Find a Dentist with these 4 Tips

If you are new to Joliet or Plainfield or just haven’t been to the dentist in a while here are 4 simple tips that will help you find a great dentist.


4. Advanced Education & Technology

How up to date with technology and procedures is the dentist? Dentistry is a rapidly changing field, so much so that many materials and techniques used just 10 years ago are now considered obsolete. Check to see if the dentist has earned any postdoctoral degrees that require hundreds of hours of advanced education. Some of these degrees include Master of the Academy General Dentistry (MAGD) or Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry (FAGD).


3. Before and After Photos.

Does the dentist have any before and after photos either on their website or in the office? Any cosmetic dentist should have some clinical photos that demonstrate dentistry they have personally completed. Don’t be fooled by stock photos on dental websites- make sure it clearly states that the photos are indeed the dentists original work.


2. Ask your friends.

While this is not on the top of our list it certainly is important. The best insight friends will provide will be regarding the overall office atmosphere assessing the dentist’s personality and chair-side manner. The truth is that non-dentists aren’t very good at judging the quality of dental work; it’s sometimes very difficult for dentists to judge the quality of dentistry. Also, when we say ask your friends we also mean your extended group of ‘friends’ through social networks. Facebook and Google are excellent resources where patients post reviews.

1. Call Local Dental Specialists

Call the dental specialists in the area and ask for 3-4 local dentists they would recommend. (Dental specialists include oral surgeons, endodontists, and periodontists.) You may ask, why should you call the specialists? The specialists see patients from many dentists in the area and are good judges of dental work that has been completed. Once you call a handful of specialists compare your notes as to which dentists they recommend, more than likely there will be one or two dentists that all or most of the specialists recommended.


That’s it! Hopefully you found these tips helpful!

Dr. Dan Streitz

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