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3840 Aldine Mail Route RdHouston, TX 77039
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3840 Aldine Mail Route RdHouston, TX 77039
From Business: Founded in 2002. Kool Smiles is a network of local dental offices dedicated to expanding quality dental care access for children and families in underserved communities. Kool Smiles provides preventative care, supported with electronic health records. Good dental health is vital to lifelong health. Call for a dental visit …
3840 Aldine Mail RdHouston, TX 77039
From Business: Get quality general dental care for your children today! 97% of Kool Smiles patients say they'll refer their friends and family! Why should you choose Kool Smiles? Most important of all, toddlers, kids and parents choose Kool Smiles because of their fun and friendly environment that has been created specifically for them. …
5341 Antoine DrHouston, TX 77091
Every time I go in my children & I are treated very professionally & courteous. They are never rude or passive. They strive to give you the best experience every time. I've never been to a better dentist office ever! Thanks guys/gals for always taking such great care of my little loves! I truly …
11322 Bellaire Blvd Ste 112Houston, TX 77072
I live in Austin but I came to get my teeth done at this place. It is worth it for me to drive all the way to Houston and get wonderful service in this place. The Staff is very friendly and helpful. Their office is very nice and clean. Dr. Le has done an incredible job on my wisdom teeth. He is …
303 Memorial CityHouston, TX 77024
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2406 Gessner Rd Suite AHouston, TX 77080
Totalmente bilingües! Muy amables, muy responsables y atentos!!Tengo ya 4 años trayendo a mis niños aqui con la Doctora Giraldo (4 con mi niño y 3 ya con mi niña) Me gusta mucho este lugar, las instalaciones esta super limpias y ordenadas tienen mucho entretenimiento para los niños en las salas …
22560 State Highway 249 Ste 500Houston, TX 77070
Excellent experience. The best Dentist I've had in TX. I have been very selective and particular with my choice of dentists....and I think I'll hang around for a while! They have such friendly and caring staff that work at this office.
11403 Chimney Rock RdHouston, TX 77035
Iam really happy with the service awesome smiles offer my child in every appointment awrsome smiles makes me feel comfortable in the point that i wouldnt change my kids to another dentist they are always looking for patients to feel comfortable of what the dentist is going to do to your childs t…
10065 Almeda Genoa Rd Suite JHouston, TX 77075
I went to get crowns and seven months later they turned black I was told it was due to I didn't get a deep cleaning, ok? They re-did the bridge but I had an inexperienced Doctor that is no longer there. They are very friendly there and professional.
2525 Bay Area Blvd Ste 170Houston, TX 77058
Dr. Joe Ellis is the best Cosmetic dentist I have experienced. He has an excellent eye for perfect cosmetics that compliment my personality. He knew exactly what I wanted and delivered it
10904 Scarsdale BlvdHouston, TX 77089
My whole family switched to Scarsdale Dental Smiles. It's a very clean place, they worked with me on a treatment plan and a price I can afford, and they are great with my kids. The kids actually look forward to seeing their dentists now, I highly recommend it and if you live in the SE side of …
13319 East FwyHouston, TX 77015
I've used this particular location for the past 3 years.I've always had wonderful customer service and outstanding work done.I 'got through' their remodeling phase and the results are very nice.My favorite dentist is Dr. Deborah Sprout. She really knows her way around a tooth ;)Cleanings are ver…
7676 Woodway DrHouston, TX 77063
Save your money, she will take all that she can. if you go for a cleaning you leave with dirty teeth because she says you need 2k worth of work. so 300 dollars worth of special xrays that your ins... wont pay you get screwed. so you go to another doc. they say you are just fine. save your money
7670 Katy Fwy Ste 30Houston, TX 77024
Dr. Pickney is NOT experienced in orthodontics!! I came to her when I had seen her offer on Groupon for 6-month braces. She made me pay her $1500 up front to get started. (BIG RED FLAG) Impressions were made and sent to a lab. 2 weeks later, I was called in to get the braces put on.My teeth were…
9324 Homestead RdHouston, TX 77016
Beware! I went to the Smile Dental Group at 13319 East Freeway (Uvalde Exit) \r \r It was disconcerting to see such dirty instruments trays, chairs and floors. There was a spot of some sort of yellow gel and a lot of dust on the instrument tray. The dental chair itself had dust/dirt on the arms…
9055 Katy Fwy Ste 308Houston, TX 77024
I was very disappointed with Smile Spa at 9055 Katy Freeway. I made an appt for my wife (initial appt) and was told she would be reminded prior to the date. No reminder. My wife showed up at the apponted time and the offices were closed. An individual showed up shortly and asked who the appt was…
12661 W Lake Houston Pkwy Ste GHouston, TX 77044
From Business: As a dentist in Houston, we offer modern dentistry at an affordable price. We are proud to be your complete Houston dental provider by offering you great specialty services and state-of-the-art equipment, including same day dental Crowns, Boost Whitening, Oral Surgery, Wisdom Teeth Extraction, Root Canals, Periodontics, Di…
2528 Sunset BlvdHouston, TX 77005
From Business: Yeung Smiles is a family dental practice with a legacy. It all started with Dr. Joe M. Fung as Smile Designers in 1990s. His professionalism, enthusiasm and tender care earned many patients' respect and return. He inspired his two nephews, Dr. Petrus S Yeung and his brother Wing S. Yeung, to go to dental school and pursue …
3173 W Holcombe BlvdHouston, TX 77025
From Business: At SmileSuite Dental, we offer a number of cosmetic dentistry solutions to enhance and renew the appearance of your smile. Our experienced staff utilizes state-of-the-art techniques to improve the overall look of your teeth and gums, giving you an impressive, long-lasting smile. As a proud member of the American Academy of…
Learn about wisdom teeth removal costs, as well as wisdom teeth in general, to help you make the best decisions for your finances and oral health.
