Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
You would like to have some cosmetic work done, but how does one go about finding the right dental professional for the job? If you’ve never had any type of cosmetic dental procedure before, figuring out who to see can be difficult. Here are a few basic tips that will help you find the right practice and be on your way to correcting whatever dental issues are bothering you.
Try a Referral From Your Family Dentist
If the type of procedure you have in mind is one that your family dentist cannot perform, ask the dentist for recommendations. There’s a good chance that he or she knows of at least a few cosmetic dentists in the area that offer the kind of procedure you need. In many cases, a referral from your primary dentist will be all that you need.
Ask People You Know for Suggestions
You could also put your social network to good use and ask others if they know of a cosmetic dentist to try. In many cases, one or more of your contacts can make recommendations based on their personal experiences. This is helpful in more than one way. On the one hand, it provides you with direct information from someone who had a positive experience with a specific practice. At the same time, you may hear about some of the negative experiences that your friends, relatives, or coworkers had with a given practice. In any event, you have information that will make it easier to choose wisely.
Research Those Suggestions
Armed with several suggestions, begin the process of researching each of the dentists on the list. Use resources like the websites set up for each practice, feedback that you find on social networks, and reviews and ratings that are posted on various websites. Your goal is to determine if a specific practice does offer the type of work you want done, such as all on four implants. You also want to get a better idea of what a larger number of patient think about those practices. The research will help you set aside dentists who are not a good fit and leave you with a small list of possibilities.
Find Out Who Can See You
Once you have narrowed the list to two or three possibilities, find out which ones are currently able to take you on as a patient. Don’t be surprised if one of them is booked several months in advance. If you don’t mind waiting that long to get dental implants or undergo whatever procedure you are seeking, go ahead and make an appointment. You could also check with the remaining practices on the list and find out if one of them can see you sooner.
Remember that you want to choose a cosmetic dentist with the same care applied to finding your family dentist. Take your time, learn all you can in advance, and choose wisely. Doing so will improve the odds that the quality of the work will be high and you will be satisfied with the results.
Andrea Galick is an accomplished Dental Hygienist (RDH) with a passion for helping patients achieve optimal oral health. Andrea has built a reputation as a caring and skilled practitioner who puts her patients at ease and provides individualized care that meets their unique needs.