How to choose a good dentist

The economic crisis and the rise of low-cost dental practices have led to a significant increase in dentists, making it difficult for patients to make a choice. Which dentist should you contact? How to understand if we are facing a real professional with whom to establish a relationship of trust? Here is a list that will help you choose:

A real dentist is enrolled in the Register of Dentists. On the website www.fnomceo.it it is possible to look up the dentists so as not to risk dealing with an “abusive” one. Today, with the internet, we fortunately have the opportunity to get to know the professional before going to his studio; we can view his resume, work team and any reviews left by other people. Let’s not forget to always evaluate everything with care and intelligence, getting to know the professional face to face before get a wrong idea of him/her.

Un buon dentista si riconosce prima di tutto dall’igiene degli ambienti. Tutti quanti, istintivamente, ci facciamo un’idea già al primo sguardo sull’igiene degli ambienti ma per valutare precisamente le tecnologie e le strumentazioni servirebbe probabilmente qualche competenza specifica. Gli ambienti di disinfezione e sterilizzazione sono fondamentali e forniscono una sintesi molto chiara del modo di lavorare del clinico e della sua equipe. La pulizia dei locali, della poltrona nella quale ci si siede ed anche degli ambienti comuni deve essere impeccabili; il medico inoltre deve indossare guanti e mascherina ed utilizzare un kit per la visita personalizzato che viene aperto davanti al paziente.

You can recognize a good dentist first of all by looking at the hygiene of his dental practice. We all instinctively get an idea on the hygiene standards at the first glance, but to precisely evaluate the technologies and equipment we would probably need some specific expertise.

The disinfection and sterilization rooms are fundamental and provide a very clear summary of the clinician’s and his team’s way of working. The cleanliness of the premises, of the armchair in which one sits and also of the common areas must be spotless; the doctor must also wear disposable gloves and a mask and use a personalized examination kit that is opened in front of the patient.

A serious dentist performs a detailed analysis and gives clear and precise answers. Already during the first visit (even if free) the dentist should give all the answers the patient needs. No clinical act, even a dental one, can be performed with due prudence without having looked into what happened previously. A good dentist has to be informed of every detail of the patient’s dental history and more generally of the patient’s medical conditions.

A good dentist believes that oral hygiene is essential and motivates his patients by instructing them on how to mantain proper hygiene.

A good dentist clearly explains the pathology and illustrates with simplicity every aspect of the dental disease as well as the possible treatments, showing also examples of similar clinical cases he might have previously treated. The patient is always an active part in defining the final choices.

A good dentist does not promise to work miracles in a very short time. If he does it, pay close attention: there are protocols that indicate the minimum duration of the treatments depending also on the biological response time.

X rays and overview are essential to develop a care plan and therefore a quote. Radiographic examinations such as OPT (overview) that are needed for some treatments, or intraoral radiographs, which are much more precise, allow to see the detail of the tooth and carry out an in-depth analysis.

A good dentist reads your mouth from the first visit to see if there are problems like periodontal disease (pyorrhea), gingivitis etc. The patient must be immediately informed about his state of health and any treatment therapies luckly to be performed.

A real professional gives the patient a well-defined quote with all the costs before starting any therapies. The estimate must be appropriate to the treatment plan the patient intends to pursue: steer clear of excessively low cost centres! They will surely not be able to guarantee you any kind of quality and they will perform treatments or operations with low-quality materials.

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