We know that for most people, choosing a new dentist is last or close to last on your list of favorite things. But there are often very good reasons for choosing a new dentist. Here are a few signs that it’s time to get a new dentist.
Dentist Doesn’t Offer Services You Want
Not all dentists are capable of performing the full range of dental services. If you want the full services of a cosmetic dentist, but your current dentist doesn’t offer those types of services, you may want to look for a new dentist, either as a regular dentist or to perform those specific procedures.
You Get Poor Results
Your dentist is supposed to maintain the health and appearance of your smile. If your dentist isn’t helping you, it’s time to look for another dentist. Common problems that people encounter include unattractive restorations and oral health that isn’t improving despite treatment.
It’s worth noting, though, that you have an important role to play in your oral health. If you’re not playing your part, perhaps your dentist isn’t to blame.
Dentist Doesn’t Seem Concerned about Your Overall Health
Although your dentist is primarily focused on the care of your mouth, your oral health is closely intertwined with your overall health. In order to properly care for you, your dentist should pay attention to your health history and ask relevant questions about the information you give.
Dentist Doesn’t Give You Options
In dentistry, there’s always more than one way to get the results you want. There are better options and worse options, and sometimes the better options are much, much better than the others, but there are always options. If your dentist won’t give you information about more than one approach to your problem, then it’s time to look for a new dentist.
Dentist Doesn’t Listen
As we mentioned above, dentistry is a team effort, and it’s important that you have a dentist who sees it that way. Part of your role on the team is to report things you see and feel about your oral health. Part of your dentist’s job is to listen to what you say and find out what could be causing the symptoms you report or check out any other concerns you might mention. If your dentist isn’t doing this, you need to find one who will.
Dentist Doesn’t Want You to Get a Second Opinion
It’s always important to get a second opinion any time you are going to have a significant or irreversible procedure. This doesn’t imply you don’t trust your dentist, it just means you want to be sure. However, a dentist that doesn’t want you to get a second opinion may be one you’d be unwise to trust. A dentist who doesn’t want you to talk to others about your diagnosis or treatment plan may have something to hide.
You Don’t Feel Comfortable with Your Dentist
Sometimes, it’s not any one thing that causes you to dislike a dentist. Even if you can’t quite put your finger on why, if you don’t like your current dentist, you should start looking for another dentist–especially if your discomfort is keeping you from making your regular dental visits or getting procedures you desire.
If you are looking for a new dentist in Summerlin, please call (702) 873-0324 for an appointment with Dr. James B. Polley today.