1. Is the practice owned and operated by the dentist you are choosing or does the dentist work for a corporation?
Dentistry, like many professions has changed dramatically in recent years.
Large private equity firms have recently been buying up dental practices and changing the way dentists practice. Like many industries, profit has become the driving force behind every decision that is made. Large practices run by corporations have many strategies to increase their profits, unfortunately, the quality of patient care often suffers when bankers and businessmen are seeking to increase profits. Their strategy is often to pay their dentists based on “production” with little, if any oversite.
When a dentist without ownership in the business is expected to meet financial goals by that business, the results are not always favorable for that patient.
When a dentist is the owner of the practice, he has a vested interest in his reputation and likely will perform accordingly. Choose your dental office carefully.
Dr. Simon has been the owner/practitioner of Advanced Dental Arts for over twenty years.
2. Does the office promote state of the art solutions for gum problems?
Advances in evaluating and understanding periodontal disease (infection in the gum tissue) in recent years are significant. The dental and medical community have done extensive research into the correlation between chronic gum disease and multiple health issues. Links to heart disease, decreased birth weights in newborns, Alzheimer’s disease and certain cancers have been established. In our practice we have partnered with a board-certified periodontist (gum specialist) that uses a minimally invasive LANAP procedure to painlessly treat gum disease. In combination with constant monitoring, we have been able to control and often reverse periodontitis. Without addressing gum disease, it is impossible to effectively restore patients dental health.
3. How many patients does the doctor see at one time?
In most practices these days the dentist sees multiple patients at the same time. Typically, patients are scheduled so there is overlap between the appointments and if everything goes smoothly, generally the patient will not be inconvenienced. Unfortunately, if a procedure runs a bit longer due to complications or if a patient has a lot of questions for the doctor, the schedule will get delayed for all the other patients that need to be seen after that appointment. Due to the difficulties associated with that practice model some patients may feel that their time is less valuable than the dentist’s and his staff.
At Advanced Dental Arts we have chosen a different, more accommodating and patient driven model. By keeping our practice smaller and scheduling more time we can provide more personalized care.
Dr. Simon started his career working in multiple practices prior to establishing his practice in 1993 and realized that the traditional large practice model did not suit his personality.
In order to provide the quality of dentistry that Dr. Simon expects for his patients, he created a model that allows him to spend the time needed to develop personalized treatment goals while getting to establish relationships that often last years and decades.
4. Does your dentist spend time getting to know you and what is important to you?
Many dental practices today are focused on seeing as many patients as possible and doing as many procedures as they can in the time scheduled.
Unfortunately, they miss the most important component in the dentist/patient relationship. Spending the time to get to know more about you. Does your dentist ask about what your priorities are and where you are in life? Are you retired? Are you in school? Are you interested in having a nicer smile? All too often the dentist is prescribing treatment that they deem necessary without exploring possible options or asking the patient what is important to them at their point in life.
At Advanced Dental Arts Dr. Simon prides himself in addressing his patient’s priorities first and foremost, at the same time educating his patients so they can make the best informed decisions for their overall dental health.