I’ve been there and I’m sure many of you reading this have been too. You have gone to a specialist or expert based on a referral from another professional and have jumped into the recommended care plan. Let’s ask ourselves how much effort we really put into learning about the people we ‘trust’ to take care of our health, our finances, and our overall well-being? Or maybe the better question is, how much time SHOULD WE be spending?
I would venture to say that too many of us blindly trust experts and specialists because it is easier than doing the research required to make our own informed decisions. Heck, they have an MD or a PhD designation behind their name for a reason, right? Or maybe we just don’t have the time because our health concerns need immediate action.
Let’s challenge that thinking. The experts at Periodontal Associates in Mississauga want to remind you that your health is worth the effort to research periodontists. Are you trusting the right people with your dental care? Are you asking the right questions? Are you taking the time you need to set yourself up for success?
With the Internet, it’s easier than ever to do the work. Simply open up Google and type in “best periodontist in Mississauga,” or “who should I trust to do dental implants in Mississauga,” or “best gum surgery in Mississauga.” Start looking at the responses and the recommendations and you’ll start to see similar names and stories appear.
That’s not where it ends though. Once you settle on your specialist of choice, take the time to interview him / her to determine if this is the right fit for you. In high stress situations, like can be the case with some of the more advanced periodontal procedures, it is critical that you feel comfortable and at ease with your dental team. Beyond ability, you need to be comfortable and trust that you’re in the right hands.
Here are the 4 questions you should be asking your dental professional to help you determine if the specialist and the team is right for you:
- Are you specialized in periodontal care and if so, from where? There are some great dental professionals within Canada and you, no doubt, have your favourite. However, when it comes to dental work that has a bit more of a complication-factor to it, you want to trust those with specific training to address your needs. It’s like going to a bicycle mechanic for your motorcycle. While they may know the steps in theory, their execution or value-add just isn’t what you should want for yourself. All periodontal specialists have completed dental school and have additional years of education and training, focusing specifically on periodontics.
- Do you offer meet & greets? Any medical professional should offer a 15-minute consultation for new patients wanting to meet & talk before committing. Our team welcomes these visits and applauds those who take the time to interview us before they decide that we are the best team for them. We welcome the questions and love talking about our success in periodontal care.
- Do you have before & after stories and photos? An experienced periodontal team should have proof of success to share with you. However, like references, they show the best of their work… take the time needed to research online forums and chat groups to see what patients have to say. Our Periodontal Associates team is confident connecting you with any past patients (with their approval of course).
- What continuing education / learning have you completed recently? Dental advancements are being made each day and with more discussion surrounding topics like sedation dentistry and holistic dentistry, patients want to know that their team is staying up-to-date to provide the most effective and advanced dental care possible. Especially when it comes to those procedures that are more invasive. Anxiety levels are higher and knowing that your specialist is providing you with the most cutting-edge service possible, just feels good.
Take the time to do the research and ask the questions… this is the only mouth you’ll have in your lifetime. Take care of it!
Your comfort matters to us, so we invite you to visit our periodontal practice in Mississauga and speak with our team of experts in periodontal disease. As experts in periodontal treatments, specializing in dental implants, gum recession, crown lengthening, bone and gum grafting, the Chao pinhole surgical technique and more, we’d love to help you address your dental and smile concerns. Call us at 1-800-341-7471 or connect via email at [email protected]. Until then… keep smiling!