Finding the right dentist is important. Not only is the choice vital for the health of your teeth and gums, but by choosing the right dentist, you also may increase your level of comfort, increase the degree of care you receive, and decrease your risk of malpractice. If you’re searching for a dentist in New York, here are some tips for how to find a good dentist.
Ask Friends and Family for Recommendations
One of the best ways to find a dentist or other healthcare professional who’s qualified and preferred by patients is to speak with family, neighbors, friends, and coworkers about who they recommend.
If your friends and family members feel comfortable with a particular dentist, you might too. But still practice due diligence. While this can be a good way to find names of dentists, consider our tips for how to choose a dentist who’s right for you.
Find a Dentist Online
You can also search for a dentist online to find dentists’ names, but you can also use the Internet to look up the qualifications of a dentist your friends recommended to you.
At HeatlhGrades.com, you can do the following.
- Search for dentists in New York
- Review their ratings (dentists receive up to a five star rating on HealthGrades.com)
- Read comments from other patients
- Learn about different dentists’ sanctions
- Find out about malpractice suits
- Read about board actions
- Determine their level of education and training
- See if they speak more than one language
Request a Free Consultation
A consultation can be a good step in finding a dentist who is a good fit. While not all dentists will offer a free consultation for their patients, some will.
A free consultation allows you to do many things.
- Get an idea of the services you’ll need to address your dental problem or condition
- Determine the standard of care at this particular office
- Find out the cost of services
- Get a general idea of whether or not you like the dentist
Request a free consultation from a dentist located within your area, who has high rating online and few-to-no cases of dental malpractice, and who has good recommendations. You can also perform a phone interview of the dentist before scheduling, where you ask important questions regarding services, education, and training.
When Dental Care Goes Wrong, Contact an Attorney at Gacovino & Lake
Unfortunately, some dentists don’t provide the highest standard of care, and sometimes, dental care goes horribly wrong as a result of a dentist’s negligent actions. If you are the victim of dental malpractice in New York, then you have the right to file a dental malpractice claim for damages. In New York, you have 2.5 years to file a claim from the date of malpractice.
Filing a dental malpractice claim can be confusing – to help you throughout the process, contact the attorneys at Gacovino, Lake & Associates, P.C. We’ll help you collect the right evidence, organize your case, and then file your claim or lawsuit to recover damages for medical bills, lost wages, or other damages. Call us today at 800-550-0000 or simply fill out our online contact form to set up your free consultation.