Your neighborhood likely has a significant collection of qualified, well-respected dentists. Like most major centers, one can discover dentists in pretty much every corner of the community who can diagnose and treat a wide collection of dental problems.
Many of these dentists will also perform other advanced procedures including surgery. Also, there are many specialty Norwest dental care practices including periodontists, orthodontists, radiologists, endodontists, prosthodontists, and oral maxillofacial surgeons.
A great way to begin is by asking people who you know and trust to refer you, such as friends, business associates, a family physician, or other parents at your son's or daughter's school, for example. Sometimes though, this may not be an option – so what do you then?
You will be able to find many (but likely not all) dentists on the internet. Many will have their own website which will give you a first impression of what they offer and what you might expect. But before you explore too much on the internet, you need to be clear on a number of factors:
1. Is there a specific concern that you need a solution for? When you're looking to find a dentist in your community, you'll want to make sure that he or she is knowledgeable and experienced in your area of concern. For example, if you have a toothache, then a dentist who specialized in orthodontics is not the one you'll need.
2. Because they are practicing as a dentist, it is safe to assume in Canada that they have met the professional standards necessary to practice. However, make sure that they are continually upgrading their skills and education through continuing education. Like most fields, dentistry is always changing and it is important to stay on top of your area of expertise.
3. Is the dentist seen as a leader in their professional community locally and nationally?
4. Get a sense of whether the dentist continues to upgrade their dental office's technology. While you likely won't be able to discern whether the equipment is cutting edge or not, you will be able to judge whether the technology is reasonably current or quite dated.
While you can make the first cut to find dentists on the internet, most of the answers to the above questions will only result from an initial consultation with the dentist. Set up an appointment to meet with the dentist to get a sense of who they and their staff are, how professionally they operate their practice, and how comfortable you feel there. Armed with this information, you'll be well-positioned to find dentists who meet your needs.