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How To Find The Best Dentist Or Dental Clinic Near You

Who is the best dentist or dental clinic near me? “I am the best dentist in Burlington!” This statement would be challenged by all dentists because they probably do feel that there is no best dentist around if it is not them. A lot of patients would, however, ask that same question whenever they are looking for a dentist. Besides getting advice from their friends or relatives, they tend to turn to Google…

When you type “Best Dentist Near Me”, lo and behold! Google will bombard you with pages of dental websites and names, but how does Google know? Has Google seen that dentist or been at that dental clinic near me? Has Google ever sat in that dental chair in the pictures and been their patient? Likely not! So why do we trust Google?

The fact is that Google isn’t a person. It is merely a company which uses algorithms to decide who is the best dentist near you. That algorithm can be manipulated one way or the other by the owners of the operations or a third party hired by the owners and it may not reflect the reality. So who is truly the best dentist? Is it decided through an all over dental spar? A battle to the death for the title of best dentist?

As a matter of fact, there is no spar or battle. Our governing body, The Oral College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario, clearly states that one cannot claim that one is the best dentist, dental office or clinic. There may be relatively good or bad dentists, based on the standards set by peers and other health and safety organizations, near you but there is NO best dentist. No one can claim that level of Godness unless one is truly God himself. It makes a lot of sense since the dentist who can place the best implants in all situations and conditions in the whole world may not be able to place the best composite fillings and ceramic crowns in all situations among peers. Even if he or she is the best clinically, he or she may have lousy chairside manner with no empathy or understanding of the patient’s needs and overall wellness. Equally, the most empathic dentist may not have the knowledge and skills to provide the treatment you need.

Okay, so there is no best dentist – at least not necessarily the ones who come up on the Google page you are looking at. Then who should  I look for? What dentist would be the most compatible for me and my needs? Who is the real tooth fairy? There a million questions that a potential patient can be faced with and may ask while searching for a good dentist to trust. Although I may not be able to answer those questions, I do have a few thoughts on it as a good dentist myself.

There are three factors to consider from a Dental Clinic: clinical, professional and ethical aspects.

The clinical factor should first start with the clinician’s knowledge and skills in making a diagnosis. If there is no diagnosis, then no treatments should be rendered. If a patient comes in with an ache in his lower jaw, the dentist should first find out the cause – it may be a tooth but which tooth or teeth, what disease does the tooth have – a crack, a high occlusion, a decay or an abscess etc? If it is not a tooth, then is it the supporting tissues – the gums like gingivitis or the bone like periodontitis? Could it be malignant in nature like sarcoma? Could the source of the pain be from the nerve like Trigeminal nerve neuralgia or neuromuscular joint issues? An accurate diagnosis is always needed to ensure that proper treatment can be applied. There could be a few different treatment options for an identified issue – should we use a filling, an onlay, a crown, root canal therapy or an extraction for the cavity? The rendering of the treatment chosen should be well executed, done for the well-being of the patient and the final results should reach or exceed the expected standards.

The other quality is professional. Does the dentist spend time to listen to your symptoms and understand your needs and conditions? Does he or she explain to you the findings and provide you with the different treatment modalities with pros and cons of each? Are the questions well received and answered? Are the fees provided if asked? Is the treatment provided evidence-based with good research? Are your comfortable with the decisions made? All these questions must be answered with an emphatic ‘yes’ before I, or any other good dentist, starts any treatment.

Ethical attributes are just as important as the other two characteristics in deciding if a dentist is good or not. Obviously, a dentist with high ethical and moral standards would be more honest and conscientious in providing the most appropriate treatments and best options with all circumstances considered.

Being the right dentist for you is an intricate result of a tapestry of many factors, more than just the above mentioned 3 characters. Unfortunately, bias and presumptions also play a strong role in deciding whether a dentist is the best dentist near you. Looks like this will have to become a dental battle after all…

We are a local dental clinic in South Burlington. Contact us today to schedule a dental consultation at Affinity Dental Care in Burlington. Fill out the form below or call us at 289-861-5111

     

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    All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth 

    I recently watched the 1986 video of Melissa Lynn singing “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” on YouTube. Rather than wishing for toys or dolls as a little six-year-old girl, Melissa was longing for her two front teeth back! The disadvantages of two missing front teeth can be overwhelming for a lot of people, and a six-year-old child is no different. When everyone stops to stare, having two missing teeth can be embarrassing!

    If you’ve seen the video, you can only imagine how much Melissa wishes she could only whistle and be able to say the words “Sister Susie sitting on a thistle”. I bet she really wanted to smile and laugh along with her family and friends during the holiday season. Not to mention her inability to eat the delicious chestnuts roasting on the open fire!

    Some adults would rather wish for the latest 65” LED smart TV or an all-inclusive vacation to Cancun for a week despite their missing or crooked teeth. Some people may have dental conditions like dental decay, periodontal (gum) disease, abscesses, and even mobile and worn-down teeth! They place their wellness and oral health below other worldly things. This Christmas, focus on putting YOU, your WELLNESS and your HEALTH at the top of your wishlist!

    While Santa is a bringer of gifts, he isn’t a dentist nor an oral surgeon (as far as I know!), so although we may wish for it, he can’t give us the teeth we want, even if we are on the “nice list”. Even if he brought us the implants, the crowns, veneers, fixed bridges or the removable dentures or plates, Santa doesn’t have the tools and equipment, nor the skill and knowledge to place the implants or the bridges in properly. And you definitely wouldn’t want him to do surgery while you’re asleep in your bed!

    Health should always be our top wish, and dental health is no exception. So why wouldn’t we choose to find a trusted, empathetic and welcoming dental clinic nearby to get the implants we desire, the cosmetic dentistry we long for, or the straight, white Hollywood smile we dream about?

    Exercising and becoming physically fit is a popular new year’s resolution, and seeking professional dental treatment from a qualified dentist or a dental surgeon to gain that health and confidence is no different. My clinic, Affinity Dental Care, in Burlington absolutely adheres to that motto and philosophy. I truly believe a person’s wellness is the epitome of all happiness – it is priceless and should not be ranked below the latest TV or tropical vacation. I would be delighted to provide you with a thorough examination and cleaning, and walk you through the most appropriate treatment plan to meet your needs. Don’t be afraid to call or email us to book an appointment and take that first step towards wellness.

    Melissa would be disappointed to find out that Santa Claus wouldn’t be able to give her the two front teeth that she so desperately wants. Fortunately for her, Santa CAN bring a patient, passionate and caring dentist to help her attain the dental goal she wants. Let me be that dentist. 😊

    We are a local dental clinic in South Burlington. Contact us today to schedule a dental consultation at Affinity Dental Care in Burlington. Fill out the form below or call us at 289-861-5111