Looking for a dentist that’s perfect for you? The field of general dentistry offers countless qualified, dependable and trustworthy dentists. You just have to know where to find them! Luckily, for residents in the Queens and metropolitan New York area, you only have to look as far as Park Dental Care in Astoria, where top-notch dentists are available for all of your general dentistry needs. But for the purposes of this article, we are going to provide a few tips for finding a qualified dentist, no matter where you choose to look.
To begin your search for the dentist that’s right for you, it is a great idea to talk to family, friends and co-workers and see who they recommend. These are the people that know you best, so chances are if they feel comfortable with a certain professional, you will too. If you want more certified advice, you can turn to your family doctor or local pharmacist or you can do some research online.
When searching for a dentist, you may come across two different titles: doctor of dental surgery (DDS) and doctor of dental medicine (DDM). Dentists that share either of these titles have both received dependable degrees in the field of general dentistry and can equally fulfill your dental needs. In addition, all qualified dentists should carry a license to practice. Other labels you may come across are related to the type of dental practice a dentist is in, where names such as “cosmetic” and “family dentistry” come into play. Again, either of these labels indicates a practice of general dentistry that sufficiently serves individual and family clients. These practices are typically not geared towards specialized dentistry.
General dentists should be able to provide quality services to keep your teeth and mouth in good condition. Some common services offered in the field of general dentistry include: teeth cleaning and extractions, root canals, dental bridges and dental crowns. They should provide treatment that covers all areas in and surrounding your oral cavity, such as your teeth, gums, and even face and neck if necessary. Prior to receiving treatment, a dentist should provide you with general information about the procedure you will undergo. It is best to talk with your dentist and establish a good relationship with him or her. That way, when you have questions or concerns about a treatment, you will feel comfortable addressing them. Finally, a good dentist should know their boundaries. If a dentist believes that a client needs specialized treatment outside their own capacity, they should be willing to recommend another professional that is able to meet the patient’s needs.
A good dentist should be available when you need them, whether it is an emergency or just a general checkup. Their office should be easily accessible by phone and email, and this information should be easy to find as well. In addition to being reachable, quality dentists should be easy to talk to. You should feel comfortable with calling them at any time of day with questions or concerns (although you should also understand that sometimes you’ll have to wait for them to get back to you because they are busy with other patients).