Sometimes it is hard to find the right dentist but here are some things to look for when you are choosing a dentist, whether you are picking one for the first time or whether you are looking for a new one.Feel free to find more information at Michael Nugent DDS, Pasadena.
Ask your friends and family members about who they use and why they like them. Many times we can find a great provider just by talking to our family and friends. For example one might like their dentist but is unhappy because they do not offer emergency care.
The location of the dentist office. How far are you going to have to drive to reach their office? People are more likely to go to the dentist if it is easy to get too. Whether you are going during the work day or plan to take the day off from work would depend if you want a dentist by your work or closer to your home.
After hours emergency care. Not all dentists offer this type of care. It is a good thing to have in case of a dental emergency. Most people feel more comfortable going to their dentist rather than having to go to a stranger. If you think any port will do in a storm you might not be concerned about this feature.
Availability of appointment times and office hours. Some dentists offer evening and Saturday appointments, at no extra charge, which works great for working people. If you are concerned about having to take time off of work for appointments this can work out to your advantage. Also if it takes you a long time to get in to see your dentist you will be less likely to make an appointment if you are having problems.
Are they a member of a state or national dental society? By belonging to certain groups dentists are required to meet higher standards which can lead to an improvement in the care that they provide because they are constantly learning new techniques to help you take care of your teeth.
What is the youngest age they take? Not all dentists will accept children of any age. Find out what age the dentist takes and go from there. Keep in mind there are pediatric dentists, and family dentists. Most of these will take children of all ages and are better equipped to perform dental work on children.
By having a regular dentist you will know who to call when you have a dental emergency, such as an accident that knocks out a few teeth, you can call them if you have a toothache or any other concerns about your mouth. When you visit the dentist once a year they will do a complete exam of your mouth, this helps to spot potential problems early enough to hopefully cure them. But the exam and cleaning will help to prevent gum disease, tooth decay and other dental problems.
Also having a dentist that you trust is important because your care is in their hands. Just like with a doctor you want to find a dentist that does great work, projects confidence and most of all somebody you feel you can trust and are comfortable with. A dentist is very similar to a doctor except that your dentist concentrates solely on your mouth, rather than on your entire body. By having a regular dentist you are more likely to go in for yearly check ups, which can help spot problems early.
Michael Nugent DDS
3421 Burke Rd # A, Pasadena, TX 77504