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Choose the Right Garden City Dentist for You

added on: September 7, 2012 | By: Dr. Nancy Tobin

Looking for a dentist in Garden City? Well, put down the phone book. Your search needs to be a bit more in-depth. To find the right dentist for your needs, these days you have to do a little research. Online. Why? Because these days, not all dentists offer the same dentistry.

But before you fire up the computer, ask yourself the following questions:

What kind of dentist do I need?

  • A family dentist that offers comprehensive care in one location?
  • A dentist that focuses on restorative dental care, like filling, bridges, crowns, dentures, etc. for the more mature patient?
  • A dentist that offers more specialized care like cosmetic dentistry? Endodontics? Periodontics? Orthodontics, TMJ treatment, etc?
  • A dentist that complements care with comfort, from sedation to patient amenities?

What do I expect from my dental care?

  • To maintain my oral health?
  • To restore my mouth to health? Do I have broken teeth? Do I want to replace missing teeth?
  • Do enhance the appearance of my smile?
  • To restore more than oral health, but also relieve painful TMJ symptoms or sleep apnea?

What do I want my dental practice of offer?

  • The use of advanced technology?
  • A comprehensive range of treatment available in one location?
  • Convenient hours or location?
  • Dental insurance participation?
  • Financing?

Once you have clearly define your expectations, search online for the dentist who meets your criteria. For example, if you need a general dentist, search: Garden City general dentist. Your search will produce a list of results. Look through the list, find one you like, then do some research on that dentist. (Most dentists have websites and you can also read online patient reviews.)

Dig a little deeper: Does the dentist have specialized training and experience in the area of care you need? Does he or she participate in continuing education? Does the dentist show before and photos of his or her patients? Does the dentist offer any patient testimonials? There’s no better way to get the “feel” for a dentist than to hear what his or her patients have to say.

Finally, call the office and ask specific questions about the dentist and the care offered. If you feel confident and comfortable, schedule a visit. You’ve done your homework and you’re well on your way to getting the care you need and deserve!

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