Would you trust just about anyone with your teeth?
Considering that some oral procedures are irreversible, you should entrust your pearly whites to the right person. But what makes an excellent San Diego dentist?
What to Look for in a Dentist:
- Professional qualifications
A dentist’s professional training will tell you a lot about their capabilities. Between someone in practice since 1979 and one who recently started, the former is sure to have a longer working experience. But unless they have undergone ongoing education and postgraduate training, their skills might not be as up to date as the new dentist.
So make sure you ask about a dentist’s professional experience and qualifications. A reliable clinic will not have a problem dishing out the information that you need. If it is the opposite, you may want to look for another dentist.
- Location and office hours
For your convenience, choose a dentist that is close to home or work. This way, scheduling visits and arriving on time won’t be a problem. So, if you live in San Diego, look for a San Diego dentist near you. Don’t forget to check that the office hours coincide with the times when you are available to schedule an appointment. If you can only manage during the weekends, for example, the dentist should be open during the weekends or, at the very least, on a Saturday.
- A clean and modern office
Cleanliness is often a good indication that a clinic is reliable and hygienic. This also serves as assurance that all the equipment used is sanitized, and the entire staff follows the best sanitary and care practices. You should seriously reconsider if the surroundings are dirty and the staff is disorganized.
- Up-to-date technology
Anyone would feel comfortable and confident in a clinic’s services with the knowledge that dental care is delivered using state-of-the-art, high-technology equipment and techniques. Advanced technology, after all, is designed to automate a process to a certain extent, or ensure a diagnosis is accurate. A good dentist should have digital x-ray technology, at the very least.
There’s a reason why some dentists charge more than others. You have to take into account professional fees, and the materials and equipment used. However, if the cost doesn’t add up with the services provided, you could be in the wrong clinic.
- Personal comfort
The Dentist-patient relationship is vital, regardless of which San Diego dentist you choose. So make sure to choose a dentist that you are most comfortable with for a less stressful visit or appointment. Is he someone you can talk to about symptoms, or explains about a procedure thoroughly? Personal comfort is also influenced by how friendly and accommodating the staff is, especially dental assistants who are often the first and last points of patient contact.
Most importantly, choose a San Diego dentist who will carry out the primary responsibility for any and all of your dental care procedures. What’s the point of checking out their qualifications when someone else handles the job for them? A dentist who truly cares will handle their patient with utmost care.
Visit our clinic today or go online to smileshqsandiego.com to learn more about our dentists, Dr. Prater and Dr. Nguyen.