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

  3. I like that you said that some dentists have different payment options available. My wife and I need to find a new dentist since our current one went out of business last week. Thanks for the tips and I’ll be sure to look online for some well-reviewed dentists.

    Comment by Taylor Wright on December 17, 2019 at 6:04 pm

  4. Thanks for mentioning that not every dentist offers the same services. My wife and I are thinking about moving and will need to find a new dental facility because we both have braces that probably need to be taken off within the next year. I think it’s a good investment to go to a reputable facility that deals primarily with braces to help us maintain them if we decide to move.

    Comment by Jesse Ford on January 15, 2020 at 12:43 am

  5. I think that it will be helpful to follow the tip that you gave to check with your insurance company to see how much they will cover with a dentist before we would hire them. My wife and I have been talking about finding a dentist who we could go to for our regular appointments. We are going to need to find a new one because we are moving to a new home this spring. When we look for one, I will be sure to check with our insurance to check the coverage.

    Comment by charles walk on March 18, 2020 at 3:28 pm

  6. I loved the idea of checking the reviews of a dentist before we would hire them. It sounds like the best way to find one who has a great quality of work. My family and I recently moved to a new home that is pretty far from our old one. My oldest son will be due for a checkup appointment soon, so I am looking for a dentist that we could see for our needs. To help us be confident that we are going to choose the right one, I am going to consider their reviews beforehand.

    Comment by britt wall on April 13, 2020 at 8:40 pm

  7. Thanks! This article was really awesome, particularly since I was searching for thoughts on this topic last Sunday.

    Comment by Anonymous on June 4, 2020 at 7:25 am

  8. I appreciate you saying that it is important to consider the exact services you need before you choose a dentist. My 12-year-old daughter has recently been complaining about an ache in her tooth. I will be sure to find a dentist to take her to that can be helpful with her exact situation.

    Comment by Charlotte Fleet on January 6, 2021 at 12:48 am

  9. I like that you said I should determine my preferences when choosing a dentist because it would help me easily find the right dentist for me. One of my lower molar teeth has been aching lately, so I plan to see a dentist soon. I’ll note your advice and list down my preferences to have an easier find a dental clinic fit for me. Thanks.

    Comment by Levi Armstrong on February 4, 2021 at 9:37 am

  10. My sister called me up last Friday in the afternoon and told me about how she has been having a severe toothache. For this, she intends to visit a dentist and that’s where I told her I would help her out with some research on this. I did some looking around online and there, I found your excellent post. I think its great how you mentioned that patients typically go to doctors by referral from another person they trust, but it’s also important to look at online references, A good point indeed, where I’m sure those like my sister will be glad to keep in mind. I’ll pass this on to her soon, thank you!

    Comment by Dean Phillips on October 8, 2021 at 4:07 am

  11. I loved that you said that it is important to look at online reviews of a dentist. As you said, you may check plenty of sites. This is something that I will consider because I have been experiencing toothaches and tooth sensitivity for the past few days. I definitely want to only deal with a dentist that could offer me the best services.

    Comment by Shammy Peterson on October 8, 2021 at 9:57 pm

  12. Helpful Blog! Thank you for sharing such a nice blog.

    Comment by James Franklin on October 11, 2021 at 9:38 am

  13. I’m glad that you explain the different services a dentist may offer. My cousin needs some cosmetic work. Maybe she can go online to research cosmetic dentists in her area.

    Comment by Erika Brady on October 14, 2021 at 5:34 pm

  14. You bring up a good point that if you find a dentist you love and if you need specialty work, you can be referred to another dentist. I think that it is important to find a good dentist for yourself that you can trust so you get the best care possible. It would be smart to find a professional who would be able to help me maintain my bright and shiny smile.

    Comment by Greta James on October 15, 2021 at 1:12 pm

  15. I like that you said that you could use local directories to find dentists that are located near your home or work. My plan is to see a dentist next Friday because I am interested in dental whitening services and extraction due to an impacted tooth. Since I don’t prefer driving for long hours to see a professional, I will be sure to do your tips.

    Comment by Ava Murphy on October 20, 2021 at 11:30 pm

  16. Thanks for pointing out that not all dentists offer the same services, so you must consider the services being offered by a dentist. My sister has been experiencing severe toothache for the past few days, so she needs to undergo a root canal procedure. She wanted to see a dentist that could provide what she needs and ensure a safe procedure for her, so I will share this with her.

    Comment by Bea A on October 21, 2021 at 4:56 am

  17. It’s good to know that you should pick a budget before a dentist. I haven’t been to the dentist in a few years. I moved to a new area, so I’ll need to find a new one.

    Comment by Eve Mitchell on October 26, 2021 at 10:13 pm

  18. It sure was helpful when you said that you can check review sites like Google. Yelp and Vitals to find reviews about dentists. This is something that I will consider because I am planning to see one this coming Monday, and I only want to see a reputable dentist. Apart from my dental cleaning needs, I need to also have my impacted tooth extracted due to persistent toothaches.

