ANSWER: By BEST I assume you mean a dentist who is
dedicated to providing the best care possible, the most effective preventive
care, a dentist who will help you to
stay healthy and improves or maintains your smile , and the dentist that in the
long run which will actually cost you less because the care he provides lasts
indefinitely and prevents new problems.
HERE ARE 8 THINGS YOU CAN NOTICE BY YOUR FIRST ON SECOND APPOINTMENT
THAT TEND TO INDICATE A GOOD DENTIST: 1. Your initial appointment is for about an
hour to an hour and a half and does NOT include a “cleaning”.
2. The reception area is comfortable and
attractive and does not have room for a lot of patients.
3. The history and
examination are in depth and very thorough and include at a minimum : a. Your past medical and dental history and
overall experience., b. a clinical examination that includes your teeth, your
bite, your gums, all your soft tissues including your tongue, tonsillar area
and throat, your neck including the
thyroid and lymph glands, the TMJ/
temperomandibular joint, and the muscles
and ligaments involved in chewing., c. a cosmetic evaluation, d. a
periodontal charting of the crevice depths around your teeth., e. a oral cancer
screening., f. a complete set of x-rays (normally 16 to 18)., g. photos of your
mouth and teeth., and h. models of your teeth if your are missing any teeth or if
there are bite or TMJ issues.
is a separate consultation appointment which should be at least 30
minutes and this may be coupled with your first oral hygiene visit/ cleaning.
At the consultation the dentist explains what he has found and emphasizes what
can be done to prevent future dental
disease and problems as well as what can be done (with alternatives)to correct
any problem or concern you have.
treatment recommendations are explained in detail and this along with fees are
put in writing and given to you.
On your first oral hygiene/ cleaning visit the dental hygienist spends over an
hour with you (normally one hour and 20 minutes on average).
8. Nothing the dentist does or the hygienist
does is painful