Welcome to Dentist Asheville NC. Yes, I realize that it’s an odd name for a website, but there’s a reason for choosing this particular combination of words.
You see, when I first came to Asheville, I needed a dentist. I not only needed a good dental cleaning, but I also had some tooth decay. I wanted an easy to find website so that when you typed in Dentist Asheville NC, you could find information about general dentistry and local dental care. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a site like that so I decided to create my own in the public interest.
I’m actually not a dentist but an impartial consumer who has had some bad and good experiences with oral care. Finding the right Asheville Dentist can be time consuming with all the choices you have, so I hope that the research information from the trials and errors I’ve made and placed here will help you.
Usually, the best place to start your search is with a family or general dentist. A general dentist is licensed to diagnose dental issues and oral conditions, develop treatment plans and provide certain treatments. When necessary, your local general and family dentists may refer you to a more specialized dental practitioner for oral surgery or cosmetic dentistry. Qualified dentists are designated as either DDS (Doctor of Dental Surgery) or DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine).
Whether you are new to the area or have been here for years, one of the best places to begin your search is a referral from friends, family, co-workers and even neighbors. How close the dentist office is to your home, school or work and how soon they have an open appointment can be some of the most important factors. Other factors that you need to find out are the professional dental societies and accredited dental school that the dentist attended, as well as whether he or she is a member of the American Dental Association. A few important factors for me were whether the dentist was a specialist or not, whether he was available for emergency dental procedures after hours or on weekends, whether he was well liked and respected by his peers, and whether he had good reviews from other patients. Also important was how experienced his dental hygienist was with taking dental x-rays, and how knowledgeable she was with recommending the proper toothbrush , floride toothpaste, and flossing techniques to use for general teeth cleaning for prevention of oral cavities and bad breath.
For many, the anxiety of going to the dentist is hard enough. A question you might ask yourself is how friendly is the dentist office staff and how comfortable do they make me feel? How clean is the waiting room and the exam room? Is the dentist taking time to discuss the dental procedures I need and answer my questions? Does the dentist offer sedation dentistry?
Dental visits can be expensive. The best way to save money in the long run is to brush, floss, get regular professional cleanings and checkups and don’t get any dental treatments you don’t need or really want. Make sure you check with the dentist office staff to see if they accept your dental insurance plan or a prepaid dental plan before making an appointment. And, don’t be afraid to ask for cost estimates of the work you’ll be having done so that there will be no surprises.
Over a lifetime, many will need pediatric dentistry, pediatric orthodontics, wisdom teeth extraction, braces, root canal, implant dentistry, oral disease treatment, dentures, and treatment for gum disease. Others may decide to get teeth whitening treatments, veneers, and cosmetic surgery.
Remember, you only have one set of permanent teeth so care, prevention, and treatment are very important!
Hopefully, as this site, Dentist Asheville NC, continues to grow, I will be providing more articles and videos to assist you in getting all of your dental care questions answered and to help you decide your best choice of a dentist in the Asheville area for you and your family. Please tell your friends and family to join us here and we welcome your comments and suggestions.