In earlier decades, towns and cities were significantly smaller than they are now and finding a dentist was a matter of walking down the street to your neighbourhood dentist, or driving downtown to “see that fellow your sister recommended.” In the past three decades major cities have exploded in size opening new doors for dental professionals everywhere. So how to you choose the dentist that’s right for you and your family?
In a typical lifetime, you will have to see your dentist at east once per year for typical checkups; factor in incidentals (cavities, dentures, crowns, a root canal, etc.) and you’re there a lot more often. Add in some cosmetic dentistry (teeth whitening, veneers, etc.) and you’re taking the level of service from your dentist to new heights.
How To Choose
- Visit your local Dentist Association website for a list of recommended Dentists in the city.
- If you are moving from one province/state to another, check with your previous dentist to get his / her opinion on a new one.
- Ask your friends, neighbours, colleagues, etc. about the dentists they have used.
- After you have your search narrowed a bit, visit more than one dentist to see if you feel it’s a good fit.
- Ask the dentists if they have recall schedules for regular patient checkups.
- Ask for treatment options – good dentists will always give you all the options, not just the most expensive one.
- Ask your candidates if all treatments are explained fully before being completed and if they always have ready lists of advantages and disadvantages of specific treatments.
Why It’s Important to Find the Right Dentist
Your dentist is the person that will be responsible for your oral care for a very long period of time. You need to make sure that the dentist you choose has a specific list of services in all three categories of dentistry: Preventative, Restorative and Cosmetic.
Preventative dentistry refers to regular checkups, periodontal therapy, nightguards for teeth grinding and oral cancer screening, among others. These services should be offered on a regular basis to their patients.
Restorative dentistry are procedures that you may need throughout your lifetime. These procedures include: fillings, tooth extractions, dentures and partials, root canals, and dental implants.
Cosmetic dentistry is a rapidly expanding arm of dentistry and is now being offered at most dental offices. These services are aesthetic services and are generally performed to perform “smile makeovers.” These include: teeth whitening, porcelain veneers or Lumineers, bonding, and tooth jewelry.
Whether you’ve just moved into Edmonton or are unhappy with your current dentist, finding the local dentist that’s right for you is crucial to your oral and general health.