Every person, regardless of age and other factors, should see a dentist at least once in six months. It goes without saying that selecting the right dental clinic is important. While you can always check on Google to find options near you, it is wise to select a dental clinic that can serve the entire family. Here are some of the aspects you need to check.
Focus on all three areas of dentistry
A good dental clinic is one that offers all three forms of dentistry – preventive, restorative and cosmetic. Preventive dentistry is basically about preventing dental problems, so you have comprehensive oral exams, dental clinics, oral hygiene instructions, and basic pediatric dentistry. Restorative dentistry is more about fixing what’s already wrong, so there is full-mouth construction, crowns, implants, root canal treatments, fillings, gum therapy, dentures and so on. Cosmetic dentistry, on the other hand, is more about improving the appearance of your smile, so things like veneers, bonding, whitening, and Invisalign® come in this category.
Know the dentists
As a new patient, you have every right to ask about the experience, credentials and backgrounds of the dentists and dental surgeons working at the clinic. Find more on their expertise, the number of patients they see in a day, and how accessible are these dentists on a given day. A wise idea is to ask for a general appointment, so that you can ask relevant questions and talk to the dentist in person.
Find more on clinic facilities
Not all clinics have the necessary equipment, facilities and infrastructure to provide all the treatments we just mentioned, so check that in advance. A dental clinic should be comprehensive in terms of services they provide, and it is a good idea to know the procedures that cannot be managed in-house. Note that you may need emergency services, and therefore, ask beforehand if they can handle such cases on request.
Finally, don’t miss the basics
You may want answers to some of these questions –
- How far is the clinic from your home?
- Is the environment of the clinic friendly for the kids?
- How well-behaved are the staff members?
- What are the working hours of the clinic?
- Can you contact dentists beyond these hours?
Select a clinic that’s reliable and has everything that your family may need in terms of dental care. It is also a good idea to ask about the insurances they accept.