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how to find a cosmetic dentist

How to Find a Cosmetic Dentist

Choosing a dentist is a serious decision. Many dentists declare themselves to be cosmetic specialists, but you need to do practice due diligence to weed out the pretenders from the experts. Here are a few helpful tips on how to find a cosmetic dentist.

Cosmetic dentistry, for one, is not a specialty that’s officially recognized by the American Dental Association, so any dentist can legally refer to themselves as a cosmetic dentist. Let’s look at a few ways to determine if a dentist is a cosmetic specialist.  

Look at Their Training

Consider dentists who have been formally trained to conduct cosmetic procedures. When searching for a dentist, ask these questions:

  • How many years have they practiced dentistry?
  • Did they receive post-doctoral cosmetic training? If so, where?
  • Do they belong to any dental associations?

Don’t be afraid to directly contact the dentist and inquire about their cosmetic dentistry experience.

View Their Work

Most cosmetic dentists who excel at their jobs are proud of their work. On the dentist’s website, look for before-and-after photos. It’d be even better if there are some case studies and patient testimonials.

Learn About Their Technology

Look for dentists who are equipped with modern dental technology. Technology is one way to check the level of care and treatment in that office. Look for CAD/CAM restorative technology, digital X-rays, intraoral cameras, and more.

Review Their Professionalism

During your initial inquires and consultations, confirm if that dentist office is attentive and patient-focused. In many offices, the patient can be an afterthought, with poor wait times, lazy receptionists, and dentists who refuse to listen to their patients. For you to receive the smile of your dreams, you need a dentist who is eager to communicate with you, relatively accessible, and committed to helping you. Your dentist needs to be able to fully explain and walk you through any procedures, and will help you understand the benefits and the risks of those procedures.

Your oral health and appearance is incredibly important to your livelihood. You need a dentist who you know can get the job done. For you to trust your dentist, you will need to evaluate their experience, training, previous work and bedside manner. Doing a bit of research to choose the right dentist can be the difference between receiving a subpar or a stunning smile.

To find out how Dr. Grossman can help to craft a gorgeous smile, contact us today.

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are dental implants safe

Are Dental Implants Safe?

Losing teeth can be a stressful experience. There are several to restore a smile, but not all of them are created equal. You will either choose one of these options:

  • Dental bridges
  • Dentures
  • Dental Implants

Out of these three options, we believe dental implants to be the best, and there are several reasons why:

  • They look and function like real teeth
  • You don’t have to worry about them falling out when you eat, talk or laugh
  • They’re stable and can withstand normal bite forces and chewing
  • Preserves the health of the jawbone without impacting the surrounding teeth
  • They can be used to replace one missing tooth or several missing teeth
  • Can last a lifetime with proper care

To you, this may all sound perfect, but there is one question lurking in your mind: Is the procedure safe?

Our answer: Yes, but it depends on the dentist.

Let’s explain how dental implants work. Dental implants are composed of titanium, and they are surgically drilled into the jawbone. Titanium is a biocompatible material that can connect to the jawbone. This process is called osseointegration.

Dental implant procedures have been commonly used since the 1970s. Over the years, they have become more predictable and secure than other methods of teeth restoration. It’s the only restoration methods that simulates the feel and function of a tooth root underneath the missing tooth.

However, if your dental specialist in unqualified and lacks proven experience, it can be risky. An experienced specialist like Dr. Grossman can ensure that the procedure is conducted smoothly, even if there are unforeseen complications.

How to Know if Your Dentist Is Qualified

If the dentist isn’t up for the job, you will receive subpar results, and you will lack the ongoing care you need. Here are two ways to determine if the dentist is up for the task:

  1. Check their years of experience. For example, Dr. Grossman has been practicing dentistry since the ‘80s. If your dentist has only recently started their practice, you need to really be sure that they know what they’re doing.
  2. View past work. If the dentist has experience, they won’t hesitate to show you before-and-after pictures of their dental implant procedures. If these are not available on their website, ask them to show you any past work. If none is available, it should be cause for concern.

Are Dental Implants Safe and the Right Choice for Your Oral Health?

We believe that dental implants offer the safest and most effective way to restore your teeth. The safety of the procedure depends on the experience and skill level of the dentist. For more information, contact us today.

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