How to Choose a Dentist

People are using internet dating sites to find love and personal relationships; why not use similar resources to find the perfect fit for your dentist! By utilizing online resources, potential clients can view a dentist’s credentials, current client testimonials, and available services in order to make the most informed decision regarding their personal dental care. The decision in choosing a dentist remains significant. Some dentists and dental hygienists seem to invade personal space and can be outrageously expensive. Before considering a dentist for you or your family, consider the following information:

1. Credibility, Reputation, Title: Information to understand prior to visiting a dentist is differentiating between the terms D.D.S. and D.M.D. The acronyms associated with general dentist practitioners vary only in title—a D.D.S. title refers to a dentist who acts as a Doctor of Dental Surgery; whereas a D.M.D. title refers to Doctor of Dental Medicine. Dentists earn either of these two titles from their universities, and receive the title on their diplomas during graduation. The Alma Matter where the dentist graduates holds the title that the student then inherits. Both titles are similar and differ only in semantics. As long as the school is nationally recognized and the dentist is approved by the state board, graduating students from dental universities will be able and credible to practice general dentistry. Reputation and credibility are both key. Ask friends and family who they would refer as a dentist and/or dental hygienist. Also, visit the dental practice’s website—as it may show ratings and testimonials by patients.

2. Services offered: Whether routine dentistry and preventative dental care or treating a dental problem, clients should understand the full services a dentist has to offer prior to consultations or visits. General dentistryoral surgeryteeth whiteningsleep apnea treatments, or emergency consultations are all services that may benefit clients of all ages.

3. Location and Hours: An important factor when choosing a dentist for the first time is their location and proximity to residences or businesses. Available hours for appointments and emergency consultations are crucial for potential customers in order to allow for peace of mind.

As a customer, it is important to feel comfortable with the dentist, dental staff, and office setting. A dentist’s purpose is to provide the best possible dental care and services available, tailored to each patient’s needs. If uncertain with current dental care, receive an alternative opinion from another dentist. Second opinions can further help to protect smiles and may prevent unnecessary radical surgery or excessive services.

Located in Studio City, California, Dr. Alexander Ash offers personalized patient care for all clients in a popular location, in addition to providing emergency, after-hour dental care in Studio City, Toluca Lake, Burbank, and Sherman Oaks for all of his patients.

Dr. Ash is the founder of Studio Dental Care. He earned his Doctorate at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry, followed by two General Residencies at New York-Presbyterian / Weill-Cornell Hospital and the UCLA Sepulveda VA Hospital.

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