When choosing a new dentist, patients often wonder what the big deal is. After all, all licensed, practicing dentists graduated from an accredited dental school with four years under their belt, so they’re pretty much the same, right? Well, no, not at all! Skills can vary, as well as the level of their class ranking; they may not be first in their class or the best at what they do. In fact, having a dental license only means they’re allowed to practice, it doesn’t reflect how good they are or how good the school is!
Some doctors continue their studies in specific specialties before beginning their private practice and are considered specialists. Areas can vary from dental public health, endodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics and prosthodontics, or orthodontics, dental facial orthopedics, or oral maxillofacial pathology/radiology/or surgery are also specialties. Depending on your oral health needs, you may prefer a dentist proficient in one of these specialties. Check out Dr. Powell’s professional credentials on this page.
Whether you’re looking for a new dentist because you’ve recently moved, you have different needs than you did before, or your old dentist is retiring, you want to find the best fit for you and your family. Your dentist’s skills are a vital part of good ongoing oral care as well as potentially your overall health. It’s not uncommon for a good dentist to spot oral cancer, diabetes or heart disease even before you or your doctor does through routine dental exams.
So how do you find a good dentist? One tried and true method is word of mouth, so if you can get some good recommendations from family, friends, and co-workers you trust, you’re off to a good start. Be careful of online reviews, because they aren’t always truthful. Some people are difficult to please and leave negative reviews like cookie crumbs while some positive reviews can be used to bury authentic bad reviews. To make an assessment from online reviews, take all of them into consideration for an overall feel for the dentist and the practice, and use these as part of your evaluation, not the only factor.
Once you’ve narrowed down your options, visiting the staff is a great way to determine if this office is good for your needs. Notice their equipment, how well they are staffed, the staff’s level of care and treatment by the dentist, do they offer patient care that prioritizes your comfort and listens to your concerns, and does the dentist have additional education under the belt?
Cost is also a factor, so finding out if they accept your insurance, are their fees reasonable, and do they offer financing options are all things to consider as well. Be wary of dentists who thrive on discounts, because this may indicate they have high prices, poor customer service, and possibly lower quality dental care. It’s a good idea to compare prices from several different dentists to determine fair pricing and the quality of the service.
When it comes to our exceptional dentist, James D. Powell, DDS, he exemplifies his childhood dream of becoming a dentist making a difference by studying biology as an undergrad as well as science and business and graduating from Loma Linda University School of Dentistry with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. He has more than 30 years of valuable experience in his field with 10,000 hours of advanced education. He is considered a local expert in physiological dentistry, alternative sleep apnea treatments, as well as the mouth-body connection. He also engages in a monthly study club with other local health professionals to promote patient care. He’s also worked with Dr. Bruce Crispin (who was the director of UCLA’s Cosmetic Dentistry Center) and is a Fellow of the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies.
At Exceptional Family Dentistry in Palmdale, CA, our mission has always made our patient’s comfort and care our priority. Providing the best customer service in a relaxing environment, our goal is to give you the highest quality dental care supported by the latest technological and educational resources!
Finding a good dentist is so important to your oral health as well as your overall health, so care should be taken to find a good dentist just as you would a good doctor. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule a visit online!