Choosing a good dentist that you can form a relationship with and use for many years to come is something we all want, a bit like a dentist or a teacher, you need to find someone you can trust and rely upon. With thousands of dentists across the UK, finding one that will be able to accommodate you and take care of your every need does take a little bit of research.
Every one of us has different needs when it comes to the dentist we want to use. Some just need a yearly check up and someone to go to in case of an emergency, where as others will need major dentistry work that will take many months and appointments to get just right. Often, we do not know that this work will be needed until the time comes when we are told, but having a dentist that you can rely on is something that we all need.
Below, we take a look at our most important things to consider when choosing a dentist for you and your family.
Location – Where your potential dentist will be based is a massive consideration for most people, arguably one of the most important things when it comes to picking the right dentist. You need to choose a dentist that you can get too easily if you need them and at the same time be within either driving distance or public transport should you rely on it.
Treatments – Not all dentists offer the same selection of treatments, with some specialising in areas that others do not really provide. It is important to make sure that when choosing a dentist for “routine” appointments that they will be able to accommodate you, but to also think ahead and try to choose a dentist that offers a wide range of treatments should you ever need them in the future.
Waiting List – If you need to see a dentist quickly and they have a massive waiting list or you are waiting a long time for an appointment then they are probably not going to be the dentist for you. Although a waiting list can be a sign of a good dentist, it doesn’t help you if you need to see someone straight away, so make sure you always ask before you sign up with a dentist about the average wait time to see someone.
Recommendations – Like most professions and trades, you will know a wide range of people that have used the various dentists in your area before, so you can have a chat with your family, friends and colleagues and find out who they would recommend. You can also surf the Internet to find reviews and customer comments to make sure that you are going to choose a dentist that is suitable for you.
Price Structure – Although everyone wants the best dentist in the world, it is vital that you choose one that you can afford. Some dentists are only private and some are a mixture of NHS and private, so you need to make sure that the dentist you choose is going to be able to offer you the financial side of things in terms of how you will be paying.
Reputation / Experience – A good dentist does not necessarily have to be massively established, but you should ask about their background and do a little bit of research to make sure that they will be right for you and your family. It is always better to ask the question rather than think it is a stupid question because your peace of mind is the most important thing.