With so many dentists to choose from, how do you know if yours is really excellent or not? For starters, the best dentists are at the end of the day, healers. Their job is to take you out of pain, make your smile more attractive and prevent future problems. If your dentist isn’t doing any of the above, stop now and change dentists. But if you really don’t know what to think of your dentist, consider what makes the best of the best the best.

  • They’re skilled surgeons. People don’t stop to think that dentists are mouth surgeons. And the busy ones perform twenty or more surgeries a day. The best dentists are always learning new techniques, they’re always striving to lessen pain and promote faster healing.  Also, the best surgeons know when surgery is not needed.
  • They have the newest technology. You would be stunned to learn just how old the equipment of some dentists are. Like, really old…  You can’t correct a cavity if you can’t see it. And a lot of older x-ray machines can’t. Digital x-ray machines are expensive. New technology is always hard to learn. But the best dentists continually invest time and money in new technology, because they want to give their patients the best treatment possible.
  • They use the finest materials. There’s a huge difference in the quality of dental materials. Take crowns for example. Some dentists use the cheapest material, so in a few years your crown will need replacing. Other dentists will not settle for anything less than the best materials. And the truly elite dentists won’t pass on the extra costs.
  • They have a crackerjack staff. Most people are able to tell the kind of dentist they’re about to meet just by checking in at the front desk. If the staff is sullen, dismissive, seemingly angry, you have the right to wonder how is the dentist letting this happen. Great dentists inspire people to be the best. And they focus especially on the little things
  • They battle the insurance companies for you. PPO dental insurance is a terrific way to afford expensive dental procedures. Some dentists have their front desk just throw the insurance forms toward you after you pay full price and they wish you good luck collecting. The really good dentists file your claims for you, the best ones can tell you when you walk in the door how much money remains in your insurance account.
  • They respect your time.  Good dentists run on time, but the best dentists make sure that even if you only have a five-minute wait, you can be entertained, get work done or just make to feel very welcome. But still, barring emergencies, they’ll work hard to get you seated in the dental chair within in ten minutes of your appointment.
  • They stay within your budget. You may need five fillings, a root canal and a new crown, but the best dentists will make sure you understand the costs involved, work hard to hold your costs down and will design a treatment plan that make take three years to finish because they care about your pocketbook as much as they do your teeth.
  • They’re hyper vigilant about your pain. Even the most necessary dental procedures can be painful without the proper anesthesia and pain controlling methods.  Great dentists take your pain seriously and will offer you a variety of ways to control your pain, during and after the surgery. The absolute best dentists will always be monitoring your pain levels by asking you if you’re ok, if you’re in pain. Then they’ll make sure you have the proper pain medication to take home.
  • They’re always going to school. Dentistry is literally changing everyday, with new techniques, new equipment, new ways of healing. This doesn’t come to dentists by osmosis, but by continually taking advanced CE classes like those offered by the International Academy of Elite Cosmetic Dentistry. Bottom line, the best dentists know they never know enough. That’s why they’re always looking to improve
  • Your time is theirs.  Some patients arrive at 4.30 needing three hours of work. Many dentists will look at the clock and kindly say so much work is required that they’ll see the patient first thing the next day. The very best dentists will call their wives, tell them they won’t be home for dinner, convince their assistant to stay and do all the dental work the patient needs.