Price shopping and finding a dentist you think will save you money may cost you more money, time, and headaches. Here’s why…
Many dentists in chain dental offices are newly out of dental school or post graduate residencies and have limited experience. They may or may not have had the opportunity yet to develop the necessary skill and judgment to treatment plans and treat complex or serious oral health issues. In some cases, they are expected by their corporations to examine and treat patients quickly.
As in most things in life, you get what you pay for. Rather than having to have treatment over and over, or to be disappointed in the results of your dentistry, wouldn’t you rather slow down and analyze all the aspects of the choice you are making when finding a dentist?
I don’t say this to drive as many patients as possible to my own practice. I say this because I have examined the dentistry done in patients’ mouths before they come to me. Plenty of it would have held up better and been more comfortable for the patient if it had been done by an experienced dentist. I have also heard many patients complain about how they have been treated in the past.
Dentistry that is done thoughtfully, according to a comprehensive plan for your mouth, does not necessarily cost more in the end. It can save you time and money over the years. It will transform your quality of life, and in many cases, the longevity of your life.
If you are finding a dentist, be sure the clinician’s you choose have years of experience or are mentored closely by a collaborating senior partner in the location you are visiting. Be sure other patients have already reviewed the practice highly for kindness, service, taking the time to care about patients personally, and happiness with treatment. Look for reviews that indicate the dentist you will see has solved difficult dental problems to the delight of patients.