At the present time dental clinics and dentists are completely different from what it was a few years ago. The presence of large chains, insurers and the interest of banks and venture capital funds in these clinical models have dynamited the traditional model with aggressive advertisements and methods that are increasingly being implemented in other more traditional clinics.
In this scenario we meet patients, friends and family who ask us “why is this the case and in my lifetime dentist?” “What differentiates franchises, chains and insurers from the rest of the clinics?”.
In this post we will give some tips to identify a good professional, others who work with purely mercantilist objectives:
- That it is always the same professional team that attends. The dentistry is a very specialized field and not all going to make all kinds of treatments, but the team is stable and treatments referral to specialists from other centers is an indication that the primary concern is the health of the patient. Do not trust if the center where you go has a very high turnover of staff or does not serve the person you want.
- Comprehensive treatment plans. A good professional will inform you of the general condition of your mouth (gums, teeth, way you bite and the repercussions in the short and long term that the possible problems you have will have on your oral and perioral health). For this it is necessary that the first visit be exhaustive. Do not trust when a first visit is short and the dentist makes a quick review, when the treatment plan is based on “covering holes” or when more importance is given to expensive treatments (implants, whitening, etc.) than to the health situation.
- Dentists love our teeth. If you ask a good dentist in what situation a piece would be removed, it will tell you when there is no other choice because the rest has failed. Demand the same for you. Removing a tooth is the last step and constitutes a mutilation if there is any possibility of maintaining the natural dentition. Do not trust when a treatment plan includes multiple extractions or when the professional tells you that an implant is preferable to a natural tooth.
- The need for continuous training. Identifying a professional that is properly trained is not looking at the wall to see if it has many diplomas, there are many indicative to know: the way to understand your oral health, how to explain the treatment or how to work are just some of the indicators. Words like adhesion, ceramics without metal, on lays, incrustations, veneers, invisible orthodontics, guided surgery, digital planning, intraoral scanner, etc. … will be part of your usual vocabulary. Silver amalgams, crowns with metal base, metal bolts, etc. … will only use them to indicate that they want them to disappear from your mouth.
- The use of technology. The use of magnification with magnifying glasses or microscope, camera to record the work, the use of digital radiology, the use of an intraoral scanner, the systematic use of rubber dam isolation, or the planning of 3D surgeries, will indicate who is a trained professional, updated, and who is more concerned with doing work properly than the time and money that is invested in training to use this technology and implement it in daily practice.
These tips do not ensure the complete success of a treatment or the total absence of complications, but they do ensure that they find a professional with a vocation and dedicated to the quality of their work and the well-being of their patients.