    Comment by Cecille A on October 26, 2021 at 10:13 pm

  19. I found it helpful when you said that ut is important to look at the dentist’s review online on sites like Vitals, Google, and Yelp. This is something that I will consider because I have been experiencing frequent toothaches, and I am afraid for my impacted tooth to get infections. I will be sure to see a dental care professional before this Sunday comes.

    Comment by Dana Hue on November 4, 2021 at 4:42 am

  20. Thank you for pointing out that the dentist we choose should provide the services that we are looking for. I have very bad teeth and I think I would like to find a cosmetic dentist who can help to improve my confidence and my smile. I should definitely find a dentist in my area that can help me with this.

    Comment by Greta James on November 5, 2021 at 12:08 am

  21. You made a good point when you said that not all dentists offer the same services, so you must choose one that can provide what you are looking for. My husband is planning to see a dental professional for dental extraction services next week. He said that his impacted tooth has been causing him pains since last week, and he could no longer tolerate the pains and the distractions it causes when he is at work.

    Comment by Xyler A on November 10, 2021 at 12:14 am

  22. I like that you mentioned that it is important to look for to look at online references when searching for a dentist. I am new to my area and I am looking for a good dentist for my son. Thanks for the tips when choosing a dentist and I hope that I can find a suitable dentist for my son soon!

    Comment by Mats Wolff on November 11, 2021 at 2:36 am

  23. Thanks for the tips about how to choose a dentist. I need to find a dentist since I moved to a new area. I will take some of your advice to find the best dentist for my family.

    Comment by Greta James on November 12, 2021 at 2:30 am

  24. Thanks for pointing out that sites like Google, Yelp, Healthgrades, and others could be used to read reviews about a dentist. My husband and I will surely do this to find a reputable dentist for our dental examinations. Both of us have been complaining about toothaches that could be persistent at night, so we want to find out the best solutions.

    Comment by Jessy Hughes on November 23, 2021 at 3:01 am

  25. I never knew that if you’ve recently moved to a new place or changed your insurance provider, you may be on the lookout for a new dentist! My father is complaining about toothache almost every day. Maybe it’s time to bring him to a dentist for a root canal procedure.

    Comment by Jeff Carbine on November 24, 2021 at 7:39 am

  26. I liked how you pointed out that you’ll have some personal preferences that you should take note of so that you can find a dentist you’re comfortable with. My daughter is looking for a dentist since she’s moved away from home. I’ll be sure to talk to her about this so that she can start thinking about what she’s enjoyed about her old dentist and transferring that to her search.

    Comment by Olivia Smart on December 2, 2021 at 7:53 pm

  27. It made sense to me when you said that not all dentists offer the same services, so you must choose one that can provide what you are looking for. This is something that I will surely do to find a reliable dentist that I can visit on Friday. Apart from toothache problems, I want to also ask about getting veneers to improve my smile. Thanks for sharing this.

    Comment by Shammy Peterson on December 10, 2021 at 2:44 am

  28. I found it helpful when you said that you must choose a dentist that offers the services that you are looking for because not all dentists offer the same services. My husband and I are planning to see a dentist because we have been experiencing toothaches since the other day. Also, we are interested in dental veneers to improve our smiles. Thanks for sharing this.

    Comment by Charisa A on December 14, 2021 at 10:31 am

  29. Thanks for pointing out that not all dentists offer the same services, so you must choose one that offers what you need. My front teeth have signs of damages and stains that I want to get repaired. I will attend a reunion party a few weeks from now, so I will be sure to find a dentist that offers restorative dental services.

    Comment by Liana Smith on January 5, 2022 at 3:47 am

  30. It sure was nice when you said that you can check Google, Healthgrades, and Yelp to read reviews about dentists. This is something that I will surely consider because I want to see one next weekend due to the minor cracks appearing on my two front teeth. Since I want to find a dentist that is highly recommended, I will do your tips.

    Comment by Ellen Hue on January 18, 2022 at 6:11 am

  31. It was a great tip when you said that dentists can make recommendations from other dentists if they don’t offer the services you need. My son has been having toothaches since last night, and I want him to get better as soon as possible. That being said, I’ll definitely find the best dentist in town who can help him with his case.

    Comment by Luke Smith on January 25, 2022 at 12:15 am

  32. Thanks for pointing out that not all dentists offer the same service, so you must choose one that offers the services that you need. With this in mind, I will be sure to find a professional that offers dental cleaning and extraction. The build-up of plaque and tartar on my teeth has been causing me insecurities, so it will make sense to me to see a dentist within the week.

    Comment by Jeana Hughes on January 27, 2022 at 9:33 pm

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