Tips for finding a new dentist

Tips for finding a new dentist

When searching for a new dentist, it’s important to remember that the majority of healthcare providers care about the quality of care they provide, appropriate treatment techniques and the comfort of their patients.

In addition to treatment skills and judgment, patients may also select a provider based on such factors as location, fees, insurance participation, office appearance and personality traits. Among the best ways to find a reputable dentist are:

  • Talk with people who have been in the community for several years.
  • Ask friends and relatives.
  • Contact dental specialists in the area.
  • Ask your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional.
  • Call the local dental society.
  • Check out Angie’s List for information and reviews.

When researching new dentists, it’s a good idea to call several offices to ask about their practices, listen to how you are greeted and treated on the phone and maybe even schedule some consultations. While this will involve time, it can also save you money and greatly aid in the selection process. 

A consultation visit will give you the opportunity to evaluate the office, the staff, treatment care philosophy and the manner in which you are treated. It is important to determine that the dentist is interested in both your general and overall health, and that he or she gets to know your dental needs and wants. 

Once you have selected a dentist, you should observe how treatment and options are presented. Have you been given the opportunity to ask questions? Does the treatment plan sound appropriate? Have fees and payment arrangements been reviewed? 

These are just some of the questions you will need to answer as the dentist/patient relationship is being established. You may even decide to have some minor procedures performed first to further determine your comfort level with the dentist, staff and office in general. 

About this Angie’s List Expert: Saul Miller DDS is a dentist providing general dentistry services in Philadelphia. Dr. Miller is a graduate of the Temple University School of Dentistry and is a fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. His practice specializes in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and implant restoration.

As of July 17, 2013, this service provider was highly rated on Angie's List. Ratings are subject to change based on consumer feedback, so check Angie's List for the most up-to-date reviews. The views expressed by this author do not necessarily reflect those of Angie's List.

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