Are you searching for a new dentist in the Markham area? Finding the right dentist for your preferences and smile can be a tricky task. So, here, our dentists offer some advice about how to make the choice that is right for you.
It's usually pretty desirable that a dentist has a good reputation in the community. Ask your family, your friends or your coworkers about the dentists that they see and look into their suggestions yourself. Online reviews can be hlpful on this front.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, so one of the most critical things to consider about a prospective dentist is how comfortable you will feel about this person. During your initial appointment with a new dentist, ask yourself the following:
Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Advances in the practice of dentistry and its associated technologies have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. Does the dentist you are considering have comprehensive services like cosmetic, restorative and preventive treatments? Do they offer ugren or emergency services?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?
For patients who have special needs, it's important that you ensure that your dentist's office is able to accommodate those needs. From dental sedation services to physical accessibility tools, this is a critical aspect of any comprehensive care plan.
Costs & Money Matters
Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically.
Are there multiple options available for payment such as personal checks, credit cards direct insurance billing or payment plans?
While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Is the office of the prospective dentist clean and organized? Is the administrative team welcoming to you?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Hunter Dental at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Welcoming new patients in Markham
Our dentists look forward to welcoming new patients to our clinic. if you are on the hunt for a new dentist in the Markham area, we hope you will consider us!