Are you seeking a dentist in Winnipeg? We understand it can be tricky to find the right dentist, so today our dentists are sharing some advice on how to make the right decision.
A good dentist's reputation will precede them and they'll have solid reviews from their community. Ask coworkers, friends and family about the dentists they see and look into their suggestions yourself (online reviews are excellent options for this).
You might also contact the dental society in your community or province to find practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
Since your relationship with your dentist is so important, one of the most important things to consider is whether you'll feel comfortable with this person. Think about these questions during your initial consultation with a new dentist:
Do they take the time to listen as you explain symptoms and ask questions? Does the dentist seem to hear, understand and care about your concerns? Do you have anxieties or fears you'd be comfortable expressing, and do they effectively address any questions you have about procedures you'll need?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Many dentists can offer a wide range of services due to many advances in dental technology. Do the dentists you are looking at offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? What about emergency care?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, you may want to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are their hours convenient for you?
Costs & Money Matters
Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they offer direct billing for your insurance plan and can they submit your insurance claim electronically?
Are there multiple payment options (cash, debit, credit)?
While your health is the most important factor, money is also an issue. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns you may have.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Fort Richmond Dental Centre at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about his or her approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Welcoming new patients in Winnipeg
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Winnipeg, we hope you’ll consider us!