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Getting The Most Out Of Your Dental Experience

When you are looking for and visiting a dentist there are many factors to take into consideration. In this article we will be discussing the things to look for and ways in which you can get the most out of your dental experience. 

Be Picky

First of all, find a dental office that is close to you. With the amount of dentists there are out there you shouldn't have a problem being a little picky about this, particularly if you live in a metropolitan area. 

Second, check out their online reviews. If you visit a dentist's Google My Business listing you can usually read many reviews and see plenty of pictures of the office. This gives you a good idea of what you might expect if you schedule an appointment there. Dental offices with more reviews give you a better idea of the quality of care you will receive there. For instance, if you are looking for a dentist in St. Clair, MO, you might want to check out St. Clair Family Dentistry’s Google My Business listing. 

Do they accept your insurance? If not, keep on looking. You will want to get the maximum benefit out of your dental insurance. Of course, some people do not have dental insurance. If that is the case for you, you will want to find out if they offer discounts for cash patients, payment plans, or even membership plans that make visiting their office cheaper. 

Do they have a new patient special or offer a complimentary consultation for the service you are looking for? Many dental offices offer special pricing or even free exams. 

Do they offer the latest in techniques and technology? You may need to call the office and ask about this, specifically relating to any services you are considering or think are likely for you to need. 

Cutting edge dental techniques and expensive dental technology can help patients recover from dental surgery and other procedures quicker. For example, lasers can reduce bleeding and increase precision. CBCT's and other scanners can give the dentist a better look at your mouth and jaw before surgery so that they can make a better diagnosis and plan better for how to treat you. 

Schedule An Exam

Once you settle on an office, take notice of the way the staff and dentist treat you. A visit to the dentist can be an anxious time for many people. You will want to make sure that they communicate clearly, honestly, and kindly. Caring and gentle staff can really set the tone for a comfortable and more enjoyable visit to the dentist.

Think of your relationship with your dentist as a partnership. They should be able to offer you a range of dental treatment options for many oral health problems. When discussing your treatment options with your dentist, be sure to outline the following three factors before choosing a plan: complexity of procedure, durability of option, and cost.

Effective dentists should share the benefits and drawbacks of each treatment option. It’s important that you tell your dentist about yourself and your needs and you shouldn’t be afraid to ask the dental team about treatment recommendations.

A good dentist will take the time to understand your personality and circumstances. They should then provide you with a range of treatment options with their strengths, advantages and disadvantages discussed in detail.

If in doubt, ask plenty of questions as communication is central to building a successful relationship. A good dentist will be able to provide a customized dental plan for every individual but it is important that the patient asks questions if necessary in order to understand their oral care.

  • Can you tell me how each examination process works?
  • What are the available treatment options in respect of my individual needs?
  • Should I consider other treatments?
  • Which options do you recommend?
  • What should be treated right away and what can wait to be addressed at a later time?
  • What can I do to prevent these problems from happening again in the future?

See Your Dentist Regularly

Twice a year is a good rule of thumb for seeing your dentist. In addition to good oral hygiene, regular dental visits help in identifying problems before they become too big. Waiting to see a dentist only after you have pain usually just results in more pain and a bigger bill. In some cases, it can even lead to irreversible effects. 

Regular dental visits not only help you to stay on top of potential problems, but you should have a cleaning by your dentist or dental hygienist during that time. The cleaning will clear away a build up of tartar and plaque. This is a deep cleaning that you cannot get from simple at home dental hygiene. 


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