Dental clinics have proliferated in great numbers. On each street of a large city there is a private or state dentistry, which employs from 1 to 15 doctors. Advertising advertisements: “dentistry without pain”, “new technologies and methods”, “modern equipment”, “a filling for 500 dollars “, “high class specialists” are on the left, right, front and back.
How to choose a really good doctor in this dental mess, who won’t do any harm and, even better, will really help to solve the problem? In addition to quality, every patient wants:
To sit in a clean chair and be assured that all equipment, instruments and protective equipment are either disposable or sterile;
Experience minimal discomfort (let’s not deceive: modern dentistry gives painless treatment, but the sounds of operating equipment, water pouring into the mouth, air directed to the same place, and bitter-sour medicines have not been canceled);
To receive the maximum service in one place, with one or two doctors, in a friendly environment, with care, attention, and understanding;
Not to search for the doctor who quit his job in neighborhood clinics, and to be sure that he will find a worthy substitute in the place where you are used to treatment.
Set your search parameters
Appearance, manner of communication, charisma – the qualities are important, but they can have both good and bad dentist. You need to look for other parameters:
If you know the name of the dentist to whom you want to make an appointment – enter it in full in any search engine, add “reviews” to the query and enjoy reading.
No reviews online, or too few? Don’t despair – there are other ways to “figure out” a good dentist.
Make an appointment for a consultation. Listen to what the doctor says.
Listens carefully, asks leading questions before you start the examination?
Did the doctor take a picture, examine the entire oral cavity, not just the tooth you pointed out?
Did the receptionist insist that you fill out a thorough health questionnaire before your appointment and give the information to the doctor?
The doctor is not in a hurry to start treatment and is not trying to impose additional services on you?
In this case, the first test is passed, and you can proceed to the second one.
The first time is enough to treat one tooth or make a hygienic cleaning. Look at the way the doctor works.
Do you like the way he behaves, are you uncomfortable with his actions?
Did he X-ray you during the treatment of canals and placement of a permanent filling?
Did he give recommendations: written or verbal?
This is very important:
After the appointment, did he advise you to contact him if you have any problems? Is he ready to continue the work if you suddenly turn from a problem-free patient into a problematic one? The possibility of complications is part of medicine, including dentistry. Contrary to popular belief, a missing filling, fever after a tooth extraction, or discomfort after treatment does not indicate poor doctor skills. Willingness to solve the patient’s problems, not just “skim the cream” – that’s the real sign of a responsible doctor and a good clinic.
There are some unconditional signs that, when you see them, you need to turn around and take your teeth away:
No contract for reimbursable medical services has been signed with you, no information about your health (allergies, diabetes, pregnancy, chronic and infectious diseases, cancer) has been collected.
The doctor works without gloves and a mask, a nurse or an assistant are absent from the office.
You start manipulation without prior examination and collection of complaints.
The clinic has no targeted X-rays.
Advertising attacks from the Internet, radio, and television should not confuse you when choosing a dentist and clinic. We wish you to find a place where you can have your teeth treated and prosthetics comfortably, safely and with high quality.
With an acute toothache, you don’t have to choose a dentist. That’s why wise people go to the dentist more than once a year – if only to have time to choose the best one. If your tooth hurts, you’re unlikely to look closely at the clinic – and it’s worth it. But during a planned visit nothing stops you from including observation and analyzing whether the institution and the doctor comply with 10 rules of a good dentist.
Behind a beautiful facade hides shabby furnishings and walls, clearly in need of repair? It is unlikely that the owner of the clinic properly treats its business, staff and customers. Let’s not take chances and look for a more decent institution.
A good dental clinic does not trifle: the preliminary examination of the mouth is usually free of charge.
The temperature in the office should be +21°+24° C. At lower temperatures the photocomposites lose their plasticity and ability to bond fragmentally to the hard dental tissues. At a high temperature, the flowability of the material increases, making it difficult for plastic processing. All of this will result in future cracks in the fillings.
Modern photocomposite materials are very sensitive to light. Pay attention to general office lighting: it should be diffuse, shadowless, and not heating the doctor’s working area.
Do not trust the clinic, where, ostensibly understanding your busyness, you promise not to delay and perform fillings for 15-20 minutes. In reality it takes more time for modern and up-to-date treatment meeting the world standards.
It is desirable that the doctor worked with an assistant who assists in selecting the necessary colors and shades of filling material, conducts polishing, makes sure that liquid is removed from the oral cavity in time. However, the presence of an assistant usually raises the price of the treatment.
Leave right away if you do not trust the doctor and it seems that he may hurt you. First, you should listen to your intuition. Secondly, with this kind of prejudice you may not be satisfied even with a good result – in the end for no reason you will ruin your nerves, and the doctor.
In dentistry, there are almost no absolute indications for anything. Get an individual approach to you. Let the dentist justify why he or she offers this particular treatment option. But also be wary if you hear too many terms, which are not explained, deliberately emphasize the novelty and unusualness of a method.
Pay attention to how and what is used to fill teeth and root canals: the health and longevity of the tooth largely depends on it. The filling should restore the natural anatomy of the tooth as much as possible. The root canal should be filled completely, not one second or two thirds. This is checked radiologically: doctor must show you one or more X-rays taken during treatment, and explain the picture, so you can see for yourself how well the root canal is filled.
It is great if the processing of instruments takes place in front of your eyes – this removes possible questions about sterility.