A good dentist will have a solid reputation in their community. Ask family, friends and coworkers about the dentists they see and research their suggestions yourself – online reviews are a great way to see what people think of the dentist you're thinking about visiting.
You may also contact your local or provincial dental society for a list of practicing dentists in your area.
Personal Rapport & Comfort Level
Your relationship with your dentist is an important one, so one of the most essential things to consider is whether you’ll feel comfortable with this person. During your initial consultation or appointment with a new dentist, consider the following:
Do they take the time to listen to you as you explain symptoms and ask questions? Do you have fears or anxieties you’d be comfortable expressing, and do they effectively answer your questions about procedures you’ll need? Does the dentist seem to hear and understand your concerns?
Specialties, Services & Emergency Care
Advances in dental technology have allowed many dentists to offer a wide range of services. When considering a new dentist, consider the types of services you may need to access. Does your dentist offer cosmetic dental care? How about emergency care?
If you or a family member has a specific oral health issue, it may be useful to choose a dentist who specializes in that area.
Location & Office Hours
Is your new dentist close to home or work? How about public transit? If you drive, is parking convenient? Are their hours convenient for you?
For patients with disabilities, it’s important to make sure that your dental office can accommodate them. From physical accessibility to support for anxious patients, this is an important aspect of comprehensive dental care.
Costs & Money Matters
Costs often vary by practice. Does your dentist follow the current Dental Association Fee Guide for your province? Do they offer direct billing to your insurance company?
Are there multiple payment options (personal checks, credit cards, interest-free payment plans)?
Your health is important, but the cost can also impact the care you're able to receive. Don’t hesitate to ask for an estimate for any procedures. Our administrative team is always here to address any questions or concerns.
How does the office manage appointment scheduling, reminders, cancellations and other issues?
Is the dental office clean and orderly? Are the receptionists/administrative team welcoming?
Can you visit before making your first appointment to help you make a final decision? We are happy to have patients visit Kennedy East Dental at a pre-scheduled time so you can get to know our office. We are proud of our friendly team and clean, organized environment. We look forward to answering any questions you may have.
The Dentist’s Approach to Care
When it comes to choosing a dentist, it’s also important to confirm that your new dentist has the same values you do. Talk to the dentist to learn about their approach to their dentist-patient relationships, and whether you two would be a good match.
Welcoming new patients in Hamilton
Our dentists and team are always happy to welcome new patients to our office. If you are looking for a new dentist in Hamilton, we hope you’ll consider us!