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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 Dentistfor their Children or themselves.
Dr. Eric Smith is the best dentist I have ever had. I went to Lovett dental because I was in so much pain on the right side of my mouth. I went to a dentist previously and was told I needed a root canal. I got the root canal done last year. I thought the pain from my right side had came to an end. Little did I know, it didn't. My tooth continue to hurt and continued to cause me more pain and problems. When I visited Lovett Dental, I didn't know if the doctors there could help me, but with all the pain I was experiencing, I decided to give Lovett a chance. This is where I met Dr. Eric Smith. After examining my mouth and teeth, he discovered I needed to have my root canal redone and a crown. I was so scared not knowing if my root canal really needed to be redone. I didn't know if he was going to be able to take care of the issue. But he did. He was so friendly, gentle and had a wonderful staff who helped assisted him with the work. Since I had my root canal redone by Dr. Eric Smith, I have not had any pain or issues since. I still can''t believe all the pain that I had is now all gone. Dr. Smith and his staff deserves two thumbs up for their wonderful service. On the whole, Lovett dental is a wonderful dental office to receive service. Be sure to request Dr. Eric Smith and his staff if you want to have the perfect experience I had. From now on, I will ONLY see Dr. Eric Smith and Im sure if you give him a chance, you will too.
I went to the office for an appointment with Dr. Brueggen because I had a few dental implants put in before, but they were failing and I decided to switch dentists and look for someone who knew what they were doing. At my appointment, Dr. B said that my case would be somewhat complicated. I had lost a lot of bone and he would have to grow new bone to be able to place the new implants. Dr. Brueggen put me at ease because he seemed so confident. He was very matter of fact about what needed to be done. I was scared that it was complicated because I've already been going through a lot with these dental implants and was looking for a miracle. But I had to do what I had to do and just trusted my gut and went for it. After the surgery, Dr. Peter had finally finished making my teeth, and when he gave me the mirror to see, I couldn't stop crying! My teeth looked so perfect! It's as if he knew what I looked like before I even had any dental problems. My teeth matched my face so well, I looked 10 years younger! I am so happy! Finally, they completely exceeded my expectations! I really thought that something bad was going to happen and that Dr. B wouldn't be able to help, but he proved me wrong! Thanks to everyone in that office! I'm definitely recommending you to everyone I know!
I would like to thank the staff and doctor at pearl dental for doing such a good job of taking care of me. I was like most people extremely nervous about going to the dentist and haven't gone for years. Part of it is the fact I never had insurance. I was expecting them to see my mouth and make up all this expensive treatment that I couldn't afford. Instead the front staff which were super nice took me in, I had minimal wait which was surprising for a doctors office, and than I was given X-rays. The doctor who saw me was an extremely patient and friendly and easy to talk to guy. He seemed genuine and honest which is a huge deal to me. The back staff were so friendly and than it turned out I only needed a cleaning and 2 fillings which I was shocked as I was expecting a huge bill. It's obvious they aren't here to try to gouge the patients. The cleaning the doctor did and he did an amazing job my teeth never felt so clean in my life. Thank you pearl dental, I don't normally write reviews but I felt so good after leaving here I had to let the world know that this is the best place. You guys have a patient for life.
