Find the Right Dentist For You

How to Find the Right Dental Professional

Here are some ways to help you find a qualified dental professional close to you. By doing a little research, you can discover a dentist who is right for you.

  • Use your trusted search engine like Google, Yahoo, and MSN. Most dentists have business listings on the internet. It is a quick and direct way to find a dentist.  Personally, I do not trust and rely on the reviews from the large search engines.  These can be manipulated easily. The other potential is that patients can be bribed with gift cards in exchange for a review.  I have actually seen this done in a dental practice.  In the other spectrum, if someone is unhappy about something they are more likely to write a negative review than a satisfied patient writing a positive review. This one negative review can bring a five star review to four or even three stars, which will make the dentist seem average. Reading through reviews it appears  that in many instances the reviews are not related to actual treatment that was completed.  Patients either vent about a billing issue, or that the staff was not friendly.  Get over it, we all have bad days.  The whole office is under a microscope with the help of online reviews.
  • Call a local dental association. Visit their website. They can be an excellent resource.
  • Ask a friend or a family member. “Word-of-mouth” is a common way to find out more information.
  • Indirect internet search. There are several websites that allow users to rate dental offices and dentist. You can also read comments made by patients.

How to Find an Implant Dentist Near You

  • Use your trusted search engine like Google, Yahoo, and MSN. Most dentists have business listings on the internet. It is a quick and direct way to find a dentist.  Personally, I do not trust and rely on the reviews from the large search engines.  These can be manipulated easily. The other potential is that patients can be bribed with gift cards in exchange for a review.  I have actually seen this done in a dental practice.  In the other spectrum, if someone is unhappy about something they are more likely to write a negative review than a satisfied patient writing a positive review. This one negative review can bring a five star review to four or even three stars, which will make the dentist seem average. Reading through reviews it appears  that in many instances the reviews are not related to actual treatment that was completed.  Patients either vent about a billing issue, or that the staff was not friendly.  Get over it, we all have bad days.  The whole office is under a microscope with the help of online reviews.
  • Call a local dental association. Visit their website. They can be an excellent resource.
  • Ask a friend or a family member. “Word-of-mouth” is a common way to find out more information.
  • Indirect internet search. There are several websites that allow users to rate dental offices and dentist. You can also read comments made by patients.

 

Find the Right Dentist

  • Location:

People are often willing to travel a little further to see a highly recommended doctor. Some patients prefer an office that is easy to find, has convenient hours, allow easy access and parking, and/or be close to public transportation.

  • Gender and age:

Some people have a preference for a dentist of the same gender or of a certain age group. These factors however, probably do not have much to do with the qualifications of the practitioner.

  • Language:

Effective communication is important to every doctor-patient relationship. If this could be a concern, you may want to ask what languages are routinely spoken in the office.

  • Office intangibles:

Your experience with a doctor’s practice can be influenced by non-medical things, such as how you were greeted on the phone, how the office looks, the attitudes of the staff, the way the doctor makes you feel and other intangibles.

Associations and Organizations:

  • American Dental Association (ADA)
    http://www.ada.org/

    • Obtain the latest information on implants and other dental related topics.

Other Helpful Online Resources

  • American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS)
    http://www.aaoms.org

    • This site provides general information about the surgical aspects of dentistry. It includes information on wisdom tooth extractions, implants, corrective jaw surgery, oral cancer, nutrition, snoring, sleep apnea and much more.
  • American College of Prosthodontists (ACP)
    http://www.prosthodontics.org/

    • Good source of information on more complex dental implant cases as well as a wide variety of other dental cosmetic procedures.
  • American Academy of Periodontology (AAP)
    http://www.perio.org/

    • Provides information on gum disease, dental implants, and various periodontal surgical procedures.
  • Nobel Biocare
    http://www.nobelbiocare.com

    • Nobelbiocare is one of the major manufacturers of dental implants and implant related products.
  • Straumann
    http://www.straumann.com/

    • One of the leaders in dental implant technology. The site provides useful information for patients interested in dental implants.