The Dentist's Reputation
You will want to choose a dentist that has great rapport around the community. Ask your family and friend or look at online reviews to get a good idea of what the dentist is like with their patients.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Your Comfort Level at the Clinic
You will likely want to make sure that you feel comfortable with the dentist as you will be spending some time up close and personal with them. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:
Is the dentist a good listener and takes your questions seriously? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they answer your questions about procedures you’ll need effectively? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
The Services They Offer
Many dental clinics are now able to offer a wide variety of dental services to meet the growing need of families. Do the dentists you are considering offer comprehensive services, including preventive, restorative and cosmetic treatments? Will they be able to handle a dental emergency?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Office Location & Hours
- Will you need to travel far to get to the dental clinic?
- How about public transit?
- If you drive, is parking convenient?
- Are there hours convenient for you?
If you or one of your family members has accessibility needs then you will want to make sure that these can be met during your visits. From physical accessibility to dental sedation services, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
The cost of dental care will depend on a variety of factors.
- Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province?
- Do they accept your insurance and can they file your insurance claim electronically?
- Will you be able to use a variety of different payment methods?
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?
What is the office appearance upon arrival? Is it clean and is the administration staff welcoming?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Thorncliffe 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 Values
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.
Our Dentists in Toronto Are Welcoming New Patients
If you are in need of a new dentist, our team would be pleased if you took the time to tour our office!