When you want to find a dentist, his or her basic and additional qualifications should be found out and verified. The dentist must be licensed to practice, and hold either a doctor of dental surgery (D.D.S.) degree or the equivalent doctor of dental medicine (D.M.D.) degree. A dentist can also undergo specialized training in any the following recognized specialties: dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, tooth extractions, surgical treatment of diseases, injuries, and defects of the mouth, jaw, and face, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics. Depending on your needs, you can search for a specific local dentist who will be able to meet your requirements. You can verify a dentist’s credential via the official website of the American Dental Association.
There are several desirable and objectionable attributes and practices to watch out for in your quest to find a dentist. An excellent local dentist is one that advocates prevention as enthusiastically as treatment. They do thorough dental examinations, are able to detect problems early, and record their findings on their chart accurately for future reference. The ideal dentist should patiently explain their findings and describe several options of treatment to choose from in a detailed manner and follow up patients post-treatment when necessary. Lastly, the high quality of their dental work can be attested to by how long it lasts. On the other hand, be wary and be extra careful when considering any dentist who has expensive and ostentatious advertising, who advocates multiple treatments in one visit presumably to address all your needs at once, or those who espouse alternative diagnostic and therapeutic measures that are not evidence-based. Examples of the latter include diagnosing and treating beyond their scope of practice, selling supplements or purported cure-alls, and the like.
A dentist and staff members need to display a caring personality; one that causes people to feel welcomed and comfortable the minute they enter the office. Look for a dentist who is not only patient but one who respects your time, so scheduled appointments are dealt with professionally. Many persons especially children are usually uneasy about a visit to the office of their local dentist. Therefore, if you are a parent, you will want to find a local dentist who will be patient with your children. Children and even adults find the tools and equipment strange and this can add to their fears. How comfortable are you with your dentist? Do you feel you can talk freely about your concerns? Can you ask questions about the procedures you are uncertain about? It is extremely important then that the dentist will try to talk to you or your child to help to ease your mind. You may want to find a dentist who offers earplugs to help you cope with the noise from equipment such as the drill.