Choosing a family dentist will likely get down to personal preferences. For some, communicating on a personal level with the dentist is important, while for others a professional relationship is all that’s required. The important thing is not to wait for symptoms to emerge and then react with some alarm. Oral care should be as essential as general health care, and securing a good general dentist should be as essential as having a good family doctor.
Today, even with Google, personal recommendations seem to be one of the most reliable ways to find a new dentist or even change dentists. And like any health practitioner, it’s all about having a good relationship – one that encompasses both the dentist and the dental team. The problem, of course, is making that final decision. After all, it’s not possible to “test drive” a new dentist. So it means doing some homework and asking some pertinent questions.
The truth is, there is no foolproof method for finding a good general dentist, and in the end, it has much to do with personal chemistry. At the same time, there are various things to look for, with a few common denominators for everyone. Yes, this is a relationship, and one that might last a lifetime – but oral health care is the prerequisite. And that means finding a dentist who is skilled, professional, and with a so-called “bedside manner” that satisfies.
Because of the type of work involved, a good dentist will be a good listener. Every patient has personal concerns, and every patient has some anxiety associated with the dental office. A good dentist will address everything and will collaborate with patients regarding treatments.
Good dentists manage and maintain good clinics. From office staff, to support staff, appointment schedules are tight, without long delays between patients. Also important is to address a patient’s financial situation, particularly when there is no insurance coverage for costly procedures.
Every patient wants the best professional advice and genuine treatment recommendations. The last thing a patient wants is to be “sold” on anything. A good dentist will not recommend anything other than what’s necessary (this includes treatments, procedures, and oral health devices).
While clinic time is valuable, and everyone wants personal attention, good dentists still take the time to educate patients. This may include general oral health care, or something more specific, like a discussion of a particular treatment, along with the pros and cons of that treatment.
Behind every good dentist is usually a good team. Clearly, the professional staff provides the skill and proficiency within the clinic. But there’s more: like reminding patients of follow-ups; making arrangements with outside specialists; even handling those sensitive billing issues.
In the Woodbridge area, Dr. Lloyd Pedvis provides a comprehensive approach to dentistry - from routine examinations to cosmetic treatments, to more involved dental procedures. For more information, or to book an appointment with a dentist in Vaughan, contact us online or call the office directly at 905-417-8700.