5 Things to Remember When Choosing A Dentist

5 Things to Remember When Choosing a Dentist

Looking for a new dentist in the Ottawa area? There are many dental clinics to sift through, which can make the process rather overwhelming. To help you narrow down your search, here are 5 things to remember when choosing a dentist that is right for you and your family.

Their Availability Matters

If you’re juggling a day job, running after the kids, and keeping up with the whole family’s schedule, it’s hard to make it to your dentist’s office on time, especially if they close early every day and don’t offer extended hours. So, before you choose a new dentist, check that their schedule works with yours. 

It Helps If They Have Emergency Services

Accidents happen. If you or one of your kids has a dental emergency that needs immediate care, you’ll want to know that you can get the care they need right away. Unfortunately, not all dental clinics offer emergency services. If you find a dentist that offers after hour emergency care for you and your family, they’re a keeper.

The Closer the Location the Better

You may have your heart set on a particular dentist but if they’re located thirty minutes or more from your work or home, they might not be the best fit. Heading a little out of town for a dentist you love may seem okay at first, but if you or one of your little one’s has a dental emergency it can suddenly become a big problem. You and all your family will also need to visit your dentist at least every six months if you’re teeth are healthy (more often if not). Having to drive an hour for every visit can quickly become a hassle and also can cost you quite a lot in gas and parking. 

Dentistry is a Broad Medical Specialty

Not all dental offices offer orthodontics, denture, and cosmetic services. Some only offer general dentistry and might not have all the services you and your family need on site. If you’re a party of one, it might not be a big deal, but if you have a family, it will be a lot more convenient to find a dentist that has a wide range of services available in one location. 

Don’t Forget to Check Your Insurance Coverage

Before you choose a dentist, it’s important to check if they are covered by your insurance company. Otherwise, you might have to pay for everything upfront and then arrange for the claim yourself. Also, the amount you pay can differ from dental clinic to dental clinic. So before you make any decisions, be sure to check what is covered and how much you can expect to pay over and above the plan rate.

At Teal Umbrella we offer a wide range of services that include preventative, restorative, and cosmetic treatments. We also have extended hours and offer after-hour emergency services to ensure your family has around the clock care when you need it. Our office is located right in the heart of Ottawa, making it easy to get to no matter where you live. Come visit our office today to see the difference our dental team makes!