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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

5 Things to Consider When Contemplating Dental Work

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I have had my share of dental work done so this article covers a lot of important information to consider when needing dental work.

Maybe you need corrective work for a cavity or overbite. Maybe you're just thinking about bleaching your teeth for a better, whiter smile. Whatever your reasons for considering dental work, here are just five things to keep in mind as you do.

1. Insurance

What dental offices are within your network? More importantly, what procedures are covered by your policy? Some might fall under the "cosmetic" umbrella, so even if you genuinely need them, you might have to jump through some hoops to get them comped by your insurance company. Make sure that you do your research in advance to avoid any unpleasant surprises down the line.

2. Reviews and Recommendations

If you aren't sure where to get started with your search for a good dental practitioner, ask around. Your friends and family should have some names for you. You can also check out user-submitted reviews on sites like Google and Yelp; they'll tell you which offices are clean, punctual and staffed by friendly people.

3. Recovery Time

Don't be afraid to call the dental practice and ask detailed questions about procedures, side effects and recovery times. If you're a corporate manager who needs to be right back in the office after lunch, you can't afford to spend hours in the chair or under the influence of painkillers. If it will take you awhile to be yourself again after a dental procedure, you might need to schedule it for the weekend.

4. Legitimacy

When comparing and contrasting dental offices, look for signs of legitimacy as a brand. Anyone can hang a shingle and declare themselves open for business; if you're serious about finding a licensed, reputable specialist, you'll need to do a little digging. Where did they go to school? Are they members of any industry organizations or dental networks? What certificates are hanging on their walls?

5. Consultation

Last but certainly not least, always schedule a face-to-face visit with your dental practitioner before actually surrendering yourself to their hands. If you aren't completely comfortable with their personality and professionalism, it's okay to thank them for their time and find someone else. Never jump into dental work without having a consultation first.

Whether you're looking for a dentist, orthodontist or something else entirely, let these tips guide you down your chosen path. Your smile is one of the first things that people notice about you, so it's important that it's a good one!

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