It can be hard to find a new dentist, which is why our Amherstburg dental team is sharing tips and advice on how you can find the right dentist for you.
The Dentist's Reputation
A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Ask family, friends, and coworkers about the dentists they see and research their suggestions yourself – online reviews are great for this.
You might want to reach out to your provincial or local dental society to get a list of the dentists that are practicing in your area.
Comfort Level & Personal Rapport
The relationship you have with your dentist is important, so it's essentail to take into consideration how comfortable you feel with this person. At your first appointment or initial consultation with the new dentist ask yourself the following questions:
Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively?
Services, Specailties & Emergency Care
Thanks to the advancements that have been made in dental technology dentists can now offer a wide variety of services. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, you might want to opt for a dentist that specializes in that specific area.
Office Hours & Location
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?
For patients with special needs, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Costs & Money Concerns
The costs of different services often differ between different dental practices. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically.
Does the office accept different payment methods (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
While your dental health is more important, money could also be a problem. Don’t be afraid to ask for an estimate for any services or procedures you may need. Our administrative team can answer any concerns or questions you might have.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
The Dental Office
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Are you able to visit the office prior to scheduling your first appointment to help you make your choice? At Fort Malden Dentistry we allow patients to visit us at prescheduled times so they can get to know the office.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Accepting new patients in Amherstburg
Our dentists and team are currently welcoming new patients to our office. If you are on the hunt for a new dentist in Amherstburg, we hope you take us into consideration.