You’ve relocated and now you’re faced with finding replacements to care for your health and personal needs. There are many different avenues when searching for a new dentist – ask yourself a few questions to determine the best way to get started.
Are you looking for just yourself or are there other family members to consider? If you are the primary concern, then you will probably want to center your search near your place of employment. However, if there are other people to consider, a dentist closer to home may be a better option.
A general dentist that offers many services without having to refer you for needed dental work may be in your best interest. Investigate whether your dentist offers treatment beyond cleaning and basic work such as decay repair.
Dental crowns, prosthetics like partials and bridges, emergency care, orthodontics, root canal therapy … these are several basic dental treatments that deserve your research. What services are available?
If you have dental insurance, find out if your plan is accepted at offices of interest.
Office cleanliness, ease of getting an appointment, amicable office staff, and a good rapport with the dentist are all important. If the office appears disheveled or the staff is abrupt and non-caring, you probably won’t enjoy going there.
Resources for Finding a Dentist
In a new environment, you will probably rely on co-workers, friends, family, and social media for locating a new dentist.
If your spouse has more time than you, put them to work to do some of the research. It is important to do this sooner than later. You don’t want to experience a dental emergency and have to make a hasty choice on someone you don’t know.
In the meantime, make sure you are doing all you can to care for your teeth and gums … brush and floss daily. And if you find your initial choice is not working out, move on. Your dental health is important to your overall health. You need to find a dentist that you’re comfortable with, and make sure you and all family members are seen regularly to maintain great oral health.
If you are new to the area and looking for a dental provider, we are accepting new patients. Contact our friendly and professional team at Parker-Nickolas-Read Dental today to schedule your visit.