in need of orthodontic care. Our family now has perfectly shaped teeth and we could not be happier and more confident. THANK YOU Space Center Orthodontics and Dr. Bhagia.
I’ve been going to Signature Smiles for almost 2 years now. I live in the Medical Center and so the commute to the office can be daunting but it is definitely well worth it. As a healthcare provider, by nature I pay attention to the delivery of care. From the time I walked into the door, I was greeted by a friendly office staff and was escorted back very promptly. From there, I met the dental hygienist, Allison, who explained everything and was very detailed oriented. She identified that I had a slightly elevated blood pressure and rechecked it to make sure it was at a safe measurement. I have worked with so many medical staff personnel who fail to identify elevated pressures. Knowing that my dental hygienist is aware of the situation is very comforting. She also explained the periodontal probing and discussed areas of concerns that she found. After the thorough cleaning, I was greeted by Dr. Stanworth, who answered all my questions and concerns. A noteworthy addition, Signature Smiles has some of the latest advances in equipment to ensure that the patient is comfortable during the exam. I always dread the imaging portion of the exam, but I was very glad to see that they have a machine that makes the process so much more bearable. Overall, Signature Smiles is not just a typical dental office. The staff and dentists are vested in helping you improve your dental health. It is definitely worth the drive!
In December of 2008 we took our 15 year old daughter to this clinic for a second opinion, if she really needs a root canal for a cavity in her tooth or not. Two weeks ago, we took her to Castle Dental in Santa Fe, Houston to fill that cavity that a dentist in Galveston had suggested. The doctor in Castle Dental did not even take a look at her tooth or opened her mouth but just by taking a quick look at her X rays told us that she needs a root canal and gave us an out of pocket cost of $700 after insurance. When we took her to Dr. Das at Clear Lake Dental for a second opinion, he examined my daughter's tooth and X rays carefully and told us that she may not need a root canal. He filled her cavity in less than an hour and charged us only $106 after insurance and saved us $600. He not only saved us money but tour time and suffering of a teenager girl. Now you judge who is an honest and who is a dishonest doctor. Some doctors take this medical profession as a buisness and take advantage of patient's and his/her family's ignorance. Fortunately I got Dr. Das's reference from one my friends and thanked them at once. It is rare to find both an honest and expert dentist these days and I can highly recomend Dr. Das and his clinic for your dental need. His team members are also very polite and dedicated.
AWESOME OFFICE!! I was seen at this office and had a wonderful experience. I went in not thinking I would stay for treatment as I was looking for a second opinion. Like most people I hate going to the dentist and I am TERRIFED!!! As it turns out it was a good experience. The office is modern and in a location close to my job. The staff here is extremely warm and welcoming. I had a short wait before seeing the dentist, but I guess that helped me calm down a bit. I was taken back and had x-rays done while watching TV (it was a great distraction for me). The doctor I had seen two months prior said I needed 2 crowns, a bunch of fillings and a deep cleaning. The dentist checked my teeth and she explained all treatment that was needed....which ended up being much less than at the previous office I was seen at. I saw pictures of the teeth that needed work and it made perfect sense to me why she told me one tooth would need a crown and the others could be filled again but may need crowns in the future. I feel really great that I sought out a second opinion; it ended up being truly worth my time. The doctor is really sweet and easy to talk to...I would recommend this office to all my friends and family.
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.