4 Essential Questions To Ask A Prospective Dentist

We people tend to take our health for granted. In dire situations, like when worsening toothaches or any other dental condition get the best of our productivity, we always turn to our local dentist for help. Being so preoccupied by pain, with focus on the procedure and not on the series of question we should ask our dentist before leaving the clinic.

You can save as much as a thousand dollars on your next visit to the dentist by asking these simple questions:

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Can you give me a detailed prognosis on how I got this condition?

Dentists charge a handsome amount for their services; therefore, we should also ask a handsome amount of questions to get our money’s worth. If you got your condition from any traumatic injury, or suddenly experienced unusual throbbing pain while you were on a dietary regimen, tell your dentist so he/she can readily assess what’s going on in your mouth. Dentists are not mind-readers – so we must tell them what they need to know. There are also cases where patients will avoid telling the dentist the truth because of the sensitive nature of the prolem. For example, if a sexual act has caused a pain or lump in the mouth, it’s important that the dentist knows that.  Dentists must also abide by the “doctor-patient confidentiality” laws that will disbar any dentist from practice if he/she leaks out “any” details if your conversation – more so if it is sensitive information. So feel free to tell your dentist anything that may have triggered the onset of your condition.

What areas do you specialize in?

cosmetic dentistThe banner outside of the office or on the website may not always give a clear embodiment of that dentist’s purported ‘specialty’. If you are in any way doubtful, or just making sure that your dentist does well in what he claims, ask him a few questions on his track record and how he earned his reputation as a ‘leading’ cosmetic dentist.

Many a time, dentists fall short of their promises and give their patients substandard services. If you feel that your tooth/teeth did not get any better or if the procedure – and by regard, any procedure (might it be a simple tooth extraction or a root canal) – just worsened the previous condition of your tooth, go back to the dentist and ask for an explanation on why your tooth did not get better. If he declines or reacts prematurely in any way, and does not give even a partial refund if he knows what he did is wrong, you can file a report to your local dentist organization. Be sure to check your dentist’s affiliations before filing a complaint. Sending a complaint directly to his affiliate organization may expedite the process of ruling him out the flock of ‘good’ dentists. Visit the American Dental Association (ADA) website for more details on this matter. There have been many cases of ‘bad’ dentists, meaning you’re not alone in your plight.

Do I need to buy your product?

It’s been said through and through – ask questions. If your dentist forcefully recommends a product to you, ask him/her why you should buy that product. Many patients buy a product the same day their procedure took place. It’s best if you do your research about that product first, then come at a later time and date when you are set to buy that product.

If you find cheaper dental products similar to what your dentist is recommending to you, ask for peer advice from internet communities on whether you buy either the product your dentist endorses or a similar, cheaper dental product readily available on the internet.

Can you give me a discount?

dentist discountPatients should rectify their ideals of not asking a discount from a professional. Indeed, professional work requires professional fees, but dentists are human beings too – able to empathize to your financial needs. Dental discounts can be given by the dentist especially when you come to an agreement of paying in cash than using immediate dental insurance – you’ll still get a refund anyway.

On your next trip to the dentist, don’t forget to ask these questions. You’ll save a lot and learn a lot too.

A Few Simple Tips For Finding A Great Dentist

Finding a great dentist isn’t easy. Whether you live in Hawaii or Fort Myers, FL, this can be a daunting task, especially if you haven’t been to a dentist for a while. Here are some simple tips to help make this task easier:

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Ask People You Know

A great way to find a dentist is to ask other people that you know and trust. Word of mouth advertising, especially amongst your family, colleagues or friends is so critical. Often they will have good recommendations. In addition to asking what dentist they recommend, ask about other qualitative factors. Find out if the dentist is friendly, has a nice waiting room and has a great staff.

What if you are new to an area?

If you are new to an area, you may not know anyone who can recommend a great dentist. So what do you do in this scenario? Ask credible people who are in a position to know who the best dentists are. Often hospitals and other health facilities employ the services of a number of dentists. So they are in a great position to know who the best dentists are. All you need to do is call them up and ask for a recommendation.

You can also ask a local dental school. Dental schools are in a great position to know who the best dentists are in the area. In addition, dental schools may even offer lower rates than a regular dentist for dental care. Sure, you will have students performing your dental care, but they will be well supervised by extremely experience dentists who know what they are doing.

Use the Internet

Today, everything is on the web. Search for a website that lists dentists in your area along with patient reviews. A great resource like Yelp.com is great for something like this. Look for a dentist that is convenient for you and also look at their reviews. Make sure that their patients have a lot of good things to say about them. And if a dentist has a lot of negative reviews, look elsewhere.

Also visit the dentist’s website. You can learn a lot by checking out their website. Does the dentist offer all of the dental services required to meet their needs? You can also get a feel for the dentist’s personality by the way they have designed their site and what they talk about on their website. And if the dentist has posted a video, then you are really in luck. You can get a good sense of their personality too.

Special Dental Needs

When choosing a dentist, you should also consider your special dental needs. If you have healthy teeth, choosing a dentist is easier because all dentists are able to do the basics like cleanings and taking x-rays. But if you have crooked teeth you may want a dentist that specializes in orthodontics. Or if you want your teeth to look better you may want a dentist that specializes in cosmetic dentistry and so on.

Check Your Dental Plan

Another great way to choose a dentist is to look at the dentists that are pre-approved by your dental plan. In this case, you will already know that they will accept your dental insurance. But you should be sure to ask a lot of questions to confirm that they are the right dentist for you.

Call the Dentist

Once you have narrowed down your list of potential dentists, call them. See how you are treated on the phone. Confirm that they take your insurance. Find out

  • how to get to the office
  • what their business hours are
  • how they handle dental emergencies that are outside of their business hours.

Take a Test Drive

Some dentists will offer free consultations or even free cleanings to prospective patients. Take them up on their offer. You will get free service and also a chance to chat with them so that you can see if you get a long.

Don’t Get Taken for a Ride

Some unscrupulous dentists will try to sell you services or treatments that you do not need. In this situation, go with your gut instinct and get a second opinion from another dentist if you are unsure that any treatment is not right for you.

Also, some bad dentists will post fake reviews on review websites. So always take the reviews that you see on these sites with a grain of salt. Make sure that the reviews align with your experience with the dentist and look elsewhere if they do not.

Remember you don’t have to go with the first dentist that you find. If you are not happy with them in anyway, keep on looking. Eventually you will find the right dentist for you and your smile.