When you’re searching for a dentist near you, the American Dental Association (ADA) offers these suggestions:
Ask for referrals from friends, family, or your doctor. This is a great way to get firsthand opinions on dentists in your area. If you’re moving, ask your current dentist to make a recommendation.
Search online directories. The American Dental Association (ADA) has a Find-a-Dentist tool that allows you to search for dentists by location, specialty, and insurance. You can also search for dentists on websites like Yelp, Google Maps, and Healthgrades.
Contact your local dental society. Your local dental society can provide you with a list of dentists in your area who are members of the ADA. Your local and state dental societies also may be listed in the telephone directory under “dentists” or “associations.”
Read patient reviews. Once you have a few dentists in mind, be sure to read patient reviews online. This can give you a good sense of what other patients have experienced with the dentist.
Schedule a consultation. Once you have narrowed down your choices, schedule a consultation with each dentist. This will give you a chance to meet the dentist in person and ask any questions you have.