Are you currently experiencing issues with one or more teeth? Do you need to have work done on your teeth but you're not sure how to find someone to do the procedure or procedures? You can often find many dozens or even hundreds of dentists in a given municipality, but this doesn't necessarily mean that every single one is going to be right for you.

Some may specialize only in pediatric dentistry, while others focus on more involved orthodontic surgery. But even once you eliminate these obvious non-candidates, it can often be difficult to choose between those that are left. In order to help you to decide which one is the best for your current needs, some of the most important questions that you need to ask include the following. 

1. Do you take this insurance? Most dental offices will accept at least one of the local dental insurance companies but not every dentist will accept every possible insurance. Some dentists may accept certain insurance policies only if the situation is an emergency. Unless you're actually planning to pay for everything out of pocket, it does no good to ask further questions if their practice doesn't even accept the type of dental insurance that you currently have. 

2. What are your hours? When you work 40 or more hours per week, it can be difficult to find time to go to the dentist. Depending on what you need to have done, you may need to ensure that you have the next day after the procedure off of work, in order to allow your mouth time to adjust. If you're like many people, this often means that you won't be able to take the day off just for a dental visit. Finding an office that is open in the evenings or on weekends may be the only way that you're able to fit the visit into your schedule.

3. How long have you been practicing dentistry? Dental offices sometimes come and go frequently. Maybe one was in a poor location or perhaps the rent was better in a different building, so they decided to relocate. Being in a brand-new office doesn't say anything about the quality of work that the dentist is able to perform. What it does mean is that online reviews don't always transfer over, so you won't be able to find anything positive or negative about the dentist. But if you find out that the dentist recently moved to your area from across the country, you can check out the reviews in their previous city to find out what other people have said about him or her.

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