overall health. This makes it important to go for preventive dental check ups regularly; however, serious dental conditions requiring complicated procedures require you to urgently visit your dentist. Whether going for a cosmetic dentistry routine to fix your smile or undergoing a more complicated root canal treatment (RCT), following are the five things you must expect from your dental care provider:
Experienced Team of Dental Care Practitioners
The most important thing for a reliable dental practice is to have an experienced team of dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants. Quality dental clinics have multispecialty experts who excel in their respective fields ranging from cosmetic dentistry (smile designing, teeth whitening, laser bleaching) and orthodontics (brace procedures, serial extractions, myofunctional appliance control), to endodontics (root canal, pulpotomy, tooth coloured fillings) and prosthetics (implants, partial dentures, crowns/bridges).
Ease and Convenience of Access to Care
Getting convenient access to care without long waiting period is an essential factor that contributes to patient satisfaction. Whether you need a cosmetic dental procedure or require a follow up on your root canal treatment, every patient expects to be granted an appointment as soon as possible.
While dental clinics should be open during peak visiting hours, 24×7 emergency services also constitutes an integral part of their operation. There are several times when patients experience unbearable pain or inconvenience during non-practice hours, such as during the middle of the night or holidays. Considering this, mobile dental vans have gained much appreciation from the patients and the dental fraternity alike. Not only do these 24 hour dental care services spare you the inconvenience of commuting, they deliver state-of-the art treatment at your doorstep.
Top-Notch Hygiene Standards
Patients should pay close attention to the standards of cleanliness followed by dental practices. This not only involves highest standards of sterilization with regards to dental treatments and procedures but also general hygiene of the reception and patient waiting areas.
Approachable Staff Reflecting Quality Care
Having a team of warm and friendly patient-facing professionals, dentists, dental hygienists and dental assistants is an invaluable asset to the patients. Patients should expect a pleasant experience right from when the appointment is fixed over the phone to when the procedure is complete at the clinic. This is an important factor that converts first-time patients to regular ones. More importantly, all dental care practitioners should reflect highest standards of oral health in their own mouths.
Dr. Agnelo Chang is a dental surgeon practicing general dentistry a