Cosmetic Dentistry: Choosing a Dentist
Choosing a dentist is one of the most difficult decisions one has to face in order to maintain a good
looking, healthy set of teeth. Narrowing down from a number of dentists to the chosen one is a daunting
task, not only because it is laborious but also because it takes a lot of careful and well thought
consideration to choose a dentist.
The task of choosing a dentist is further aggravated if one lives in a populated area which has a large
number of dentists. On the other hand the choice is limited in a rural or less populated area. People who
travel a lot would have to settle with comparatively less busy dentist who would take into consideration
the timings and the last minute urgent appointments. Dentistry also generates a lot of confusion
because of its becoming a specialized profession. Many dentists only attend to patients of a certain age,
sex or problems. Given here are some of the guidelines to help you in a proper selection of a dentist.
* Location – Location is a very important factor in choosing the right dentist. Even if one is living in a
densely populated area that has a high number of dentists, choosing a dentist that is closer to the
residence of the patient or somewhere the patient has a higher accessibility, is beneficial. A dentist that
is situated in the close vicinity of the patient makes it easier to take last minute urgent appointments
and attend to urgent calls. Other considerations for choosing the dentist in accordance with locations
would be parking related issues, public transport for the location and safe nature of neighborhood.
* Dentist – The personality of the dentist and the nature of his staff plays an important role in asserting
the selection of a dentist. It is a good decision to try another dentist if the staff of the dentist is not
friendly and displays poor work ethics. Poor patient service is not only indicated by indecent chair side
manners of a dentist but also by rude or offensive behavior of the staff.
* Specialization – Many dentists specialize in the treatment of certain oral problems only. Many dentists
are not qualified in all the oral healthcare procedures available and may refer you to another dentist for
those procedures. Although referring is not done frequently, it should be taken into consideration that
the oral problem you want a cure for is taken care of by your dentist only. For example, if you are into
television and media and require regular teeth whitening and augmentation procedures, you should
choose a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry, here, choosing a dentist that does not specializes
in such procedures would result in waste of your money and time.
* Billing – Most dental clinics are able to handle insurance related workings so that paying bills would
not be a problem for the patient, still, billing related procedures should also be in the list of
considerations while choosing a dentist. The type of insurance a dentist accepts is an important factor
and it should be properly told in advance to reduce future problems.
These guidelines would help you to choose a dentist for your needs and it should be kept in mind that
nothing is perfect in life and one should be open to some compromises in order to get a good dentist.
Cache Valley Smile Design: Matthew C. Cheney, DDS, dentist Logan, UT, provides cosmetic dentistry,
dental implants, sedation dentistry, and teeth whitening for both families and individuals.
For our address and/or directions to our Logan, UT dentist office, click here.