We recently highlighted an article Dr. Aranguren wrote for WebDental titled “Finding a Great Periodontal Practice.” In the article, Dr. Aranguren lists steps you might consider when making your decision like:
Finding a dentist that is immersed in ongoing continuing education
Researching an office that continually updates technology, procedures and protocols
Asking about infection control procedures
Making sure the practice monitors your overall health
Finding a hygienist you love
Asking about anesthesia and sedation alternatives
Researching choices in payment plans
Establishing that there are convenient hours to suit your schedule
Don’t just pick a dentist because your current dental insurance company has reached an agreement with a particular practice regarding pricing. Insurance coverage is positive, for sure, but doesn’t tell you anything about the quality of dental work you can expect.
Says the author: “Good dentistry done right the first time can save you time, money and pain (physical and emotional).” The proverb “that which is cheap is dear” reflects the notion that you might initially save money on a purchase which proves expensive (dear) in the end when you must replace the item—in this case dental work-which in fact are your body parts!
”Nice” Dentists recommendations are important, but the reality is that “nice” doesn’t always equate to quality care. Look for nice AND professional with proven results.
Driving five minutes to an appointment versus 45 is certainly a time saver, but finding the practice that you can rely on for long-term oral health is worth a few more minutes behind the wheel. How about an audio book or some good tunes?
The Bottomline When It Comes to Choosing a Practice:
You hopefully will have a long, comfortable, satisfying and productive relationship with your dental providers. The more questions you ask when signing on with a new practice, the better the result.
Contactthe South Florida Center for Periodontics & Implant Dentistry for a free consultation. No referrals are necessary. Your teeth deserve only the best!