If you’re seeking a new dentist what should you, the patient, look for? Of course you want a dentist with excellent dentistry skills but you shouldn’t stop at that – there are many other factors which are important to consider. These factors are essential if you’re going to build a good relationship with your dentist and secure excellent dental health for you and your family in the future. Read on to find out what we recommend that you look for in a good dentist…
A dentist needs to make you feel comfortable from the moment you step through the door. It’s no good signing up to the best dentist in town if you’re greeted by an unfriendly receptionist and find that the practice waiting room is not in tip-top condition. First impressions are important and you should feel at home as soon as you arrive.
Choose a dentist who is happy to explain all of the pros and cons of each suggested treatment to you. In dentistry, like life, there are always options and it is important that your dentist works with you to find out what will work best for your current situation.
Minimise Fear and Discomfort
In all dental treatment it is possible to reduce the level of pain and discomfort to a minimum. Likewise, there are ways that a dentist can help you to under-go treatment free from fear. Make sure you choose a practice that have good procedures for this, so that you have the best experience possible.
Transparency with Fees
Nobody wants to have a nasty shock after they have visited their dentist in the form of a big bill, so make sure that you choose a dentist who is transparent with their fees. If you know what it will cost you before you go, you can choose to spread the cost, or you can prepare in another way, such as beginning your own weekly or monthly dental fund.
Realistic Treatment Results
A good dentist should also be honest and open with you about how long the treatment you have chosen will last for. For example, they will give you an indication of how long a filling will last, or how much use you can expect to get from a set of dentures before needing to replace them. Don’t be afraid to ask, as a good dentist will be only too happy to advice.
Passion and Commitment to Service
We always say that a little passion goes along way. Make sure you choose a dentist that is really passionate about their work and you can be sure to receive excellent treatment.
Here at Paul Lowe Dentistry we meet all of these criteria and we would be happy to have you at our practice. Please get in touch with one of our friendly team who can arrange an appointment for you to come in and meet us.