In January our entire team attended The Crown Council national event in Nashville. The Crown Council is a prestigious alliance of leading-edge dentists around the world who are strongly committed to promoting oral health, fighting oral cancer, and serving their communities through charitable work. Membership is by invitation. These industry leaders in health, wellness, and prevention offer the latest dental procedures in state-of-the-art facilities.
What Is A Crown Council Dentist?
Crown Council member practices are cosmetic dentists, sedation dentists, dental implant dentists, and general & family dentists passionately committed to excellence in their fields, to continuing education, to giving back, and to focusing on treating patients, not teeth. If you’re looking for a cosmetic dentist, family dentist, dental implants dentist or sedation dentist, you can feel 100% confident you’ve made the right choice when you choose a dentist who is an active member of the Crown Council.
There are little known questions every patient should ask before choosing a dentist. Any time you are choosing any type of healthcare provider, you always wonder where you can find out the things that other people already know. It is easier to choose a dentist when you know what to look for and exactly what to ask. Then you can decide by comparing your wants and desires with the services that will be provided by the various choices you have for a dentist.
Here are some key questions you can ask over the phone before you make an appointment. These five questions will help you find the right dental care provider for you:
1. What continuing education has the dentist taken in the last 12 months? New developments in dentistry are emerging every day. Leading edge technologies, new ways to diagnose, and better treatments are being discovered, tested, and confirmed regularly. The dentist of choice should be keeping up with all of the newest developments. You will want to choose a dentist who knows all of the potential treatments for every condition. This is as true for a family dentist as it is for a cosmetic dentist and everything in between. State requirements, however, are minimal to maintain a license to practice dentistry. For instance, in Texas a dentist is only required to have 12 hours of continuing education each year. Is the dentist just doing the minimum required to stay in practice or striving to stay educated so you will stay healthy? If the appointment coordinator on the phone can’t tell you what courses have been taken lately, it is likely that there haven’t been very many!
2. How long will it take to perform my initial examination? Be sure that you choose a dentist who will provide a thorough exam so that you and the dentist will be totally aware of your entire oral health condition. Check to see if the dentist will take the time with you to discuss your condition and treatment options. A thorough dentist will set aside at least an hour or more to do a complete exam and consultation.
3. What is included in my initial exam? Some dentists just take a cursory glance around and ask what hurts. This may be a “look-see” to detect the obvious, but it isn’t an effective exam that will protect you and your long-term health.
There are four things a thorough exam should include:
(b) A complete and thorough check of the health of your gums with a periodontal probe. This instrument is inserted between each tooth and your gums to measure bone depth. Six points on every tooth should be checked and the findings charted.
(c) A check of your bite should be made to determine how your teeth come together. The check should determine if there is balance, excessive wear, or jaw pain.
(d) There should be an oral cancer exam to check for any signs of oral cancer.
Choose a dentist that gives the type of initial exam that includes at least these 4 things indicating an interest in you as a patient and in your long-term dental and overall health.
4. Ask what will occur between the time of your arrival at the office and when the dentist starts the actual exam. This will determine if there will be time for you to talk to a treatment coordinator or to the dentist before the work begins. A dentist interested in you and your health will set time aside to listen to your concerns and expectations during your first visit.
5. Ask when the dental team went through Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compliance training. OSHA has very clear guidelines for dental offices to follow in order to maintain the highest standard of sterilization and infection control. Every member of the dental office team is required by regulation to take compliance training at least once a year.
When you have investigated these five things, take time to do a brief mental review of the experience you have had. Recall how you have been treated on the phone. The treatment you receive from the appointment coordinator can often be an indication of how you are going to be treated in that office by other team members as well, including the dentist.
As you enter the office, be a detective. You may see little things that could be symptoms of more significant things going on behind the scenes. As you research to choose a dentist, here are some things to observe:
The above suggestions are just some of the things you can ask and observe in order to choose a dentist who will serve you and your needs the best. Take the time to ask the right questions so you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that you are in the best hands for what you want for the long term health of your mouth and your smile.
We learned many new skills and grew together as a team so we can serve our patients even better!
Dr. Tanner's office and staff are the best!!! I’ve been going to him for over ten years and always have been treated with the best care. Even when I had an emergency, they got me right in. His work is exceptional, and pretty much pain free!!