Whether you’ve just moved to a new city or your old dentist has retired, finding a new dentist can be a little difficult. If you were with your previous dentist for quite a while, then you’ve probably developed a friendship with them that’s hard to replace. Many dentists have a “chairside” manner, that keeps their clients occupied while they’re having work done on their teeth. It will be hard to replace a good talking dentist, but they are out there, and they do have room for extra clients, but you have to do some research to find them. And, finding an affordable dentist, one that does top quality work, plus has a great personality will be the most difficult.
Start By Doing A Search Of Your Surrounding Area
Depending on where you live, near a big city or in the suburbs, you’ll want to most likely rule out driving into a downtown area to get dental work done. There are several reasons why, but the most important is going to be the cost. Downtown locations rent for extremely high prices and all of those costs have to be passed on to the customers, one way or another. A dentist that has an office in a highrise building in the downtown core may be paying a surprisingly high rent, into many thousands per month. One in a small plaza in the suburbs may only be paying about 20% as much.
The other huge problem with downtown locations if the lack of affordable parking. If you have to pay for a spot in a lot, that could cost $10 or more dollars per hour and parking meters have firm time limits that if exceeded could cost you an expensive fine or maybe even a tow charge. On the other hand, nearly all dentists in the outlying areas will have free parking in their own lot and almost right next to their office. So, in that case, cheaper, more convenient and possibly safer for your car and yourself.
So, once you’ve done a search for an affordable dentist in Jacksonville FL, rule out the downtown dentists and look on the map for the locations out of the core area where you’ll find what you need. Make a list of those closest to your home and then start reading their reviews online to see if you can eliminate some of them. Look for ecstatic reviews from customers that really love their dentist. If they tell you he’s funny, witty, tells good jokes, and does great work, that’s what you’re looking for.
On the other hand, avoid any that don’t communicate well, have irritable office staff, and of course, if they do bad work. Also, some dentists are really attentive to pain and they go to extra lengths to make sure their patients are pain-free. They don’t rush into the procedure before the medication has kicked in and they are experts at giving the pain shots. Others are horrible, and you’ll find out by reading the reviews.
Make Sure They Have The Latest Technology and Training
Dentistry has been improved in quite a number of ways that have helped to make it less painful, longer lasting, better looking, and less dangerous. Some of the older fillings used dangerous metals in their formulations, avoid getting any of those if you can. There are new techniques that drill faster, safer X-ray machines, better fillings, and more advances than you can name. Just the change to digital X-rays reduces exposure to radiation by up to 90% and that’s a huge difference.
When you look at their websites, take note of whether they talk about ongoing training in the latest advances. This is important since, just in the past 10 years, there have been lots of advances in technology that make many procedures of the past obsolete. Insist on the latest and most innovative scientific advances and people with the proper training.
Now That You Know How To Weed Out The Poor Quality
So, you know what you’re looking for in a great dentist in your city, all you have to do is check their prices to see if they are what you can afford. Luckily, the newest dental technology and procedures are usually less expensive, faster to apply, and last longer than ever before. So if you’ve already found the latest technology and training in a lower rent office location with great parking near your home, you’re almost there. Then, when you find the dentist that has the right personality, latch onto them and never let go.
Once you’re happy with the dentist you’ve chosen, take the time to leave a very detailed review of the lengths you went to in order to find them and how happy you are with their work. This helps other people find your great dentist and it’s a win-win situation for all.