With so many dentists to choose from, it may be hard to determine which one is the “right one” for you and your family. At Hamptons Dental, we understand choosing a dentist you can trust is an important decision. As you narrow down your search, we recommend you ask yourself the following four questions.
What Are the Dentist’s Qualifications?
Before committing yourself to a dentist, inquire about the dentist’s training and clinical experience. A qualified dentist will be designated as either a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine).
Ask your potential dentist if they are a part of any dental societies. Some societies require dentists to continue their education to stay up-to-date on the latest dental procedures and technological advances in the field.
What Are My Needs?
Not all dentists offer the same services or treatments. For example, if you wish to get your teeth whitened or straightened, choose a dentist who offers those cosmetic services. If you have gum disease, make sure your dentist offers periodontal treatment. If the dentist does not perform the procedure or treatment you seek, they may refer to you to a specialist.
Do you get anxious or nervous when you visit the dentist? If so, ask your potential dentist if they offer medications or nitrous oxide to relieve dental anxiety. It is also wise to inquire about the practice’s emergency care. Is the dentist available after hours or on weekends?
What is the Dentist’s Patient Satisfaction Rate?
Your dentist should have glowing patient reviews. He or she should be known as the “go-to” dentist in the community. If you have children, you will want a dentist who is known for their caring and friendly approach with kids.
If your needs include cosmetic dentistry procedures, ask to see before-and-after photos of the dentist’s previous patients. This can help you set reasonable expectations for your procedure’s outcome. Don’t be shy about asking to read past patient testimonials. The health and beauty of your smile may depend on it!
What Payment Options Does the Dentist Offer?
The cost of your dental care will ultimately depend on the treatment you need and how much dental work is required. Before choosing a dentist, inquire about the cost and the payment options available. If you have dental insurance, find out how much will be covered by your insurance. At Hamptons Dental, we believe everyone is entitled to a bright, healthy smile. We offer several financing options, including low-interest financing through Care Credit, to help you pay for your dental care.
Contact Hamptons Dental Today
For quality dental care you can trust, schedule an appointment with Dr. Darian Hampton today. He specializes in general, cosmetic and periodontal treatment to help keep your smile radiant. Please call our North Dallas office at (972) 395-9292.