As the 2 Works for You dentist, Dr. Kevin Winters has addressed many crucial questions people have about getting the best dental care. One important question that came up recently is: “I recently moved to Tulsa. What’s the best way to find a new dentist?”
Dr. Winters answered this question in good detail, noting first that as someone new to the area, you don’t have many friends and family that can recommend dentists. Fortunately, there are many other resources you can use to find a good dentist in the area.
Visit Dentists’ Websites
A good place to start in finding a dentist is to go online and visit potential dentists’ websites. There are three things you are looking for:
- Does the dentist offer the services I want?
- Does the dentist do good work?
- Does the dentist seem like a good fit?
Virtually every dentist is going to offer cleanings and checkups, but you want to look beyond this to find the right dentist for you. Think about dental services you might be planning on or wishing for in the future. If your dentist doesn’t offer them, you’re just setting yourself up to find another dentist in a few years.
You also want to make sure you’re finding a quality dentist, so look on their website for evidence of the quality of their work. Some dentists have received awards. These may look nice, but make sure you understand what the award is and why it was given before you give it too much stock. You definitely want to look at a dentist’s before and after gallery. This shows the quality of work they are capable of producing. Even if you don’t think you want cosmetic dentistry, their cosmetic dentistry talent will show up in any restorative dentistry they do. And, of course, look for reviews on the website. (More on this later.)
Finally, evaluate a dentist’s personality and priorities to make sure they are a good personality match for you. You want to make sure that they value the same things you value to provide a good foundation for a lasting relationship.
Find Dentist Reviews
These days, most dentists will have reviews on their websites, and these are good to look at, but don’t forget to look at reviews on an independent review site. A large number of reviews is generally a good indicator that a dentist is established and has engaged patients.
Don’t just look at the number of stars a dentist received. Instead, read reviews in depth to see how people really feel about a dentist. You may not agree that a particular characteristic is praiseworthy or merits condemnation.
Talk to More Than One Dentist
Once you have decided on a few dentists that seem good matches on the basis of their website and reviews, it’s time to talk to dentists. Don’t just settle for the first dentist you meet. Talk to a couple, preferably three before deciding which is the right dentist for you. That way, you have a good understanding of what distinguishes these dentists from each other.
Are You Looking for a Dentist in Tulsa?
If you are looking for a new dentist in Tulsa offering the highest quality general, neuromuscular, and cosmetic dentistry, then you should consider Dr. Kevin Winters at Winters Dental Excellence. Please call (918) 528-3330 today for an appointment.