How do you know you’re dealing with a great endodontist? How do you know you’re entrusting your hard-earned dollars with somebody who deserves your hard-earned money? These are the questions you can ask in any kind of specialized service provider from a moving company to hairstylist to a doctor or a lawyer, and yes, to a dentist.
Don’t be shy about asking these questions because whenever you spend your money, you have to make sure that you are getting the best deal possible. You have to be sure that you are truly getting our money’s worth.
Here are five signs of a great dentist:
Great communication skills
Great dentists are great communicators. What this means is that if they see something with your teeth they are able to communicate the situation in such a way that you not only get what’s going on but you also get a clear idea as to what your options are. They always talk about alternatives. They always talk in terms of probabilities.
The more options you have the better. This of course takes great communication skills.
Very reassuring presence
You don’t want to deal with a dentist that scares you. It’s bad enough that Americans associate dentist with very unpleasant experiences like root canals. The same way the Americans often associate lawyers with large settlements and ambulance chasing.
You want somebody that can reassure you. You want somebody that’s straight-talking, very gentle and doesn’t have a “take it or leave it” or “I’m better than you” attitude. You want somebody that’s down to earth and easy to communicate with.
Great track record
Even if a person is a great communicator and seems like he/she has his/her feet planted solidly in the ground, those factors really are worthless if the person doesn’t know what he/she is doing. I hope this is obvious. You need to insist on the great track record. If you’re going to the dentist, make sure that this person actually knows how to fix your teeth and perform root canal surgery properly.
This is not negotiable. This is a minimal threshold requirement. Everything else is extra.
Professional office set up
Even if you’re dealing with the best dentist and this person knows how to communicate and is extremely smooth and is so reassuring that you think he’s Leonardo DiCaprio, this person is still worthless if he is operating from a really bad looking office. The office has to be professional. If you go there, at the very least, it should have professional equipment. It should be clean. It should be well-lit. It should be reassuring.
There are many dentists out there that are just operating from dingy substandard promises. Regardless of the great things they bring to the table, if at the end of the day you feel dirty that person is not the kind of dentist you should be doing business with.
Wide insurance coverage
In the United States, most dental work is covered by dental plans. Make sure that you’re dealing with a dental service provider that accepts the insurance that you have. Make no mistake about it. Professional dental work can cause you thousands of dollars. You don’t want to be out of pocket when you don’t have to. Call ahead of time to make sure that the prospective dentist that you’re thinking of visiting actually accepts the insurance that you have.