There may be times in your life when you need to look for a new dentist. Maybe yours retired or switched practices. Maybe you moved or need a dentist closer to your home. Regardless of the reason, you need to make careful considerations when choosing a new dentist.
How should I choose a new dentist?
We first recommend asking family, friends, or neighbors for recommendations on a new dentist. You can also ask your current dentist or doctor to recommend a qualified dentist. Once you have complied a list of dental practices recommended by those close to you, we recommend checking out the dentists’ websites and review sites to narrow down your list to two or three practices. You should look for a dentist with a good reputation that has given patients many positive experiences. Once you have a few dentists in mind, we recommend calling or visiting the practice to make your final selection.
What should I look for in a new dentist?
Each individual has his or her own specific needs when looking for a dentist, and it is important for you to make sure you pick the dental practice that is right for you. We have outlined some basic guideline questions you may want to ask yourself when looking for a new dentist:
• Is your dentist licensed with your state licensing board?
• Does the dental practice accept your insurance?
• Are the location and office hours convenient for you?
• Does the office appear clean and organized?
• Where did the dentist attend school and what kind of training does he/she have?
• Do you feel comfortable with the dentist and office staff?
• What are the prices for dental services in comparison to similar practices?
• What are your options if you have a dental emergency?
• How far in advance are appointments booked?
• What are the average waiting room times?
• Are they currently accepting new patients?
Once you have answered all of these questions, you will likely have a front-runner dentist that you would like to pursue. The next steps would be to contact the dentist and tell them you would like to be a new patient – that’s it! On your first appointment, you will likely have to fill out paperwork regarding your medical history, and the dentist may take a bit longer performing a more thorough examination. After that, you should be good to go with your new dentist. Good luck in your search!