When considering your implant dentist options, use these five techniques to find the best implant dentist for you.
Online reviews are a great place to start. Reviews written by people who have worked with the dentist will give you the best idea about how the dentist works. It will let you know how much time the dentist dedicates to patients, whether the staff is helpful, and how the dentist responds to complaints.
Don’t be swayed by just one terribly negative or positive review. First, you don’t know if any one review is legitimate, and even if a person did have a bad experience, you’re not sure whether it’s the dentist’s fault or if the person didn’t comply with the dentist’s instructions. The same goes for a single positive review–that could be the dentist’s mom for all you know.
Instead, focus on the overall flavor of online reviews, and if there are any bad reviews, evaluate how the dentist responded to them, if allowed.
Before and After Pictures
Next, go to a dentist’s smile gallery to see what kind of results a dentist can achieve. Start out by looking at dental implants, of course, but look at other procedures, too. A bad-looking porcelain veneers case, for example, might show that the dentist has no sense of what makes a good-looking smile.
Next, you’ll want to look at the dentist’s biography on the site. Hopefully, it includes a lot of information about their original training and any continuing education they’ve been pursuing since they got their dental degree.
Dentists should belong to a number of professional organizations. These organizations hold their members to high standards of excellence and morality, so you know that someone is looking over the dentist’s shoulders to make sure they’re being professional.
There should also be information about any outside interests the dentist has so you can begin to get a sense of the dentist’s personality and you can start to decide whether this is a dentist you’d like to work with.
The Company They Keep
A dental implant procedure is very complicated, and for the best results, it’s usually best to work with more than one implant dentist, so that each dentist can focus on doing what they’re best at.
If you can’t tell who that other implant dentist works with by looking on their website, the dentist either does it all himself or isn’t proud of their partner, neither of which is a good situation.
Once you do find out who a dentist works with, you can evaluate their technical and aesthetic training and talent.
A Personal Interview
Finally, meet with a dentist in person before you start your procedure. A long, detailed conversation can help you truly understand who a dentist is and what it would be like working with them. Ask them about all the things you’ve already evaluated, from their training to their implant dentist partner.
And make sure you meet with more than one dentist so that you can compare them in person and figure out which you would most like to work with.
If you are looking for an Orange County implant dentist, please call (949) 551-5902 for an appointment at Rice Dentistry in Irvine.