Typically, when someone books an initial appointment with a Kelowna Dental Centre, they become a loyal patient. Sometimes you stay because the hygienist has impeccable chair-side manner and they clean your teeth just the right way. Or, perhaps you like that the waiting room has current issues of Hello! Magazine and the front-end staff are super friendly.
If your Kelowna dentist provides a level of service that you’re happy with, that’s great. However, if you’re starting to feel like something is missing, or that your oral care needs are being overlooked, then perhaps it’s time you started to look at other options.
Here are some indicators that it might be time to begin searching for another Kelowna dental centre:
1. Your Dentist Doesn’t Provide Alternative Treatment Options
If you have a dental issue that requires treatment, it’s important to have a dentist that can provide you with some different treatment options and explain the pros and cons of each approach.
Let’s say you have a missing or broken tooth that needs repair. Some of your options could include:
- Reattaching the broken piece of tooth enamel
- Bonding a tooth-coloured filling or crown
- Replacing it with a dental bridge
- Replacing it with a dental implant
The type of service required will be dependent on the severity of the damaged tooth.
However, for a procedure such as this, other factors need to be considered:
- Your budget
- Your dental insurance coverage
- The invasiveness of the procedure
The specialists at your Kelowna dental centre should take the time to explain your options so you can make an informed choice.
2. Your Dental Issues Are Going Unresolved
If your dentist is unable to get to the root of a particular dental problem, they’re not being very effective at their job. If they brush off your concerns about a sore tooth or bleeding gums without performing a thorough examination, they could be overlooking a potentially serious problem.
If the issue is beyond the scope of their ability and training, and they have to refer you to a specialist, that’s one thing. But if they gloss over your concerns without investigating the matter because they’re too busy, they’re being negligent.
3. Asking for a Second Opinion
It’s not uncommon in the medical profession for a patient to ask for a second opinion before undergoing treatment. Yet, in the world of dentistry, that practice is a little less common.
However, if your dentist recommends a fairly complex (and costly) treatment to correct an issue, they shouldn’t object to you seeking another professional’s perspective. This is particularly important if you’ve gotten a diagnosis that you don’t understand.
Whether you’re visiting us for cosmetic or general dentistry, we provide a comfortable experience with results that will last. Contact us to book an appointment today!
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