There are a lot of important things to consider when you are looking for a dentist. A dentist who offers certain procedures, has certain technologies, and certain comforts is nice to find, but it doesn’t matter as much as some other things. For example, the education, experience, and talent of a dentist are crucial to finding the right dentist. But, really, all those things just add up to trust.
When you add up all of a dentist’s different characteristics, you have to believe that you trust a dentist to have the knowledge to know what needs to be done, and the talent to carry it out. And this is what makes all the difference in working with a dentist, both during routine visits, and on those rare occasions when a major concern comes up.
How Trust Helps at Every Visit
Trusting your dentist will give you a better experience every time you visit the office. When you trust your dentist, you will come into the office more relaxed. You won’t worry about opening your mouth to be examined. You know the dentist uses only the most professional and controlled of gestures, which will result in a minimum of discomfort. Because you don’t tense up, you’re actually doing your own part to help reduce your discomfort.
Trust also helps you feel comfortable between visits. You know that you can trust your dentist to have found any major problems or concerns. If there was nothing mentioned, then you know that there’s nothing for you to worry about.
How Trust Helps When You Need Major Dental Work
And then there’s the time when trust really matters most: when a dentist tells you what you likely need to get done, and it’s a big procedure that’s expensive, invasive, and may take a significant amount of time. It’s at that moment that trusting your dentist helps the most, because now you may have a lot of concerns about the procedure, but there’s two concerns you won’t have: whether you need the procedure and whether your dentist can perform it.
If you trust your dentist, you don’t have to worry about whether you need the procedure, because you know your dentist wouldn’t recommend it if you didn’t. And you don’t have to worry about whether they can perform it because you know that they have the knowledge and the skills to do it.
Which is not to say you shouldn’t get a second opinion, which you should always do in this situation. But even that is easier if you trust your dentist. You know they’ll be professional about the request and have nothing to hide.