I have published my Ultimate Guide to Choosing a Family Dentist but it's fairly comprehensive. If you are hoping for some helpful tips in a much shorter article, look no further! Below I discuss some simple but invaluable strategies for ensuring your next Dentist in Kitchener is a great fit for you!
When looking for a new Dentist in Kitchener, you'll want to think about a few things first. You need to know what is important to you. Here are a few variables:
Treatment Capabilities/Referral Tendencies. Many dentists do not provide treatment to kids. Others won't do root canal treatments, surgical extractions, or dentures. These dentists are still fantastic at what they do but seeing them may mean more visits to see a specialist and with elevated treatment fees. Most Dentists will list all dental treatments and services on their website but it doesn't mean they perform all at their office. You may want to reach out to a candidate dental office to ask if they perform complex extractions or provide denture fabrication. Having a Dentist that can perform lots of advanced techniques can save you extra time and money.
Perks. This is probably the factor least related to dentistry but patient comfort matters. Sometimes, these "little things" can keep an anxious patient calm during treatment. For instance, some people like being able to watch TV at their dental appointment. Others appreciate having a cup of organic coffee in the waiting area. If these added perks are important to you, check out in-office photos on a candidates website when looking for your new dentist in Kitchener.
Everybody prioritizes different things when looking for a service provider. This article is designed to help you find the Dentist you think suits you best. People used to rely heavily on "word of mouth" referrals from family and friends. This still happens. However, people are increasingly reliant on online reviews. Use the source(s) with which you are most comfortable. Use sources that you feel are trustworthy.
Again, most people are looking for a good dentist near their home or work. You can perform a search in Google or Yahoo using the popular search strings "dentist near me" or "best dentist in Kitchener". Search engines will usually respond to the terms "best" or "top-rated" by providing Dentists with a higher than average rating. This is certainly not a perfect or fool-proof approach, but it can be helpful. I would then encourage you to read online reviews to get a sense of what, in particular, people enjoyed about a particular Dentist in Kitchener. You can learn quite a bit this way.
You can also use the factors listed above to come up with search strings that will deliver better matches for you. "Direct billing Dentist Kitchener" or "Dentist with evening hours" will help you to locate offices that better meet your needs.
It is probably a good idea to start with 4-5 offices that meet your preliminary criteria. From there, look at their website. You may be able to see how their office looks. Most dental websites include a statement of philosophy about the care they provide. For example you might read something like: "we aim to deliver affordable dentistry in a calm and comfortable environment". You may also be able to read patient testimonials on their website.
From there, you may decide to reach out to a few of these offices. If I were looking for a new Dentist in Kitchener, I would ask the following questions:
Once you decide on a dentist, make sure you keep lines of communication open. Do let them know your priorities. This way, they have a fair shot at tailoring the care they deliver to your preferences where possible. Give them the opportunity to keep you happy as a long-term patient!
If you would like to have a Meet & Greet consult with Dr. Kyle Hornby to see if Enamel Republic Family Dentistry will be the right dental home for you, please feel free to request a consult here.
This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your Kitchener Dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a dental condition or treatment.