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6850 San Pedro AveSan Antonio, TX 78216
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13618 NW Military HwySan Antonio, TX 78231
Dr. Reddy truly is the best dentist I have ever been to (in my 40 years of life). His bedside manner is superb and his touch is indeed the gentlest (I felt ZERO pain during multiple root canals and a wisdom tooth extraction). The staff at the Tooth Doctor is just as amazing as Dr. Reddy. I HIGH…
6212 De Zavala RdSan Antonio, TX 78249
All I can say is ""Thank you Dr. Potter!!"" Dr. Potter and his staff are great. I was having a terrible toothache and they were able to get me in the same day. They also offered to get all my insurance information so they could handle all the insurance details. Couldn't have been easier for …
11901 Toepperwein Rd Ste 1104San Antonio, TX 78233
Dr. Livingston, This letter is both a recommendation and thank you to you for the patience, courtesy and knowledge that you have shown to me. I know that you would exhibit the same to anyone seeking dental services there at your office. You are a tribute to the field of dentistry. I sincerely ho…
2515 Pleasanton RdSan Antonio, TX 78221
From Business: Personalized dental care is here for the whole family! Visit Southside Pleasanton Road Family Dental Care for complete dental treatment. We’ve offered quality services for more than 28 years. From simple cleanings to extensive work, our office is ready to help you, even in an emergency! Daniel Saenz, D.D.S. and Kathleen Tr…
3355 Cherry Ridge StSan Antonio, TX 78230
From Business: San Antonio Cosmetic Dentist is based out of San Antonio, Texas, and specializes in cosmetic dentistry, dental implants, family dentistry, and sedation dentistry. Both adult and pediatric dental care services are provided. San Antonio Cosmetic Dentist extends its dental services to the northwest side neighborhood. The dent…
3030 Rigsby AveSan Antonio, TX 78220
From Business: Dr. James W. Brown has practiced dentistry for over 30 years. He is a native of Cleveland Ohio, and a graduate of Fisk University and Meharry Medical College School of Dentistry. After dental school, Dr. Brown joined the United States Navy as a Dental Officer in 1981. Subsequent to the Navy, Dr. Brown practiced dentistry i…
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I cannot say enough GREAT things about this dental office. Let me explain, so I had a few hours off from work one day (very rare) and I walked into the dental office right next door first (Castle Dental). Okay, so when I walked into castle, there were 4 people at the counter and not even ONE of them greeted me. I told them that my tooth was broken and they rudely handed me a clipboard. When I gave the info back they said it would be about 45 minutes and they would not be able to fix the tooth and clean my teeth in the same day. So, I told them I’d be right back - BEST DECISION I EVER MADE!!! I walked outside and like a guiding light saw 'Smiles R Us'. So, I thought, what the heck, and I went in. OMGosh, the staff greeted me and were SO NICE that I felt at home immediately. In fact, I was back in a room having x-rays done within 5 minutes!!! Can you believe it? Walked in off the street and within 5 minutes I was already being treated! Wow. So, then Dr. Irma Cantu came in and she was one of the NICEST people I have ever met in my life. I'm not kidding! She was extremely Professional and explained everything to me! (see I wasn't used to that - I've been seeing dentists for 30+ years and NEVER have they spent more than a minute with me before firing up the drill and then I would have to ask the other dentist, step by step 'What are you doing now' because they never told me anything!). However, this is NOT the experience that Dr. Cantu came me. To make a long story short, I got a root canal that day. My broken tooth had an abscess on it and she took care of it right away. AND I explained about how difficult it is to get out of work and the Staff were so understanding and NICE that they took the time to do a deep root scaling and cleaning. ALL IN THE SAME DAY! Um, the other dental place with the rude people (Castle/Monarch Dental) could care less about me or my pain. But see, they CARE! They really do. I could not stop telling them how much I appreciated their kindness and how much I immediately felt right at home (before visiting Smiles R Us, I had Never felt this way at a dentist office). Dr. Irma Cantu is Amazing (not to mention she has BEAUTIFUL teeth! lol). Anyway, today I went for a polishing of my teeth and to put in my crown. Completely PainLESS!!! Oh, and I can't forget the most important fact that is making me write this review - The day I got my root canal done - the next day when I woke up I was expecting horrible pain because my LAST dentist used to do root canals on me and I always felt like a jack hammer had been on my jaw bone. ANYWAY, the next day after the root canal (by Dr. Irma Cantu), THERE WAS ZERO PAIN. I mean NO PAIN!!! I am recommending her to ALL of my Friends and Family! My husband has already been there and is getting his upper partial. He hates dentists, but he Loved Dr. Cantu also!!! Rock On, Dr. Irma - YOU ARE THE BEST!!!! Signed, a customer for life! Sharon Reynolds, San Antonio, TX
Hands down the absolute best experience I have had at any office and it all starts at the front desk as soon as you walk in! Each person takes so much pride in their job and realizes the impact they have on every person they come into contact with. I have been searching for years for a dentist to help correct a poor genetic smile. I was even turned away from each of those offices for being too difficult a case. When I walked into their office on that first day, I was prepared to get rejected again. The team at the front desk already made me feel like a million bucks! They assured me that if anyone can help me, Dr. Moore is the guy who can get it done. Finally offering some encouragement! (Side note, Dr. Moore is the father of famed electronic music artist 'Skrillex' and that alone should be reason to visit) They always refer to me by name and compliment a haircut, new shirt, or even a watch. The technicians that work with me are funny, kind, and professional. After meeting Dr. Moore he assured me he could have me in walking around with the smile I have dreamed of in as little as 12 months, I teared up and already felt more confident! He ordered my invisalign and scheduled my first procedure for the next week. I am only 25% through the process and I am ALREADY able to smile with confidence! I cannot tell you how much this practice has actually changed my life. I can actually say that I would call the people in the practice my friends! From someone has visited many offices and can tell you that your homework should stop here. I have been to places that woo you with champagne, food, and flamboyant environments that make you feel like you are in a resort. In the end, the fizzy drinks and ambient lighting did little to mask their subpar work and service. If you choose Dr Moores team, you wont be disappointed, you will have your MIND BLOWN!
