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Choosing a New Dentist

Although a visit to the dentist shouldn’t strike fear in potential patients, many people have reservations about visiting a new dentists' office. One bad experience could lead a person to distrust anyone who carries the title “dentist.” However, there are certain things you can look for when choosing a dentist that may ease your fears, and hopefully leave you feeling satisfied after your dental experience. Here are a couple of ways to assess dentist offices in Bryan/College Station that may help you find a dentist you trust.

Accessibility

Although convenience of location is something to consider, finding a dentist you trust could be worth a small trip. The first visit to any new doctors’ office may be a bit ambiguous for a variety of reasons, but it is important to keep an open mind and realize that additional time spent traveling to the dentists’ office is often worth an increased level of care, quality of service, and affordability.

Cost

Dental work can be expensive, so you should check with your insurance company to find a local practice that accepts your insurance. You can also call the front office of the dentistry to determine the various ways they will accept payment as well as the average cost for basic procedures. Procedures such as fillings, crowns, root canals or cosmetic whitening all vary at each practice. To save yourself a phone call, find out if your insurance is accepted at Anderson & Atkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry here.

Qualifications

What are the professional qualifications of the dentist? Determining that your dentist is trustworthy and experienced will give you confidence when you walk into your appointment. You can get this information easily by calling the front office of the practice. You can ask about the dentists’ academic qualifications, how long they have been practicing, or the size of the practice. If you’re uncomfortable with the answers you receive or the employee cannot give you clear answers, then you may need to keep looking. Many insurance companies can also give you information on the qualifications of your dentist.

Size of Practice

The size of the practice is important to many people. Some want a large practice with many dentists to increase the efficiency of their visit, while others want a smaller, more family-oriented practice lead by a dentist they know and trust. If you are looking for a dentist that will take their time answering your questions, give thorough explanations, and not rush through your appointment, then a smaller practice may be right for you.

Variety of Services

In addition to routine check-ups, dentists provide a variety of specialized services. For instance, if your teeth have suffered wear and tear over the years, you may need a dentist who specifies in restorative services. If you’re unhappy with your smile and want whiter, brighter or straighter teeth, then a dentist who can perform cosmetic services is right for you. Sometimes, you might want all three!

At Anderson & Atkins Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are committed to giving you and every member of your family the care you deserve. Consider us when you’re choosing a dentist that’s right for you. If you’d like more information about our practice or want to schedule an appointment, contact us today.

Sources: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/dental-visits/choosing-a-dentisthttps://www.angieslist.com/articles/5-things-look-when-choosing-new-dentist.htm

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