Six Questions to Help You Choose a Dentist
Dentists are important to every person’s wellness. Choosing a good Grand Rapids dentist is important. These practitioners prevent, diagnose and treat the inside of a patient’s mouth, including teeth and gums, but that is not all. How should one select the best one for them? Here are six things to consider when choosing your Grand Rapids dentist.
1. How quickly will the dental office get you in when you need to be seen?
2. Will the dentist listen to me and answer my questions?
Rather than just telling you what to do, your dentist should explain the results of the exam and work with you to develop a total treatment plan based on the big picture of your oral health and wellness. The dentist should make recommendations based on your needs not just on insurance availability. Remember, you want a dentist who can offer enough information in language you can understand so you can help to make an informed decision.
3. Does the dentist keep up with the latest techniques in dentistry?
Dentists that are dedicated keep up with the latest developments in their field. They will likely appreciate the opportunity to tell you about the courses or conferences they have attended.
4. Do you know your dental health benefits?
Your choice of dentist could be determined by your dental health plan. Dental HMOs, for example, limit your choice of dentist to a member of the HMO network. If you have a PPO plan, visiting a network dentist can make a difference in your copayment levels.
5. Does the dentist have a convenient location and hours?
No matter how great the dentist and staff is at the office you have chosen, if you can never get there, it’s just not going to work. Be sure to check out the office location, hours of operation and figure out how easy it will be for you to make your appointment.
6. Have you been treated with respect and concern?
You’re not a tooth with a problem; you’re a person with teeth. A good dentist will ask you questions about your needs and ask if you have any special fears or concerns.
Part of a dentist’s job is to educate and inform patients. Most importantly, a good dentist will explain problems and options in a way that you understand so you can take part in making decisions about your care.
To learn more about Grand Rapids dentist Dr. Kent Wildern and the services we offer, please contact us here or call us at 616.364.8716. Kent Wildern DDS and his dental team strives to be the very best at providing our patients with optimal care while making them feel right at home.