When you move to a new area, or even if you have recently lost your old dentist, you wonder where you can find a dental office. Granted, you could search for dental offices in your area and pick a random dental practice, but that is no guarantee you will be getting a dentist that fits your needs. There are some things you should question as you go about your search. First, make sure you know your needs and what kind of atmosphere you are looking for. Next, try to find out answers to the following questions.
Do They Accept My Insurance?
You don’t want to get to an appointment, especially if you are in pain, and find out that the dental practice doesn’t accept your insurance. Make sure you know this before you make your first appointment, so you aren’t disappointed or stuck with paying the entire bill on your own.
How Long Do I Need to Wait For an Appointment?
A long wait time for an appointment doesn’t necessarily mean the dental practice is a popular one. It may be that it is the least expensive or that it is open only for limited hours. Many times you need a dental appointment quickly. You want to look for a dentist who can fit you in during an emergency or cares enough to see you as quickly as possible.
What Services Are Offered?
Many people assume that any dental practice will do all dental work. This isn’t the case. Some will do cleanings and fillings but may not have anyone qualified to do extractions or other dental surgeries. Ask about what services the dental practice offers and decide if what is offered meets your needs. Consider what you may need in the next few years to determine whether this will be a long-term relationship that you can count on.
Are There Age Limits?
Does dental practice see only children or adults? What are their policies about handling geriatric patients? You know what you need by who is in your individual family. It is better to have one dental practice that can meet all family members’ needs than to go to different offices for different family members. Children and the elderly often have different needs, and it is important that they feel comfortable with a particular dentist.
Look at Credentials
Where did the dentist and other staff members get their schooling? Most dental practices have their licenses hanging in a prominent spot so you can see them. If you don’t see this, ask and check for reactions. If you need specialized dental services, make sure the practice has qualified staff.
The best indicator of the quality of the dental practice is a review by past clients. Go to Yelp and other review sites and read as many of the reviews as you can. Know that any dental practice is going to have both good and bad reviews. Check out what the bad reviews are and see if there is a pattern. On the other hand, be suspicious if there are no bad reviews as this could indicate someone is fixing the reviews somehow. Also, note whether the practice comments on reviews and how they handle issues.
Reach Out to Lovett Dental Beaumont Today
If you are looking for a dental practice, contact Lovett Dental Beaumont at 409-924-8100. You can set up an appointment for an initial visit to meet the staff and have your questions answered, or you can ask over the phone. We are always happy to serve new clients, and we strive to help you meet all your wishes in an ideal dental practice. Reach out and call us today to end your search.