Your body and health are your most important assets when it comes to living a long and fulfilling life. For this reason, it’s important to find the best medical professionals possible to maintain them. While often overlooked, the health of your mouth is a key component in keeping the rest of your body healthy, which is why it’s critical to find the best dentist for you, especially for more involved procedures like dental implants or hybrid dentures. The right dentist can help you achieve and maintain your smile and oral health so they last a lifetime. They are not only highly skilled in their trade, but they also place a high priority on putting patients before profits and making sure their in-office experience leaves nothing to be desired. Below are a few things to look for or avoid when choosing the dentist that’s right for you.

What to look for:

  • Experience: Find a dental professional who’s had plenty of time to hone their craft and learn the ins and outs of providing stellar, individualized treatment. When someone operates a long-running practice, it indicates that they are not only good at what they do, but also capable of achieving the desired results for patients. When doing your research, look for slogans or taglines that mention how long they’ve been around – the longer the better!
  • Expertise: All dentists go to medical school, but the best ones pursue additional training and coursework to ensure they can provide the best treatments possible. If you’re looking for implant work, try and find someone who has specifically received implant surgery training. This can usually be found on the “About the Doctor” or “Meet Our Team” sections of a dental website.
  • Individualized approach: Look for a dentist who takes pride in their work and treats every patient case like their most important. Look for language about customized or individualized care, and pay close attention when you go in for a consultation. If things feel rushed or it doesn’t seem like each and every one of your goals or concerns are being addressed, it may be in your best interest to look elsewhere.

What to avoid:

  • A paint-by-numbers approach: This harkens back to the previous section; if you find a dentist that seems to prioritize efficiency over quality, or pitches you a treatment plan without getting to know you and what you’d like out of your dental treatment, you may run the risk of receiving subpar care. A prime example pertains to implant dentistry or hybrid dentures. If someone suggests right off the bat that you remove all of your teeth in order to install a uniform implant system it can be a big red flag. This is not to say that complete tooth removal isn’t sometimes the right option, but if it is the first recommendation, it can be cause for concern. Not only is this more painful for you, the patient, it can be more costly than what you may truly need.

If you’d like to learn more about dentistry that focuses on the best results for the individual in each and every case, call Great Boca Smiles today at (561) 221-2045.