Dental care can be a significant expense, especially in a large household. From regular checkups, cleanings, and treating issues like cavities or root canals, your annual bills can get to the point where you feel overwhelmed financially. For many, switching dentists or looking for an alternative can become a moot point as all the expensive x-rays and imaging has to be repeated and paid for.
So if you are in the market for a dentist, either because you cannot afford the one you currently have, you don’t get along, or you have moved, it’s worth taking the time to find the perfect fit before committing and building a doctor-patient relationship.
Here are some things you should be looking for in your dentist:
Values your Time
We all know dentists are important. However, our time is also precious, so if you find yourself sitting in the waiting room for an unacceptable amount of time, it’s time to say goodbye. The time you are spending unattended can easily translate into loss of your productivity, as you could have spent that time working, running errands, or clearly anything you want. Additionally, if you have some sort of dental issue, whether it’s pain or some sort of accident, how long does it take to schedule an appointment? Do you wait for hours, days, or weeks? You shouldn’t be a patient if you feel like you aren’t a priority. Search for a Montreal dentist who will minimize your waiting time and maximize your comfort. We’re patients, but no one said you had to be endlessly “patient”.
Keeps You Informed
As patients, we’re already in the difficult situation of having hands or tools in our mouths, however, that shouldn’t be that much of a problem since your dentist should be doing the bulk of the talking. He or she should be explaining what they are doing in your mouth, the treatments they are applying, and why they are proceeding the way they are with diagnostics, etc. Look for a dentist who asks for your consent instead of wordlessly sending you off with slips of paper, and one who is willing to answer any questions you may have. This could save you from a lot of unnecessary expenses down the road.
Uses the Best and Newest
Life teaches us that it’s often better to do something once but properly than be continuously trying to patch the issue. The same goes for dental care. Research a dentist that uses the newest and greatest things in dental technology and techniques so that you are getting quality care the first time. There should be no “nagging” issues caused by poorly done dental work, and therefore fewer trips (and bills) for additional work.
Gives Recommendations on Care
Taking care of your dental health boils down to much more than just your bi-annual visit to the dentist’s. A great part of it is about daily maintenance, hygiene and the habits you have in place. Your dentist, apart from reporting on the status of things, should be giving you recommendations on how to keep your teeth in the best state of health possible. All the comments should be in your personal context and address your specific needs and lifestyle.
Choosing a proper dentist can lead to incredible savings of time and money down the road. Don’t be afraid to schedule a meeting to get to know the facilities, staff, and main dentist before you decide to become a patient. There are many dentists around and it’s up to you to find the one who will deliver premium services for you and your family.