How to find a good periodontist?
The best way to find a good periodontist is to start with the reviews online. You can check RateMDs and Google. You can enter keywords or phrases like “Best Periodontist Toronto”, “Best Dental implant surgeon Toronto”. This will at least give you a good start.
Once you’ve narrowed down your search, you can look up the websites of those on your shortlist. Your search should consist of looking for important aspects about the doctor such as:
- Schools attended
- Years of experience
Also see if you can identify an area of the specialty field that the doctor seems to focus on. For example, someone could have a YouTube channel with surgeries related to dental implants and bone regeneration. Others might seem more focused on gum grafts and gum procedures.
A good periodontist is easy to reach online and you should get a reply within 24 hours of initial contact. This simply demonstrates that their office is on top of things and responsive to your needs. Imagine if you have treatment with a periodontist and you have an emergency. You need someone who will return your calls immediately.
Once you go for your initial consultation, you should look around the office, see how much attention and care is given to cleanliness and professional decorum. The devil is usually in the detail. A specialist with an old and antiquated waiting room and unfriendly staff likely reflects his or her values.
- Also don’t be afraid to ask questions such as: how many years of experience do you have?
- How many dental implants have you done?
- Have you ever published articles in peer-reviewed journals?
- Are you Canadian and US Board certified?
- Have you ever lectured and taught at dental colleges?
- What if I have an emergency at 3am on a Sunday….will you come and see me ASAP?
These questions probe a doctor’s engagement with their profession as well as with his/her patients. You want a specialist who is approachable, affable, and accessible! Always trust your gut instinct. If you feel you are being pressured to accept one treatment over another, run! The choice is always up to you to decide on the final treatment. The doctor is only there to present you with all the viable treatment options and perhaps go as far as to tell you which is the BEST option and WHY. That is as far as it should go. Don’t be afraid to ask many questions. After you’ve researched their website, write down all your questions so that you don’t forget the you are there for your consultation. It’s your money and time so get the most out of it.
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