4 Warning Signs it’s Time to Find a New Elgin Dentist

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Have you ever found yourself leaving an appointment wondering if it’s time to find a new Elgin dentist? Sometimes the signs it’s time to move on are glaringly obvious, but other times the cues are a bit more subtle and can leave you unsure if you’re making a mountain out of a molehill or if you can really do better. If the decision is weighing on you, here’s a few things to look for.

1. Your Dentist Doesn’t Listen to You

Bedside manner, or rather chairside manner, is a huge indicator as to whether the two of you are on the same page or not. No matter the circumstances, you should feel like your concerns are being heard and addressed. It’s the doctor’s job to listen to you, explain what’s going on, and let you know what your options are. If you’re leaving feeling rushed or with unanswered questions, it might be time to move on.

2. You Feel “Boxed In” to a Solution

No matter what you’re coping with, there is a myriad of possible solutions. In some cases, there will be a solution that’s more ideal. This is the case with missing tooth replacements. Chances are, any office you see will recommend a dental implant, provided you’re a candidate for one. This is because they mimic the natural tooth better and are a lasting solution. That said, you may not want to go with a dental implant due to finances, the time involved, or for other reasons. Your doctor should lay out why an implant is best, but also let you know about other choices, such as bridges and partial dentures, so you can make the choice that’s right for you. If you’re feeling like you only have one option, it’s wise to get a second opinion elsewhere.

3. You Leave Feeling Hopeless

True, sometimes receiving an extensive treatment plan can be tough to swallow. If you haven’t been receiving routine care for years, problems can build up to the point where they can’t all be fixed right away. Equally, sometimes a surprise incident occurs and we’re unprepared to manage it. It’s normal to have an emotional response to these sorts of things, particularly if you’re prone to dental anxiety. That said, a really great Elgin dental team will help you map out a manageable plan. They’ll break down all the work needed, help you maximize your insurance benefits, and work with you to create a treatment schedule that you feel confident about. You should leave with a feeling of hope- that even if you’re only correcting one small thing each month- you’re building toward the beautiful smile you deserve, and you should feel good about that.

4. It Doesn’t Feel Like the Office Cares

Everything from the length of time you have to wait for an appointment through how you’re greeted when you walk in helps shape your relationship with the care team. You should feel the same warmth and concern from each employee, whether it’s the person handling your insurance claims, the person cleaning your teeth, or the assistant helping the doctor during your procedure.

Need to Find a New Elgin Dentist?

Sirin Dentistry provides compassionate care. The front office staff works with you to set up treatment around your needs and preferences while the back office team is here to ensure you stay comfortable during treatment and are confident about your smile. To book your first appointment, call (877) 814-0977 or request an appointment online.

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