What You Should Look for When Searching for a Dentist
Choosing a dentist is an important step when it comes to your healthy, beautiful smile. Your dentist will be with you for many years, caring for your teeth and oral health and helping you keep up with oral care. You want a dentist you can trust for the long term who makes you feel confident and comfortable.
Understanding of and awareness of your needs
Look for a dentist who takes the time to really understand your particular case, any issues you might be having, and what your preferences are. A good dentist will want to know if your teeth are sensitive to cold or heat, if you’re experiencing any concerns with your gums or teeth, whether you notice anything happening out of the ordinary, and other details about your teeth and mouth.
Positive patient reviews
What other patients have said about your dentist can give you an excellent insight into their practice and approach. You will find information about scheduling appointments, wait times, the style of office management and friendliness, and other details. This is also a good place to find out how well your dentist is trusted and what their manner is like with patients.
Up to date on the latest in their field
Find out if your dentist is using the latest technology and methods of approach to oral health. There are often new advances coming forth in the field of dentistry, which is ever-evolving as technology moves forward. From advanced methods of oral cancer detection to laser technology, you will want a dentist who is always looking for the very best and latest to give you the highest level of oral health and care.
Friendly, comfortable communication style
Look for a dentist who is easy to talk with and is supportive of your needs. You will want someone who has no problem giving you all the information you ask for, and whose manner sets your mind at ease. You don’t want to feel rushed, pressured, or left unsure of things. Look for someone who wants to get to know you, respects your preferences and decision making, and takes the time to give you personal care and attention.
Be sure your dentist is board certified, meaning they are fully qualified to treat you. A board-certified dentist has the training, skills and experience to give you the highest level of care.
Dr. Tara Hardin is an Accredited Fellow by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, an accreditation granted only to those with superior performance and knowledge in cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Dr. Hardin was named one of the Top 25 Women in Dentistry by Dental Products Report.
Whether it comes to keeping your oral health in perfect condition or helping you face an oral health concern that arises, experience counts. You will want a dentist who has long experience with every condition and procedure. You can ask the dentist about successful approaches used with other patients or resolving complications, or, if you have patient anxiety, how they deal with that concern.
Dr. Hardin is a Las Vegas Institute Fellow, granted only after a minimum of 278 hours of advanced education and experience in aesthetics, physiologic science, and a comprehensive practical examination. These qualifications have been followed by almost two decades of experience and continued education.