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Whether we admit it or not, we value medical health conditions more than our dental ones. We are almost self-proclaimed experts in all medical anomalies or problems we may encounter, but we are clueless about how we can address our dental issues. That is why finding the best dentist to address your dental problems is a challenge on its own. Let’s find out the two types of dentists and how to differentiate them from each other.


Types of dentists: The “best practice” dentist


This type of dentist puts the general welfare of the patient on top of his priorities. He wants and does what’s best for his patients. When he faces a problematic dental issue, he lays all his cards on the table, educates and informs his patient of the dental procedure solutions that they can choose from, their individual risks, and his professional choice and why he preferred this procedure. This practice gives the patient an overview of the dental situation he is in and how it can be best addressed. This dentist follows the process strictly and accurately to prevent unwanted complications. He charges his patients fairly and may even offer dental payment plans to make their dental experience convenient, affordable, and hassle-free.


Types of dentists: The “best profit” dentist


This is the type of dentist who is more of a businessman than a dental practitioner. He finds ways to charge his patients more than what is supposed to be considerable. He recommends more expensive dental solutions to patients even if a more affordable dental procedure can also solve their dental issue. What is more suspicious about this is that there is no law that prohibits a “best profit” dentist to practice these schemes.



Types of dentists: Why the difference?


Although the Dental Board of Australia’s Code of Conduct emphasises on how one can exercise good practice, it does not indicate how one dentist should handle a specific dental condition. There is no national dental guideline that ensures your dentist treats you with evidence-based practices. No guideline also exists in standardising a dental procedure’s cost. This lack of standardisation just means that for a patient with a toothache, for instance, a dentist can recommend pain relievers, dental fillings, tooth extraction, or root canal therapy as his preferred dental procedure. Note that every procedure will still cost you differently per dentist, but all are accepted by law, and no dental guideline in Australia can recommend any direct dental solution.


Types of dentists: How to find a good dentist?


  • Word of mouth. Referrals from loved ones and friends may be one of the best ways to search for a good and trustworthy dentist.
  • Compare prices. Although the costs do not necessarily relate to a dentist’s expertise, he who charges his patients honestly is worth a try. The national average cost of a dental checkup that involves the consultation, cleaning, and fluoride therapy is $222. Compare this price to his service charge.
  • Visit more than one dentist. For a specific dental problem, consult other dentists and get their professional opinion on how they would address your issue. Get price quotations from other dentists as well and do not let them pressure you into performing a specific dental procedure.
  • Inspect their clinical practice. Is the clinic clean? Are the dental instruments sterilised and kept organised? Are they generous about the dental information you need? Do they communicate clearly and knowledgeably? These questions may help you decide if they are the perfect dentist for you.

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