Thành thật mà nói, tôi rất thích bác sĩ , chủ của Nhân Hiền, người thường có mặt trên truyền hình rao giảng về chăm sóc và kiến thức về nha khoa. Nhưng cách mà các nhân viên làm thì không thể chấp nhận !- Bác sĩ phải giáo dục cho nhân viên về thái độ, cho dù những "cụ" nha-công (dental technician) còn trẻ măng.Nhưng ngoài chữ yes, no, mặt lạnh như băng Alaska ! Là dân Việt , phải biết lễ phép với khách hàng lớn tuổi. Chứ không phải được vài chữ yes, no rồi xem thường những người không nói được tiếng Anh- Đúng là như một cái chợ, như tôi đã nói với người nhà của mình và bạn bè. Honestly, I likes Doctor who is office owner and also the host of a dental care program on Vietnamese TV show. He has great knowledgment of dental care. But his employees did not as good care of customer as he does. - It is business ! ok . So what ? But it couldn't be a meat market, but market between profeesional people and patientsThank of people beforer making living from people. " N. H " is very nice name.But to deserve this name, the doctor has to do much more with his employees.
I am extremely neurotic about my teeth and have seen the same dentist since my childhood. Even after leaving the state I continued to fly home just to see my dentist. After being referred to Uptown Dental Spa by a good friend, I decided to give it a try. The atmosphere was soooo relaxing you really do feel like you are in a spa! They pamper you and treat you as you would want to be treated! Not to mention, the staff is extremely friendly and personable! They explain everything they are doing and always welcome questions or input! I ended up having a small procedure and Dr. T made me so comfortable that I really didn't feel a thing. The advanced technology they have in place and the services they have available truly make them a full service office! Long story short after 28 yrs of the same dentist I have made a permanent switch to Uptown Dental Spa. .......By the way, my hubby got a facial and hand massage along with his cleaning!!!I know that companies often rate themselves on these things….this is 100% legit!!!
Update: I have been bringing my children to this Dentist for three years. I love everything about this dentist office. I was taken aback when I was called because my children have missed their appointment today. I explained their dad is the one that scheduled off to take them and he had an emergency surgery an aneurysm was removed from his head. Dell who is normally very kind proceeded to then say "okay well I have been told that your children will have to find a different provider". I then called back to find out if I can receive their medical records and Dell stated it is a law that they can only be sent to the new provider. She was rude and seemed irritated by my request. I was confused and asked again she seemed upset and transferred me to the Office Manager Margaret. Margaret was pleasant and explained what the process was and agreed to have those things sent over to me. It is unfortunate that this decision was made, because Dr. Lewis and her staff are excellent. The way this situation was handled was unprofessional.
Our family dentist, whom we adore, will be retiring within the next months. With that said, he's recently recommended two dental implants for me and my wife really thinks I should do it. He referred us to Dentiq's Implant Dentistry Center. Dr. Johnson was very thorough in her explanation my initial evaluation and what needed to be done. She was very friendly and personable and made me feel at ease. The technicians were also very polite and competent. The receptionist was very friendly and polite. It appears the office is very up-to-date in the latest technologies. I made a follow-up appointment to have their periodontist place the dental implants that Dr. Johnson would be restoring.Everything went exactly as planned and I'm so glad that 1. I had this done, and 2. I had this done here. I'm going out on a limb here because I don't know any other comprehensive treatment centers like this in Houston, but here it goes: I believe that Dentiq has Houston's finest implant dentistry dentists. Till next time,Guy
Kudos ! Both of us needed extractions and dentures, & wanted to have it done at the same time. Moral support. We very much wanted to do this, but were fearful of the extractions . The day of the extractions, Dr. Lindsey and Melissa put me at ease and my nervousness faded quickly.Both procedures were completed & immediate dentures placed in about 2 1/2 hours. Fast, easy, comfortable, and relaxed. This was two days ago. We have had no pain, little to no swelling, and very little soreness which the pain meds handled easily. I had 21 teeth pulled, and no pain meds were needed that night. Incredible. So little swelling, that we both needed a soft reline the next day. It did not hurt to take the dentures off the first time, or when putting them back on. As soon as our gums and bones are ready, we're getting the 2 each implant dentures. Thank you to Dr. Lindsey, Melissa, Danielle, Dahlia, and LaChanel for making this so easy. We will recommend you highly!
I went in today to see the dr because I have a URI and I've been having a difficult breathing. The dr told me that they where gonna have to draw blood and I have a BIG FEAR of needles! I told the nurse (Candy) that was taking blood from me that I was really freaked out about needles and she was really sweet and did everything she could to keep me from thinking about her taking my blood, she talked to me and calmed me down and never lost eye contact with me and before I knew it she had already taken the blood from me and I didn't even feel when she poked me with the needle! I really appreciate how professional she was and it was really refreshing to actually have a nurse that seems as if she cared about her patients! ( Because I know I've been a patient there for a while and some of the past nurses that worked there where very rude and very unprofessional! So much so I was considering looking for a new clinic or Dr until I met Candy.... Y'all should give this girl a raise!)
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.