How to Choose a Dentist
Recently our receptionist took a call from a new patient. The patient had seen a television spot about our practice hosting a special clinic for the local Free Clinic. The senior member of our practice, Dr. Viglione, was featured in the story. She immediately liked his demeanor and gray hair! “He seems kind and gentle and seasoned.” She wanted the gray-haired one.
There are many factors that may influence how you choose your dentist. Some start their search by looking at convenience. Location that is close to home or work may factor into the decision. But that should not be the limiting factor. We have patients that come from as far away as other states and plan their visits to the area around their dental appointments. Once they developed that all important relationship with their dentist, they wanted to continue under their care even after moving from the area.
The primary way most patients come to us is through referral of someone they know and trust. After they have asked their friend or co-worker, the next thing we would recommend is that they do an internet search for the dentist and check their background and affiliations. Most dentists who are current in dental technology, which is what you should be looking for, will also have informative websites. This will provide you with a chance to look them over for yourself. Take time especially to look at patient testimonials. Also, look for actual pictures of their office space. The facility should above all appear clean, up to date, and show evidence that they are practicing proper infection control.
Dental specialists and medical doctors are excellent resources for referral. Specialists work with many general dentists and are good judges of the quality of dentistry that they see. Further they will know how accommodating their offices and staff are in working with patients.
Ultimately your goal is to find a dental home where you are comfortable and you “partner” with the dental professionals to achieve optimal oral health.