What to Consider When Choosing a Dentist

Choosing a Dentist

Choosing the right dentist for yourself or your family is just as important as choosing your doctor. There are certain credentials that qualified and experienced dentists must hold. To help you with your decision-making process, Dr. Robert Milner offers a few guidelines to keep in mind.

Training and Specialty

Not all dentists are created equal, but a qualified dentist should be designated as either a DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine). Before making a final decision, make sure your dentist specializes in the type of dentistry you seek. For example, a general dentist is able to diagnose dental issues and provide regular dental exams and cleanings. A cosmetic dentist performs procedures that improve the appearance of the teeth and gums. An implant dentist performs treatments that replace missing teeth. Not all general dentists perform cosmetic or implant dentistry.

Services Offered

Again, not all dentists are the same and not all of them offer the same services. If you wish to lighten your teeth, choose a cosmetic dentist who offers teeth whitening. If you are bothered by crooked or misaligned teeth, make sure your dentist offers orthodontic services. If wish to restore your oral health, make sure to choose a dentist that performs restorative treatments (i.e., root canals, dental crowns or fillings).

Additionally, it is important to find a dentist that offers emergency care. Oral trauma and accidents can happen at any time. Some practices offer flexible afterhours and weekend appointments, while other dentists may have limited flexibility.

Patient Satisfaction

A dentist’s qualifications are obviously important, but just as important is the dentist’s reputation. Your dentist should be known as the “go-to” dentist in your community. Be sure to read patient testimonials, and if you are seeking cosmetic dental treatment, look at before and after photos of the dentist’s past work. It is important to choose a dentist you feel comfortable with. Are you able to freely communicate your dental concerns and goals to your dentist? Do you feel like the dentist hears and understands these concerns? If the answer is no, it’s best to find another dentist — one with whom you feel comfortable discussing all of your dental concerns and goals.

Schedule an Appointment with Dr. Milner

For quality dental care in Mission Viejo, contact the dental practice of Dr. Milner. He offers a range of comprehensive dental services, including cosmetic treatments like smile makeover and teeth whitening, and restorative treatments such as full mouth reconstruction and implants. Schedule your appointment by calling (949) 859-8899 today.