September 14, 2016
How do you go about finding the right dentist for you and your loved ones? Dentist in Wilton, Dr. Tom Pastor, suggests some ways to discover the proper fit for a lasting doctor-patient relationship.
Word of Mouth is Powerful
You have neighbors, relatives or coworkers who may recommend a restaurant or auto mechanic. Why not ask where they get their dental care? Many doctors and dentists say that a majority of their patients come from word of mouth referral.
Additionally, you can contact your local college, university or state dental association for the names of accredited dental care providers near your home. Local dental schools offer low-cost dental care to the public, or they can give you a list of their alumnae who practice in the area.
Learn about Professional Associations
The American Dental Association (ADA) website provides names of local and state dental societies and offer a search service for dentists on its website, http://www.mouthhealthy.org. Search by the dental specialty and location (your hometown).
All quality dentists maintain peer accountability in professional societies,study groups and continuing education classes. Look for membership in specialty academies or associations such as the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry or the International Congress of Oral Implantologists as examples.
Do Some Online Research
Don’t forget other online research. Explore consumer ratings services such as Healthgrades to view credentials and to read how actual patients rate their dentists in terms of treatments, customer service, and appointment hours. When individuals take time to review health care providers, it means they have something important–either positive or negative– to say.
In addition, your homework should show what dental treatments the dentist offers. Restorative, preventive and aesthetic treatments are the categories to investigate. Also, if you need a special service, such as orthodontics, dental implants or periodontal therapy, inquire about these. For example, Dr. Pastor at Tyngtown Dental provides state of the art periodontal, or gum disease, therapy. Scaling and root planing, bone grafting to boost jaw size and strength and laser gum contouring are his featured treatments as needed.
Arrange a Tour
Your prospective Wilton dentist should be willing to talk to you about his or her dental services. Call to arrange a tour of the office, and speak to the doctor’s office staff. Look for a patient-centered, welcoming environment, clean, comfortable treatment rooms and openness to answering your questions.
Also, seek out a dentist who is close to your home and has office hours that fit with your busy family and work schedules. What are the emergency care policies? What financing is available? Does your new dentist accept your dental insurance? What about patient specials? For instance, Dr. Pastor offers a $69 new patient special which includes an oral exam, hygienic cleaning and digital X-rays.
Then, you are armed to make a good decision. To decide if Dr. Tom Pastor could be your next dentist, contact Tyngtown Dental to arrange a consultation. Expect good answers to your questions!
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