How to Pick a Dental Office

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It depends on what you are looking to find. There are three kinds of offices. Most people will fit into one of these office types.

First type of office is an Emergency Office. I will get a call once in the while from a toothache patient. These patients are looking only for a quick fix to get out of pain and have no intention of going to the dentist again until another emergency arises. I often refer these patients to another office. I choose not to be an “On Star” dentist. I like to treat patients that I can develop a relationship with and want a comprehensive treatment plan.

Second type of office is a Maintence Office. Patients that are attracted to these offices are often insurance dependent and want their 2 cleanings a year. They also hope nothing is found. Teeth are addressed one tooth at a time and are fixed one tooth at a time.

Third type of office is the Exeptional office. The patient that seeks out an exceptional office is looking for answers. They want to put the puzzle together on “why” things are happening in their mouth. They want to be looked at as a whole person and a whole mouth. Treatment is comprehensive and is not only “fix it if it’s broken”. Time spent in this office is to understand what the patient’s needs and wants are. Typically in an exceptional office the first appointment is approximately 1 ½ hours to gather information and get to know the patient. In the exceptional office, communication, education, and technology are very evident. I’m proud to say this is how I have chosen to practice.

If you feel you would be comfortable in my office, call for a consultation.

Dr. Alexandra S. George

Medically reviewed by Dr. Alexandra S. George - D.D.S., L.Vl.I.F. on January 2nd, 2015