Did you know that only half of Americans see a dentist on a yearly basis? The American Dental Association reports that the number one reason people don’t see a dentist is because they don’t have one and they don’t know how to choose a dentist. Here are nine questions that’ll help you choose the right dentist.
- How long has the dentist been practicing?
While every dentist has to start somewhere, at some time, you should look for a seasoned dentist that has experience. You should look for a dentist that has been practicing dentistry for at least 15 years.
- Is the dentist up to date with the latest in the constantly changing dental field?
While the State of Texas requires all dentists take a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education to keep their license to practice, you should look for a dentist who makes a even bigger commitment. A true professional will want to be up on the latest advancements regularly to provide the best care to his patients. Dr. Tejas regularly takes 150-180 hours of continuing education on a yearly basis. It is necessary to keep abreast of the ever-changing advances in the dental field.
- Does the dentist use bio-compatible dental materials?
Make sure your dentist uses non-mercury fillings to avoid the highly controversial issue of mercury toxicity. Additionally, your dentist should look for bio-compatible dental materials. Dr. Tejas utilizes special laboratory studies to help select the best possible dental materials to assure compatibility with your individual immune system.
- Does the dentist use state of the art dental equipment and modern dental products?
Make sure your dentist is up on the latest advancements in the dental field. New equipment and new materials are being developed continually. In the ever-advancing dental industry if you are not moving forward, you are moving backward. Dr. Tejas is constantly updating his equipment and seeking better and improved dental materials in order to provide the best possible dentistry to his patients.
- Does the dentist take a personal approach with each patient?
Make sure you will see the same dentist for all your Dental needs. A dental office with multiple dentists may not guarantee that you will see the same dentist every time. Dr. Tejas operates a solo dental practice to ensure proper and continuous treatment to all of his patients on a one-on-one basis.
- Does the dentist provide comprehensive dental services?
The dentist you choose should be able to provide you and your family with total dental health services. Make sure they don’t have to refer routine procedures like root canals and wisdom teeth extraction to other professionals. Dr. Tejas provides a full, comprehensive array of services to his patients, from dental implants to root canals to dentures and bridges to Cosmetic and Orthodontic services. With very rare exceptions, he will provide all of your dental needs.
- Does the dentist offer a warranty on their work?
Make sure your dentist provides a written warranty on all restorative and cosmetic procedures they perform. A true professional that has confidence in what he is doing should have no problem offering an extended warranty on his work. Dr. Tejas offers a “no questions asked” five-year graduated warranty on work performed to all of his active patients. What better way to create trust and confidence in his active patients!
- Does the dentist offer pain management options?
Make sure the Dentist you choose for you and your family has comprehensive pain management options. Dr. Tejas uses many different anesthetics for his patient’s maximum comfort. Due to his vast knowledge of the human anatomy, he can offer the best anesthetic for each individual patient from a topical anesthetic to laughing gas and everything in between.
- Does the dentist take an active role in the dental profession?
Make sure your Dentist is a true professional with the credentials to prove it. Your Dentist should be dedicated to his profession. Dr. is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, less than 2% of all dentists are MAGD certified. In addition, Dr. is affiliated with the following professional societies:
- Academy of General Dentistry Board Member
- Academy of General Dentistry
- Temporomandibulo-Cranial Dental Group
- The Osteopathic Cranial Academy
- Holistic Dental Society
- American Academy of Gnathologic Orthopedics
- International Dental Health Foundation