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How Do You Choose a Dentist?

We all understand the need of proper dental care and its benefits. However many of us remain unaware of how to choose the right dentist!

Finding a dentist who suits you and your family can be as taxing as finding a needle in a haystack.

We all understand the need of proper dental care and its benefits. However many of us remain unaware of how to choose the right dentist!

Finding a dentist who suits you and your family can be as taxing as finding a needle in a haystack.

Choosing the right dentist for the oral health concerns of you and your family can be daunting and overwhelming. Your health and the health of your family is one of the most important things to you.

Trying to find a qualified and experienced dentist who provides exceptional service at affordable prices may seem next to impossible.

It is important that you are well informed. There are several things to consider before you next visit the dentist.

So we have put together some tips to help you make the right decision:

  1. Know Your Needs

A dental check is not meant for emergencies. Your dental health should determine your choice of dentist.

Dentists often use an alias like "family dentistry" or "cosmetic dentist" to demonstrate the type of treatments they offer.

Take your time to choose the right dentist. And then plan a proper checkup schedule.

  1. Know What to Ask

Healthy gums are as important as a healthy body and mind. Finding the right dentist for you and your family could be challenging.

It is vital to know their complete history before you choose a dentist. Inquire correctly about the dentist's clinical experience and training history.

  1. Time and Location

Pick a dentist located near to your home or workplace. Other than daily convenience, you should consider the time it will take for you to reach the dentist in case of an emergency.

Make sure the dental clinic you choose, works on the days when you will be able to fix an appointment. Also, check if they are available on weekends? Do they also work as an emergency dentist?

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  1. 4 Fees, Payment and Insurance

Know if the dentist accepts your insurance plan. Do they offer multiple payment options?

Try to get an estimate of charges for general procedures like root canal and fillings.

And don't forget to ask if the dentist provides referrals to specialists.

  1. Are You Comfortable?

A good dentist prefers to explain problems and solutions to help the patient take the right decision about their dental care.

Rather than just telling you what to do, a dentist should explain the cause of the problem and results of the treatment. You should also feel comfortable with the dentist to ask questions.

If you believe your dentist listens and understand your concerns, you have made the right choice.

  1. Type of Equipment your Dentist Uses

A dentist should use the latest equipment followed by a mastery of meticulous techniques required for the implementation of treatments.

Go to a dentist who can provide you long-lasting, high-quality dental restorations.

  1. Check their License

Verify the dentist's license through online state dental board or state licensing office.

Dental practitioners with overseas qualifications need to register themselves with Dental Board of Australia.

You can also verify whether there have been any disciplinary actions against the dentist.

  1. Ask for Recommendations

Ask your family and friends where they go for dental care? What do they like about their dentist?

Check for the list of dentists who are members of professional dental associations.

You can also ask your GP or other medical practitioners for referrals.

  1. Make a Consultation Visit

Create a list of all prospective dentists and call them. Visit the ones you like for a general discussion.

Don't forget to ask if the dentist is a part of an organised dentistry association, and find out their dental procedures.

How to Find a Dentist?

Well now you know how to choose a dentist. All you've got to do is find one :)

The best way could be by asking your friends, relative or co-workers.

If general opinions are not enough, ask your dental insurance company or visit your state's dental association. Normally, you will have to pay less if you go to the dentists referred by your insurance company.

Local hospitals can also refer you to professional local dentists. Some of these hospitals also have their own inhouse dental clinics.

The Australian Dental Association gives you a list of all the registered dental professionals operating in Australia.

To find a dentist quickly, go the online portal of Australian Dental Association (ADA) and search by location or a dentist name.

And if you are in the Northern Suburbs of Sydney, do give Chatswood Dental Centre a call on 02 9199 2332 to discuss your dental needs.

About Dr Sakshi Gupta

Dr Sakshi GuptaDr Sakshi Gupta graduated from the University of Adelaide. After graduation, she worked for several years in private practice on the Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and now Sydney. Sakshi prides herself on performing dentistry to the highest standard. She aims to build trusting relationships with all her patients. Her friendly and gentle nature ensures that all patients have a pleasant experience at Chatswood Dental Centre.

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