Choosing a New Family Dentist

Whether you’re new to the area or are just looking for a change, finding a new family dentist can be a difficult process.

Fortunately, by keeping a few key factors in mind, you should be able to locate a new dentist that suits your needs. Here are a few things to consider when you’re looking for a new family dentist.

 

Picking Your Family Dentist

Check Your Insurance

One of the main reasons people change dentists is when their dental insurance changes. Having an in-network dentist can mean the difference between paying all or none of the cost of a teeth cleaning.

Asking if a family dentist accepts your insurance is not the same as asking if they are in your network. If a dentist accepts your insurance, this means that they are willing to simply send the bill to your insurance company. If a dentist is in your network, this means that your insurance company has agreed to partially or completely pay for dental services received from that dentist.

 

Location, Location, Location

We recommend choosing a new dentist that’s close to home or work. That way, you won’t have to travel long distances for a dental emergency or in bad weather. It’s much more convenient to have your new family dentist located nearby. You’ll also want to check the office hours to see if they work with your schedule. For example, it’s not uncommon for dental practices to have fewer office hours on Fridays.

 

Experience Matters

How long has the dentist been in practice? If they have recently gotten out of dental school, you may want to keep looking for a dentist with more experience and knowledge of the latest dental technologies.

You’ll also want to ask about what kinds of family dental services they offer and their level of experience with each. For example, if you are looking for a smile makeover dentist, you’ll want to look for someone with experience in professional teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic dentistry services. Make sure any dentist you consider has all the training and clinical experience needed to work on teeth.

 

Ask for Recommendations

If your friends and family live in the same area as you, you may want to ask them who they trust to be their dentists. While you can always check online reviews, family members tend to be more trustworthy than strangers on the internet.

From personal recommendations, you’ll be able to get more information than if you just looked on the dentist’s website. For example, a family member may be able to tell you if the dentist is professional or rude. If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist, they may also be able to tell you about the quality of the dental restoration and the level of care they received.

At Livonia Family Smiles, our team of Livonia MI family dentists prides itself on delivering quality service to you and your family. To set up an appointment or to ask a question, give our office a call at (734) 525-6100.

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