What to Look For In a Dental Office
Perhaps you realize that you'd like to find a new dental office that suits your needs. Whether you've relocated or decided you'd like to seek different care for a new dental problem you have, there are a few essential protocols every good dental office will have in place:
- A dental practice should start every adult patient's first visit with an interview that considers your dental and medical history (and desired outcomes).
- Then you will likely get a comprehensive dental clinical examination, a full set of X-rays, and an oral cancer exam. Depending on your specific situation, you may also get diagnostic and intraoral photographs, complete periodontal charting, and other exams, if needed.
- If your dentist feels that your treatment plan requires guidance from other specialties, they may refer you to a specialist.
- After considering all of the information the dental team has gathered, the team can create an individualized dental treatment plan for you. They should be able to answer all of your questions regarding who will be performing the treatment, its cost, how long it will take, the recovery process, etc.
Note that every dental office has its way of operating and treating patients. To that end, practices may differ in what information they deem necessary to create a suitable treatment plan. And while we love being a trusted resource for advice, we believe that your dental professional, not the internet, is your best resource for determining the fee for your specific treatment.
We know that looking back at every potential aspect of dental care can feel overwhelming. But that's why dental care truly means something different to everyone. Perhaps you've only experienced routine maintenance and never needed a filling (lucky you!). Maybe you have just had a baby and are curious about when their oral care journey truly begins. Or you're an older adult who'd like to find a new dentist for your specific oral care needs. Regardless of your stage in life, we all fall somewhere along this dental care journey!
By committing to a rigorous oral care routine, going to your checkups, and staying open and curious to potential oral health curveballs that come your way, you are doing everything you can to take care of your and your family's smiles!