How to Choose the Right Dentist for You

Whether you moved, your dentist retired or you just need different services, finding a new dental professional can be a tough thing to do. Here, our Cambridge dentists offer some advice on how to choose the right dentist for you and your family.

What is the reputation of the dentist and dental team?

A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. You can ask around if you want to learn more about nay dentist in your area. Your friends, family and neighbours may be able to provide their own recommendations.

You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.

Are you comfortable with the dentist?

It is important that you feel comfortable with your dentist. They do care for your health and spend time poking around your mouth. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:

Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?

Does the dentist offer the services that you need?

There are a number of different dental services available these days. Is the dental clinic able to provide you with the services that you need? Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?

If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.

Is the office location close to your home or work?

Will you have to travel far for dental care or is the office close? Are you able to take public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are there hours convenient for you?

Does the office meet any accessibility needs that you have?

Is the office accessible for both yourself and your family? From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.

Do they offer the financial options that work best for you?

Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically?

Is the dentist able to accept different methods of payment and do they offer financing?

While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.

How easy is scheduling appointments?

How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?

What does the office look like?

Is the office clean and organized? Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision?

We are happy to have patients visit Ainslie Street Dental Centre at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.

The Dentist’s Approach to Care

When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.

Our Team is Welcoming New Patients at Our Office in Cambridge

Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Cambridge, we hope you’ll consider us!

Please contact our team at Ainslie Street Dental Centre if you would like to schedule an office tour.

New Patients Are Welcome

Looking for a dentist in Cambridge? We're happily accepting new patients at our dental clinic! Contact us to get started today. 

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