Tips for Choosing a Cosmetic Dentist

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Because so many dentists are branching out into cosmetic dentistry, finding the right one to do Orange County dental implants can be a staggering undertaking. Usually there is no insurance administrator that can direct the selection, as cosmetic dentistry is not often covered by insurance. Without a referral system, the decision-making process can seem insurmountable. These tips should make the process a little easier to navigate.

Start with a Referral

If the regular dentist does not provide implant care, he or she may be able to provide a referral to a dentist that does. The recommendation does not come lightly, as their own reputation is on the line. Other sources of referrals can come from friends, family, neighbors and coworkers.

Questions to Ask

It is important to thoroughly check out the cosmetic dentist before scheduling the consultation. During a phone call, questions that might be asked would be:

  • Is the dentist a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry?
  • How long has the dentist been in practice?
  • What technology does the dentist employ (lasers, CAD/CAM restoration, intraoral imaging, etc.)?
  • How are emergencies handled?
  • Are before and after photos of previous patients available and satisfactory?

Schedule a Consult

Following the research, visit the cosmetic dentist to discuss the Orange County dental implants. At the consultation, the dentist will review information from the regular dentist and examine the patient to make a determination of their own. Next, there will be a discussion about what the patient’s expectations are and what the dentist can provide. A treatment plan will be worked out and a quote for services given.

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