One of the essential requirements of good oral hygiene is regular dental visits. The long-term relationship with your dentist will shape your dental health. It is important that you choose a correct partner for maintaining yours as well as your family’s dental health.
Sandpoint Dentist

Have you just moved to Idaho and are searching for a local dentist? OR Are you looking for the ‘best’ dental clinic in Sandpoint to take care of your pearly whites? The following list explains the key points to consider before selecting a new dentist.

1. The dentist’s qualification and training

First, inquire about the dentist’s license and professional training. The local dentist should be sufficiently trained in the art of diagnosis and treatment of dental diseases.

  • Is the dentist a member of a reputed dental association? Such as HealthGrades (click to see Dr. Hull's account).
  • Does the dentist follow continuing-education programs?

Surveying these questions will help you in your search for a good dentist. Moreover, there are a plethora of other tools to check the reputation of the prospect dentist. Take the opinion of your friends, relatives, and neighbors and examine the reviews on the social networking sites. You can always find the information in ‘Meet the Team’ section of the dentist’s website.

2. The spectrum of general services

If the dental clinic is in the vicinity of your home or office, it can be beneficial. Some dental procedures like crowns and bridges, root canal treatment, etc. usually require frequent dental visits. You don’t want to travel for hours to sit in the dental chair. Check the working hours of the clinic and the availability of emergency dental services. Apart from this, it is important that the dental clinic caters the general services like drinking water, car parking, toilet, etc. Some dental offices have a separate ‘play zone’ for the children while others have kids-friendly staff. The atmosphere of the dental clinic should be suitable for people of all age groups. You can also check if the dental clinic has a barrier-free environment for the disabled patients.

3. The range of dental treatment

A family dentist offers treatment to children, adults as well as the elderly patients. It is always good to do your homework beforehand. So enlist your dental needs and requirements and know the basics about dental specialties. Some of the extensive treatments like implant surgery, full mouth rehabilitation, orthodontic treatment, fixation of jaw fractures, etc. could need a specialist’s intervention. Check if there is a visiting specialist at the prospect dentist’s office. Some dentists carry out the extensive dental procedures themselves or may even refer you to a specialist. The specialists in dentistry include oral surgeons, periodontist, endodontist and others.

You should confirm if the sterilization protocol is strictly followed in the clinic. Infection control affects the success rate of dental procedures, and so it is an important point to consider.

  • Is the dental staff neatly dressed?
  • What is the waste management protocol of the dental clinic?

Include the above-mentioned questions in your survey.

Moreover, these days the way dentistry is practiced is revolutionized. It is important that your dentist uses high-quality dental materials and cutting-edge dental technology.

4. The attitude of the dental team

Friendly, empathetic and cooperative dental assistants, receptionist and other members of the dental team collectively contribute to a positive dental experience. The active participation in problem discussion with patients and openness to all types of doubts by a dentist helps in building a strong doctor-patient relationship. You may be anxious before the root canal treatment appointment or may have the doubt whether an implant surgery is the best option for you. There will be a myriad of situations where only a dentist can advise what is best for you. So, always choose a dentist who is compassionate and has good communication skills. Coeur d'Alene Dental Center a family dentistry summarizes it well, "Good dentistry is more than excellent clinical skills and state-of-the-art equipment. Establishing lasting relationships with our patients, based upon mutual trust and open communication, is an important factor."

5. Finance options

The cost of dental treatment can act be an obstacle in getting timely dental care. Check the various payment methods available at the prospect dentist’s office. Some dentists also submit the insurance claims on your behalf (which can be beneficial) and give discounts on upfront payments of the total cost. You can also talk with your insurance provider to have a clear idea about the dental expenses. It is always helpful to call your dentist and ask about the fees for different dental procedures like dental fillings, root canal treatment, dental crowns and bridges, etc.

A final word to the wise: plan a visit to Dr. Benjamin Hull’s clinic

One can call the prospects and clarify the doubts. However, it is equally important to get the feel of the dental clinic before taking the final decision. One should go for a dental tour to the prospect dental clinic and inspect the important points.

In your search for the local dentist, consider Dr. Hull’s team that has more than 80 years of experience in dentistry. We use the latest dental technology and are committed to providing optimum dental care to the Sandpoint community. If you have any further questions or want to meet our team and know more about our services, CALL US TODAY at 208.597.7729 to schedule an appointment.