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TROY DENTAL CARE Dr. Mary Berk-Mooney

Mary Berk-Mooney, D.D.S.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Family Dentist

Dentistry is an investment in the future of your family's smiles. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision on dental work. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Look for a practice that specializes in general and/or family dentistry.

    Unless you have special dental care needs, a general or family dentist will be able to monitor your overall oral health and hygiene. Should you later require the services of a dental specialist, your dentist will be able to refer you to a qualified specialist.

  2. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Make sure the dentist examines your whole mouth and inquires about your total health. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  3. The dentist should care about your total health.

    Though you're seeking dental treatment, you want a dentist who will pay attention to your overall health. Sedation dentistry is not the right choice for everyone. If you have any medical conditions or are taking medications, your dentist will need to know that prior to treatment.

  4. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for you with sedation dentistry. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

  5. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  6. Investigate the doctor's training.

    Most dental schools offer limited sedation training. Check that your dentist completed post-graduate training in sedation dentistry. Some types of sedation (for example, IV sedation or pediatric sedation) require advanced training and certification. In addition, the best sedation dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date.

  7. Nothing compares to experience.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. Ideally, your dentist will have lots of experience with dentistry in general and with cases like yours specifically.

  8. Don't prioritize form over function.

    The desire for cosmetic dentistry is what brings a lot of people into the dentist's office. Yes, your dental work should look great, but it's even more important that it function properly. Uncomfortable dental work is not an acceptable option. In addition, you want materials that will last for years to come.

  9. Discuss financing options.

    Major dental work can cost thousands of dollars, and insurance rarely covers all of it. You need to make sure you and your dentist have a workable plan to pay for your dental work.

  10. Technology is cool, but it's not the only thing.

    A dentist with high-tech modern equipment is more likely to be up-to-date on modern techniques. At the same time, however, don't let yourself be dazzled by a dentist's fancy tools; what really matters is if the dentist knows how to use them properly.

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"We know that selecting a family dentist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

101 West College Street, Suite 3

Troy, Missouri 63379

Appt Tel: (636) 528-8911

www.troydentalcare.com

Directions

Troy Dental Care is located in the Berk Building at the NW corner of Main and College, across from the Lincoln County Courthouse. The office is on the upper floor (College Street level). Parking available in back behind building. Handicap parking is available in driveway (marked and signed) on West side of building.