What makes a successful dental clinic

Good dentist: You can recognize quality by these characteristics

A good dentist can usually not be recognized by the patient at first glance. But which characteristics speak for a good dentist and which characteristics can you look out for in the future in order to find a suitable dentist? We would like to help you with this and give you valuable tips on what to consider when choosing a doctor. The checklist summarizes the most important points for you.

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5 tips: how do you recognize a good dentist?

Tip 1: A personal recommendation

If you are looking for a good dentist, personal recommendations from friends or online portals can help.

However, caution is advised when evaluating online: Patients who have had negative experiences give a rating more often than those who are satisfied. In some cases, however, positive comments are also falsified in order to consciously generate a good rating. So it is better to rely on the opinion of acquaintances or friends who would like to go to this dentist themselves.

Tip 2: At the first anamnesis

The anamnesis lays an important foundation at the first appointment:Using an anamnesis sheet, you will be asked about your underlying illnesses and medication. Your dentist should know about these and talk to you about them. This information is important for him to adapt his treatment and to know about possible interactions.

Tip 3: on impeccable hygiene

You can get an initial impression of the cleanliness of the practice in the waiting room. If there is a thick layer of dust here, one can assume that hygiene is not taken too seriously in the other rooms as well.

The dentist and his team should also wear appropriate work clothing. The clothes have to look clean.The dentist should wear gloves and a face mask when working and these change as soon as he leaves the room or comes into contact with something unclean.

Tip 4: Adequate treatment time

A good dentist takes a lot of time during the check-up. He shows patience and will respond to your worries and needs. If the patient is afraid, a lot of empathy and a calm charisma are important.

He will then explain the findings to you in detail and give you any suggestions for improving your oral hygiene at home. If he recognizes the need for treatment, he should inform you about it in understandable language. You need to understand where the cause is and what it is.

The dentist will explain to you about various therapy options and the respective advantages and disadvantages. The final decision is then ultimately yours.

Tip 5: on the provision

A good dentist always tries to prevent illness. He should therefore inform you about deficiencies at an early stage and give suggestions for improvement. Existing defects should be treated quickly to avoid worse.

Also should the dental practice offer professional teeth cleaning. Here, tartar, discoloration and plaque are removed, even in places that are inaccessible to you. In turn, it serves to prevent tooth and gum disease.

Tip 6: In education about costs

If costs are incurred during treatment,you must be informed beforehand about how high these will be. Often there is a free option that the dentist must explain to you.

With dentures, however, you have to reckon with costs, whereby the so-called standard care must be offered: this is the cheapest alternative. Basically, the prices should be transparent and understandable.

Tip 7: (Not) on modern technology

More important than impressive equipment in the practice is the competence and experience of the dentist.Modern high-tech devices do not guarantee successful treatment, which is why you shouldn't make your choice of dentist dependent on it.

Tip 8: At the follow-up check

After the treatment, a good dentist will continue to look after you.A follow-up appointment is recommended for complex therapiesto double-check the success.

If you are not yet satisfied with the result, a good dentist will treat you free of charge and find a solution for you. Patients who come for regular follow-ups usually have better oral health.


Checklist: do I have a good dentist?

recommendationDo you have a trustworthy recommendation from other patients?
anamneseHave you completed an anamnesis questionnaire?
hygieneAre the rooms clean?
Does the practitioner wear gloves and a face mask?
The treatmentDoes the dentist take enough time?
Does he inform you about the findings and treatment options?
Is the dentist patient and empathetic?
Cost clarificationAre you informed about the costs incurred?
Are the prices reasonable?
preventionDoes the dental practice offer prophylaxis?
Follow-up checkWill you be offered an appointment to check the result?

Good dentist: if in doubt, get a second opinion

Are you unsure whether your dentist is trustworthy and bills fairly? In case of doubt, there is always the possibility of obtaining a second opinion from another dentist free of charge.

Option 1: Obtain a second opinion from another practice (e.g. through the specialist search of the health insurance companies)

Option 2: A second opinion from a patient advice center (to be found on the homepage of the German Dental Association)

Option 3: Calculate your fair treatment costs online with the help of the dentolo cost check and arrange a non-binding consultation with a dentologist

Our dentists are located all over Germany and are all quality-tested. Simply calculate your treatment costs free of charge and then look for a suitable dentist in your area.

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