Finding a good dentist is vital for your overall wellbeing. But with all the options out there, how do you know which dental office to choose?

While your friends may have some good recommendations, their dentist might not be the best for you. If you’re wondering how to find a good dentist, Anderson dentist’s Dr. Elbrecht and Dr. Jack Summerlin suggest asking these questions!

Consider These 6 Things When Looking for a Good Dentist

Wondering how to find a good dentist in Anderson? Here are 6 questions to help you choose the right one!

  1. Do they take your insurance?

If you are insured, you’ll want to check the website or call the office to see if they accept your insurance. If you don’t have insurance, what kind of payment plans do they offer?

  1. Where is the dental office and what are their hours?

Your time is valuable. And to maintain good oral hygiene, you need to see the dentist every 6 months for exams and cleanings. That’s why you need to find a dentist whose location and business hours are convenient. If having the dentist office close to one location would help you maintain these appointments, then find an office close to that.

  1. Do they offer the dental services you need?

You never know what kind of services you’ll need. So, you want to make sure your dentist can handle them all. Imagine having to go to different dentists for regular cleanings, fillings, and cosmetic dentistry. Skip the headache by finding a dentist that offers diverse dental services.

  1. Are they members of the American Dental Association?

The American Dental Association (ADA) represents dentists who are committed to providing the absolute highest quality of care. Before becoming a member, the dentist has to promise that they will preserve the parents right to be involved, stay up to date with current studies and dental technology, and always be as truthful as possible with each patient.

Although it’s not necessary to go to an ADA member, it does ensure that you’re seeing a dentist you can trust.

  1. How do they handle dental anxiety?

Thanks to comfort dentistry, there is now a way to make visits to the dentist painless. If dental anxiety is something you struggle, what will your new dentist do to combat that? Do they offer nitrous oxide or sedation dentistry?

  1. What if there is an emergency?

Dental emergencies happen. When they do, you want to be sure your dentist can handle them. It’s ideal if your dentist also doubles as an emergency dentist. If anything does happen, they’ll know your background and better be able to provide follow up care.

Not sure if your dental concern is an emergency? Here are 5 signs you should see an emergency dentist!

Take a look around their dental office!

When wondering how to find a good dentist, ask yourself whether they take your insurance; if the office location and hours are convenient for you; if they have all the dental services you may need; whether they treat dental anxiety; and how they handle emergencies.

Once all these questions have been answered, don’t hesitate to go into the office yourself. You’ll get a better feel for the dental team and the environment that way. Don’t be afraid to bring a list of questions!

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