The Dentistry You Deserve
When it comes to the health and appearance of your smile, you deserve the very best dental care available, the care delivered by a Top Dentist.
But when it comes to choosing a Top Dentist, what should you look for? Dr. Richard Whalen of Dental Design Studio has some tips for choosing the care that’s right for you.
How Do You Pick a Top Dentist?
Do your homework! Is there a certain treatment or procedure you’re interested in? Cosmetic dentistry? Dental implants? Search the Internet for dentists in your area that offer those services. Ask friends and family members who their dentists are. Visit websites or call their offices and talk with the office manager. Ask questions. If you seem to get the information you’re looking for, ask to have a consultation with the dentist before you make an appointment.
A Top Dentist will offer a range of services that may include cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, implant dentistry, restorative dentistry, orthodontics, prosthodontics and more. These dentists will give you more options for your smile without the hassle of running from one specialist to another. Additionally, the general and family dental care they offer will be advanced. Top Dentists will have state-of-the-art technology including lasers, digital X-rays and intra-oral cameras for earliest possible diagnosis. They will offer biocompatible materials to restore teeth, including metal-free dentistry, composite resins and porcelain inlays and onlays. Even the cleanings and hygiene treatments will be progressive, addressing periodontal disease and its treatment.
A picture’s worth a thousand words. Any Top Dentist will have before and after photos of his or her actual patients. These photos may be posted on the website or in an album in the office. The photos will show the state of the patient’s dentition before treatment, and highlight the enhanced smile following treatment.
A Top Dentist will not only hold a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) or a Doctor of Medical Dentistry degree (DMD), but will also have advanced training from post-graduate educational centers. Advanced training is critical: Any dentist can call himself or herself a cosmetic dentist right out of dental school, with no cosmetic experience at all. Dentists are required to do a certain amount of continuing education a year; ask your potential dentist about the hours he or she has taken. Also ask the dentist about his or her memberships in professional organizations.
Today’s dentistry broadens its reach beyond oral health to overall health. A Top Dentist will also offer services that focus on improving your health, including sleep apnea treatment, TMJ care, periodontal care and more.
Proud to Be a Top Dentist
A Top Dentist, Dr. Richard Whalen is a graduate of SUNY at Stony Brook School of Dental Medicine. At his practice, Dental Design Studio, he offers the advanced technology, training, clinical expertise and services you demand for excellent care. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children, Zoe and Luke.