If you are moving, you may realize it’s time you get a new dentist. Whether you are moving across town and don’t want to make the commute to see your old dentist or you are moving across the country, it’s a good idea to find the best grosse pointe dentist soon after you make the move.
A good dentist is not always easy to find. You may even be in the position right now that you don’t need to move but you simply are looking for a new dentist. Don’t worry, there are simple steps that can be taken in order to find a good dentist that will help you. Make sure you do your homework and follow these steps and you will find yourself enjoying going to the dentist more and have a long-term dentist that you can trust. Keep reading to learn more.
Our first tip is to make a list. This list will include all the dentists in your area. You can also include dentists around your work as you could always see them during your lunch break. Make sure you leave space by their name so you have room to take notes. If you don’t like something about one of them and it’s a deal breaker for you, you can simply put an ex through their name and you know not to look into that dental practice more. If you take notes it will be easier to remember which dentist said what and why you liked them. The last thing you want is to make an appointment with a dental office you thought was offering these services for a specific price and you actually got the dental offices mixed up.
Once you have your list of about 10-15 dental offices you can start doing more research about each. Go online and look at the reviews of each. Check out sites like Facebook, Yelp, Google, and the Better Business Bureau. It’s not the end of the world if one of the sites has a negative review of the company however you don’t want to see consistent bad reviews about the company and for the same reason. If you do see this, it’s a good idea to simply put an ex through their name and continue looking elsewhere. If you see one has exceptional reviews and all for similar reasons, you may want to make a note of this and state the reasons why they were so well liked.
If you are moving and know people in your area, you can ask them who they go to and if they like them. If they have liked seeing that dentist, then you can put a star by their name and make sure to follow up with them. If they can tell you who to stay away from or who they have had a bad experience with, you can make sure not to continue looking into that dental office. Getting recommendations from trusted friends or family members can make the looking process a lot simpler.
The next recommendation we have is to ask your past dentist. If you are happy with your current dentist and moving across town, you can simply ask them if they have any recommendations in the area. Many times, dentists network with others or have had experiences with other dentists and can make a recommendation. If you do like your current dentist, this is an easy way to find someone that works like them.
If you have any specific requests that you need. For example, if you want to be able to see the dentist with your children you want to find a dentist that also is child-friendly. If you have a specific procedure that you need to have done in the next year. Make sure your dentist is equipped to perform this surgery, so you don’t need to look elsewhere again for another dentist. This will make the entire process smoother and easier for you overall. Stay one step ahead of your needs and find a dentist that can help you in other areas that you need.
Our final recommendation is calling around and scheduling an appointment to walk through the dental office. At this time, you will be able to answer any additional questions about your billing, your insurance, or any payment plans that you believe you may need to go on in the future. You shouldn’t bother using a specific dentist if they don’t even take your insurance plan. During this walkthrough, you will be able to get a better sense of the dental office and learn more about the dentist and the staff. Currently, trust your gut and really notice what is going on at the dental office. How do the patients look? How are they talking with others? Noticing these little things will really help. You can also notice if there is a long line and they are running behind. Of course, this always can happen, but you don’t want a practice that is constantly running behind and will make you late for work. There’s no such thing as a stupid question and once you have narrowed down your list, we recommend walking through the dental office in order to make your final decision.
As you can see, there are many ways of finding a great and trustworthy dentist that you will feel comfortable at. It may take a little bit of homework at the beginning but if you do some of these steps you will be much more likely to find a dentist you are happy with for many years.
For more tips on finding a great dentist or if you are new to the area and have any questions for us, contact us today.