With the arrival of a brand new year, you may be like many other people who have switched or canceled their dental insurance plans and may no longer have in-network coverage for the dentist that you have been seeing. Perhaps your dentist has recently retired and you need to find a new dentist. Or maybe you are searching for specialized dental care for a particular dental problem. While searching for a new dental care professional may seem overwhelming at first, the process becomes much easier once you know how and where you should begin to find ideal candidates. Here are some helpful tips that can help you find the right dentist or prosthodontist for you.
You can start by talking to family, friends or co-workers for suggestions. People who are happy with services they receive from their dentist or prosthodontist are usually very willing to make recommendations. You may also consider asking your existing dentist for referrals. An additional source may include your local or state dental association.
Do Some Investigating
Once you have a list of possible replacements, it is time to hunker down and do some research. First of all, check to see if the candidates have an online presence, specifically an engaging website complete with an informational blog that can provide additional valuable material about the practice. You will also want to know what current patients have to say about the person who helps them take care of their oral health. Reviews can be found online on independent review websites or the dentist’s website.
Pay a Visit and Ask Questions
After you have narrowed down your search, it is time to see what kind of impression the remaining candidates will make in person. While an initial consultation can be very helpful, it may also be necessary to arrange an actual appointment to have a more in-depth discussion. Remember, you are looking for a dentist or prosthodontist with whom you will be comfortable and who has the expertise for which you are searching. Before your appointment, take some time to draft a list of questions you can ask. The list can include questions to verify the information you discovered during your research. Some questions you may want to ask may include:
- How long have you been practicing?
- What are your credentials?
- What are the office hours?
- What type of payments do you accept?
You will also want to be very observant during your visit and consider some factors that can help you come to a decision:
- Do you believe you could form a long-term relationship with the dentist?
- Was the dentist curious about the state of your oral health and did they ask pertinent questions?
- Does the staff work well together and create a responsive environment?
At Trailhead Dental, we welcome new patients. Call us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Limmer if you are considering implants or other cosmetic work.