I've no idea what happened with the other reviews, but my experience here was wonderful. The office was clean and equipment was state of the art. Doctor Michael Castillo (may have miss spelled his first name) was nice, and explained my options pre and post treatment. The anesthesiologist did their job wonderfully, I could've walked out of the office had I needed to, though they wheeled me out in a wheelchair to a convenient loading dock and even offered me assistance getting into the truck. In a previous experience at a Colorado doctor getting my wisdom teeth removed, I started waking up halfway home, apparently attempted to get out of the car, and was seeing stacks of everything floating above themselves. Here, I woke up in the chair in my right mind, and was %100 besides the loopiness from the intravenous painkiller. Pain my ***, saer123, first pain came when I tried to not take the vicodin. My treatment plan explained everything I needed to do to avoid infection, and despite my ignoring the warnings not to smoke, am having no issues whatsoever. To respond to 'psychopathic', I was shown not only the infection i knew of from my regular dentist, but a second starting up, and both were treated. I was shown the x-rays, (which were taken by a cool 360 degree x-ray machine) and he even pointed out the infections and circled them with a light board type highlighting tool to help clarify everything. Now, I made the appointment for a consultation, but they completed that, then offered to do the surgery that day, and had it all COMPLETED WITH ME OUT THE DOOR BY MY SCHEDULED APPOINTMENT TIME. Wonderful, talk about timely. If you need dental surgery, i would highly recommend this location, or at least Dr.Castillo. Oh, and they called to make sure everything was doing well a couple days after my surgery. Let you suffer my foot.
AMAZING EXPERIENCE!HAVING MOVED TO SAN ANTONIO A FEW MONTHS AGO WAS NOT AN EASY TRANSITION, BUT FINDING A PEDIATRICIAN AND DENTIST FOR MY BOYS WAS WHAT WORRIED ME THE MOST. WE FOUND OUT ABOUT PRACTICAL APPROACH PEDIATRICS AND PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY AND I ASSURE YOU IT WAS BY FAR THE BEST EXPERIENCE EVER. MY BOYS ENJOYED THEIR VISITS WITH BOTH THE DOCTORS AND EVEN TOLD OUR RELATIVES ABOUT THEIR EXPERIENCE AT THE CLINIC. I ADMIRED THE FACT THAT THE DOCTORS AND STAFF EXPLAINED TO MY BOYS WHAT PROCEDURES/TREATMENTS THEY WERE GOING TO PERFORM ON THEM (ONE EXAMPLE: VITALS - MY BOYS WERE GETTING READY TO CRY WHEN IT WAS EXPLAINED TO THEM THAT THE CUFF WAS JUST GOING TO CHECK THEIR MUSCLES…I KNOW THAT IS NOT TRUE BUT TO A 4 YEAR OLD CHILD THAT MAKES A DIFFERENCE). NOW I DO NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT MY BOYS BEING AFRAID OF GOING FOR ANOTHER VISIT. **DR. (MR) ADETONA- IF IT WERE UP TO MY BOYS THEY WOULD GO VISIT YOU EVERYDAY FOR MINOR BUMPS AND BRUISES THAT THEY GET. THANK YOU FOR MAKING SURE THAT MY BOYS STAY HEALTHY.**DR. (MRS) ADETONA- MY BOYS LOVE YOUR HUGS WHEN THEY SEE YOU. THANK YOU FOR EXPLAINING TO THEM (AND MYSELF) THE IMPORTANCE OF DENTAL HYGIENE, THEY REMIND ME TO MAKE SURE TO BRUSH THEIR TEETH PROPERLY.**STAFF- I HAVE NEVER MET SUCH FRIENDLY, CONSIDERATE AND CARING INDIVIDUALS. THANK YOU FOR HELPING CARE FOR MY BOYS AND KEEPING ONE OCCUPIED WHILE THE OTHER IS GETTING THEIR VACCINES OR BLOOD DRAWN.**I COULD NOT HAVE ASKED FOR A BETTER EXPERIENCE AND SUCH LOVING AND CARING INDIVIDUALS AS EACH ONE OF YOU.**
I am phobic about dentists and while I will never say I enjoyed going to a dentist I can say that after trying various dentists over 47 years of my life none has been as fantastic as Dr. Pham. I am in SA for a few weeks visiting family and broke a tooth. Knowing that the root would have to be removed I tried putting it off until I got home. Didn't work. Massive infection and pain. Made an appointment (in tears) with Dr. Pham's office. They saw me promptly, were very gentle and caring, did not embarrass me or condescend to me, although I realize how difficult a ptsd patient can be. X-Rays and an exam for $50 (a special running at this time) which is pretty much unheard of. Extraction, nitrous oxide, local anesthetic and prescription for $231. (Please note that these prices were based on my dental nee.ds at the time and I have NO idea what any other patient's cost would be) Plus, since I was paying cash was given an additional 15% discount. From paperwork to payment Dr. Pham's office was caring, professional, patient and helpful. I will be coming up to SA for all my dental treatment from now on. Luckily I only live in Corpus Christi and believe me 120+ miles is NOTHING when Dr. Pham will be taking care of me.ALSO - keeping it all in the family, the Pham Family Pharmacy (say that 3 times fast) is less than a block away and my prescription was filled in less than 10 minutes. All in all, the PHAM family made my day a thousand times better.
