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How To Choose A New Dentist

November 9, 2015

Filed under: Uncategorized — nawrockidmdteam @ 7:19 pm

We are here this week to teach you how to find the perfect dentist. Many people do not know what to look for when searching for a new dentist and are unsure of the expectations that they should have. We are here to tell you that you do not have to settle for a less than outstanding dentist. If you are unhappy with your current dentist, you should make it a priority to find a dentist who meets all of your needs. If you do not currently have a dentist, we have created this article to let you know what specific questions you should have for your future dentist and how to find the answers to those questions. You may have to search around extensively before finding the right dentist for you and your family! It is important to have a dentist and dental team who make you feel welcome and whom you are comfortable with. It is also extremely important to have a dentist that you trust to make the right treatment decisions for you and with you. You can search for an American Dental Association accredited dentist easily using this “Find an ADA Member Dentist” tool. Here at Matthew Nawrocki General and Cosmetic Dentistry, we are devoted to education for our patients. One of the ways that we teach our patients about all things dentistry is with our blog. Please feel free to read our past blog entries to learn more about various dental topics. If you live in or around the Orange Park area and are looking for a new dentist, look no further than Matthew Nawrocki General and Cosmetic Dentistry. To schedule a consultation, please contact us at any time electronically or call (904)602-8396. Use the following guide to ensure that you find an excellent dentist for you and your family!

How Can I Find A New Dental Office?

There are many ways that you can find your new dental office. It is very common for people to take recommendations from friends or family members. Ask your friends if they have a dentist who they particularly like. You can also ask your family doctor or your pharmacist if they have a dentist that they recommend. You can also perform a quick web search for dentists in your area. It is important to choose a dentist whose office is located relatively close to your home, work, or children’s school so that it will be easy for you to keep your appointments. It is generally recommended that you call or visit more than one dentist before making the decision about who your regular dentist will be. Your needs and wants may be different than your friends and family members and it is sometimes difficult to know exactly what a dentist will be like just from looking at their website.


What Can I Ask About Before Visiting The Dentist?

Before visiting your new dentist for the first time, you should call their office and ask some basic questions about the services that they provide. If you or your family members have any special needs, including dental anxiety, it is important to ask the dental office if they are adequately trained to accommodate your needs. Dental sedation is a common request and different offices provide different types of sedation. You should also make sure that you ask some basic financial questions. If you have dental insurance, you should make sure that this dental office accepts your form of insurance. You should also ask about payment plans if you are uncomfortable with large payments at one time. Finally, you should ask about the hours of operation of the dental office and make sure that you will be able to make appointments for you and your family during those hours. You should also find out if your dentist accepts patient emergencies or sees any patients after hours. This is important just in case you have something that comes up and need to be seen in a timely manner.


What Should My Expectations Be For My First Appointment?

At your first dental appointment, get to know the staff and make yourself comfortable in the office. You should not have to wait very long before you are taken back to the examination room. If you do not have current X-rays, these should be taken at your first visit. Once you enter the examination room, you should notice how thorough the examination is. It is important to have a thorough examination completed to ensure that nothing is overlooked. All of your teeth should be checked for decay and the integrity of all of your existing dental work should also be examined. The assistant or hygienist will also check the health of your gums with a tiny gingival instrument. Finally, the dentist should thoroughly examine your head, neck, and mouth, including your lips, tongue, and throat, to check for any signs of oral cancer. After the exam, someone should review the treatment that you need to have completed with you. They should also review financial information at this time and answer any questions that you have about the treatment. If you feel that the examination was not thorough or if you are uncomfortable with your treatment plan or the dental office, you should consider making an appointment with a different dentist. Please watch the following video from the American Dental Association about the importance of regular dental visits.


If you are unhappy with your current dentist or if you have never visited the dentist before, please use this guide to help in your decision. Health care providers, including dentists, are an important part of your life and you should not settle for receiving treatment from a dentist that you are not comfortable with. If you live in or around the Orange Park area, we think that Matthew Nawrocki General and Cosmetic Dentistry will be a good fit for you and your family. Please contact us at any time electronically or call (904)602-8396 to ask any questions and to schedule your first appointment.

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