Dear Dr. Ellie,
First may I wish you and yours a very Happy New Year health, peace and prosperity to all.
Now, I find myself in the position of needing to find a dentist; I managed to chip my two front teeth in an accident. Bother.
I’m not really sure where to begin. I am in Miami, FL perhaps you could offer recommendations? Or if that isn’t possible, would you please steer me in the right direction i.e., what questions should I ask, what should I be on the lookout for in order to find an excellent practitioner? I’m self-pay and want to get it right.
Thank you for your message and good wishes.
I am delighted to hear that my system is working well for you and your husband.
Choosing a dentist is such a hard decision. In my book I suggest you ask friends for suggestions but make sure to ask what kind of treatment they had. If they have glowing reports that describe a laundry list of crowns, fillings cleanings and such I would be leery!
What a good dentist really should provide is 1) education about prevention (how to stop ongoing problems) 2) a single (one time) treatment plan to fix all the problems. 3) From then on it should be year after year of oral health with minimal or no more treatments required.
THAT is good dentistry!
If you contact an office I would ask four questions These questions should give you an idea if they are up to date, concerned about quality and using good ingredients and good technicians for their work.
1.) Do you recommend xylitol?( A resounding yes makes them more likely to be “cutting edge”)
2.) Do you do Cerac fillings? ( another good sign if they do since these are good white fillings).
3.) Are you aware of the dangers of BPA in white fillings and sealants? ( The answer yes should give you the feeling that high quality materials are important to them)
4.) What laboratory makes your crowns? ( The answer could be in their own, somewhere in China etc.etc. I think this gives you some idea of their standard of care if you can get a good answer that makes you feel comfortable.)
Hope this helps let me know if I can answer anything else for you,
Ellie Phillips DDS
26 Corporate Woods
Rochester, NY 14623