When I became pregnant with my first child, I knew that picking a pediatrician was going to be a very important decision for my husband and me. We selected Dr Adetona and his team at Practical Approach Pediatrics and Pediatric dentistry after a formal interview and receiving a strong recommendation from friends. I trusted that we were putting the health of our child in very capable and caring hands from day one. What we have received in terms of care and relationship from this practice has exceeded every expectation-- including many I never knew I could or should have in a health care provider. We receive honest, ethical, and gentle service from every member of the team every time we enter the practice. They take the time and care necessary to help my daughter and us feel comfortable, to answer all of our questions, and anticipate our needs. We are so grateful to have one place for checkups, dental, and urgent care-- and feel so safe knowing that we can get this level of care from a reliable, friendly place when we need it most. My husband and I highly recommend this practice to you and feel confident that your children will receive the best medical care there is to offer.
I am eager to boast about my first-class experience at my local Kool Smiles I had recently. As soon as I walked through the doors, the beautiful front desk girls greeted me so politely and left me almost in shock that I did not have to wait to be called to the consult room as soon as I signed in. I didn't even get the chance to take a Snapchat selfie before I went in for my regular cleaning. The dental Assistant, Maria Hernandez, took my x-rays so gently and quickly. She sat me down in my chair and beside me was the hygienist ready to clean my pearly whites. After my cleaning, my dentist Dr. Razai gave me a full exam and she even fit me in the schedule to take care of my cavities the same day! I was beyond pleased with this procedure. She took off piles of glue my past orthodontist had accidentally left on my back molars. I can finally bite correctly, and my jaw no longer bothers me. I am profoundly appreciative I found a dental team that treats me like family. My experience was stellar from beginning to end, and I'm sure I am not the only patient to have received this level of care. Thank you, Kool Smiles McCreless office!
Great Dental Office!! The office is clean and friendly. The staff in the back are FABULOUS!! They were wonderful with my son who had so much fear about sitting in the dental chair. The office manager was visible and customer oriented. I recommended the facility on Bandera Rd to my grown son for my granddaughter and to my aunts. There is hardly any wait time which is awesome. The only problem I had was the girl that makes the future appointments, she was unfriendly and acted like I was really putting her out. She said -"it will be a while for me to be with you, just have a seat" as she smacked her gum. She never bothered to look up and acknowledge me. I just left with out making a future appointment. It's a shame the office goes to great lengths to promote outstanding customer service, then there is gotta be one bad apple in the bunch. I will still bring my children here. I will just make all future appointments on the phone.
I'm usually pretty happy with our experience here, only have had a a few bad appointments! We've used them for 4 years. Our past visit we waited 2 hours past our appointment, and this was after we had been told that our treatments would be quite a bit less at our initial appointment, the treatment did not change, just the price, by over $100. A 2 hour wait time, when we have to arrive 15 mins early, is unexceptionable, thankfully I had my 3 year old, who is calm and waited patiently. But was irritable by time to be checked out. It was past lunch time and nap time (since we had to be there by 9:15), which made appointment stressful for us all! I really like one of their dentist. Another has yelled at me and yelled at my 4 year old for crying while trying to do treatment. I guess there's good and bad with all, but I'm moving on!
Dr. Banker is a upstanding pediatric dental provider. I have a son with Austism which requires special needs and a understanding staff. Her office has always provided him with such care and empathy, as well as, all of my children. They have always scheduled him in the times that suited him best. Their office is always clean and respectable upon entrance. As, an medical office employee, please understand there are guidleines for cancellations and no show's appointments in every office. Also, in every situation there are two comprising situations that should be considered and it is a shame that slanderous comments can be made without any truths or investigation into that situation. I would highly recommend Dr. Banker and staff to anyone who has children and also special needs children that require that extra TLC.
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.