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Choosing your dentist in foreign destination can be taxing and worrisome. You need to do a lot of sleuthing to make sure you meet safety, quality and budgetary expectations. With thousands of dentists practicing all over the world, how do you narrow down your research to find the dentist right for you? With that in mind, here is a simple list on how to find a dentist in a dental destination.
1. Know what kind of dentist you need.
Dentists have different specializations just as doctors. Knowing their specializations can help in narrowing our search. According to the American Dental Association (ADA), here is a list of dental specialists recognized by them.
2. Research in medical tourism sites, dental forums and sites of dental clinics.
Spend time to research on these sites. There are details you need to take note of particularly on the credentials and experience of your dentist:
If his specialization is on Prosthodontics, then most probably he/she can perform dental implants, crowns and dental fillings with ease and fewer complications.
3. Ask your family, close friends and peers for dentists (abroad) they can recommend.
More often than not, you end up with the dentist they’ll recommend because you trust their judgment. But, it’s also important to choose the care based on what you think is important. For example, it’s a must for you to have care that is affordable, at the same time safe and high quality.
4. You can always ask your family doctor for a referral of a dentist he/she personally knows.
Dentists and doctors and dentists value referrals from their peers. More often, they give extra care to their referred clients/patients.
5. It helps if you give your (probable) dentist a call or pay him a visit.
This helps you properly assess your dentist more. This will validate the information you gathered from the internet, from dental forums and from recommendations made by your family and friends. This also helps in assessing the professional capability of his staff.
6. Choose a dentist you are comfortable with.
If he/she is obliging especially when you have questions or if he is professionally therapeutic in his care, then he is a good candidate.
7. Choose your dentist according to the criteria set above and other details you consider important.
Choose your dentist according to the criteria above along with other salient details such as:
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