Choosing a new dentist can feel daunting. There are so many out there, and if you don’t know what to look for, they can all look the same. But, the truth is that they will vary in personality, philosophy, and have preferred ways of doing things.
So, how do you find the new dentist that is perfect for you?
Look for Experience – Dentists receive great educations, but there is a lot to be said for the dentist who has established success and refined his skills over a number of years. They develop an instinct for knowing which dental treatment will be best in a variety of situations and usually have a well established network of resources and specialists they can trust.
Look for Friendliness, Caring, and Compassion – Choose an office that treats you well on the phone and makes you feel welcome. If you are embarrassed about the condition of your teeth, make sure you don’t feel judged. One way to get a feel for how offices treat their patients is to go and sit in their reception room. How does it feel? How are they with the patients they are talking to? Are they friendly with each other? And, give them extra points if they greet you warmly and offer to help you learn more about their office.
Look for Areas of Special Interest or Training – For example, while we provide all types of general dental care and are considered a family dental office, Dr. Smith has years of advanced training and certifications in services like implants, cosmetic dentistry and oral sedation.
Our office is also known for welcoming patients with a lot of needs without judgement and helping them get the healthy, happy smiles they deserve.
Look for a Modern, Clean Office – You should feel good in the environment of your new dental home and a well-cared for office is often an outer expression of how they approach other things.
Look for a Commitment to Continuing Education and Current Technologies – Dentists that embrace learning and new things will have up to date resources for your needs. An example in our office is our work with dental implants and implant supported dentures. These newer technologies are allowing us to provide ideal outcomes and improve people’s lives.
We do want to say though, having the latest fancy equipment does not always mean better care. Sometimes new technologies are not yet proven or still being refined.
An experienced dentist committed to excellence will be open and embrace new things when they feel sure the technology is best for their patients. They understand how to balance new opportunities and the level of expert care they already provide.
If you are looking for a new dental home in the Knoxville area, we would love to talk with you. Our goal is to provide optimal dental services in a caring environment for you and your family.
Give us a call at (865) 922-1613.
We promise to take great care of you.