How to Choose Your Dentist

How to Choose Your Dentist

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If you’ve recently moved to a new place or changed your insurance provider, you may be on the lookout for a new dentist! While it may sounds like a tedious activity, it gives you a chance to find a doctor who you trust with providing you great dental care.

We understand, however, how difficult it can be to choose someone to take care of something as important as your health. Narrow down the search by asking yourself these 5 simple questions:

What is my dental cost budget?

There are different insurance plans and financing options available for patients at every dentists’ office. Before making an appointment, make sure your insurance plan is compatible with the office you want to go to. Most dentists also offer memberships and other payment options to make services or treatments affordable.

If it’s your first time on a new insurance policy, call ahead of time to see how much your insurance will cover for your checkup. Many companies will take care of everything, but you may have a small co-payment to make if you end up needing extra services. If you aren’t on any insurance policy, check if any of the dentists you’re interested in have dental savings plans, financing, or memberships. Getting preventative care may cost money, but it will save you from needing even more expensive and invasive procedures later on.

Who are the dentists near me?

Some dentists are worth an hour long drive to see, but if you’d rather stay local, a great way to check which dentists are located near your home or work is through local directories. Some of the obvious ones include Yelp and Yellow Pages.

For anyone living in Los Angeles, you know there are tons of dental offices available. You can narrow them down by zip code and hours. For example, if you know you’ll be working from 9 AM – 5 PM, you can schedule an appointment at an office that opens at 8AM near your work place. On the other hand, you may prefer weekend appointments, so you might want to find offices open at 10 AM near your home in another city. Whatever you need, make sure to choose an office that accommodates you. After all, there’s no use having a world renowned dentist that you can never see.

What services do I need?

Not all dentists offer the same services. If you’re looking specifically for cosmetic or restorative dentistry, you’ll want to make sure the dentist you choose provides what you’re looking for. Oftentimes, you can see what the dentist offers online, but their services might not all be listed. If the dentist you want to see doesn’t offer one or two services that you’re interested in, you can also ask them for a referral to another doctor. Seeing a specialist in addition to your general dentist is a common practice. Just make sure to call ahead of time to get a quote. Some offices may also provide free consultations for more accurate estimates.

Who is the best dentist near me?

Your teeth and oral health contribute to your overall well being. They help you eat, breathe, smile, and speak correctly, so you definitely want a doctor with the right qualifications and experience to treat you well. Patients typically go to doctors by referral from another person they trust, but it’s also important to look at online references, too! There are plenty of sites where you can read reviews of dentists, like Yelp, Google, Vitals, and Healthgrades. Of course, take the reviews with a grain of salt. Every patient is different and has unique needs. A doctor that is great for one person may not be the best fit for another.

Dentists need to complete their undergraduate degree, doctorate, and possibly residency to practice on patients legally. Most dentists will have their degrees and licensure hung in the waiting room or posted online. Many doctors, like Dr. Meserkhani, are also members of dental associations or organizations to stay on top of dental trends.

What are my personal preferences?

Everyone is different! You may have certain qualities that you prefer in a dentist, such as toys in the waiting room for your child or offices on the first floor. Take note of these preferences because they could be the deciding factor when you choose your dentist! It’s also a good idea to visit the dentist to see if you are comfortable with them. You can’t always predict whether you’ll be able to develop a good relationship with your provider even if they look great on paper.

Once you’ve asked yourself these questions and established what you’re looking for, you can narrow down your choices. Remember, you can always change your dentist if you think you’ve made the wrong choice afterward. However, we know how nerve-wracking it can be to become acquainted with new doctors all the time. To prepare yourself, you can go over the paperwork beforehand, take a virtual office tour, and come for your appointment 15 minutes early to acclimate yourself to the environment.

At Dental Studio of Pasadena, we’re happy to accommodate all these request. Our dentist is dedicated to providing patients with quality care and service throughout their dental experience. If you’d like to learn more or book an appointment, call our office in Glendale today!

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Responses:

  1. I like that you said that you can read reviews online for a dentist. I am new to this area, and I recently woke up with a toothache. It is time I go online and find a dentist that can help me out.

    Comment by Fay on September 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm

  2. I thought that it was helpful when you suggested to check with your insurance plan to make sure that it offers dental coverage when you are choosing a dentist. My wife and I have been talking about finding a dentist near our new home, and it will be important for us to know that we could find one that will be good for us. When we look for one, I will be sure to consider the insurance plan.

    Comment by jack stiles on November 8, 2019 at 6:42 pm

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