Indianapolis Dentists

Speciality: Dentist

Craig Arive, DDS - Devonshire Indianapolis Dentist, Rucker Road, Indianapolis, IN, USA

(317) 751-9746

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Dr. Craig Arive is a Lawrence North High School alum and a 1992 graduate of Herron School of Art and Design at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. As a graphic designer, he was Art Director of Indianapolis Monthly magazine and earned the William White award... More
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How to Choose a Indianapolis Dentist

  1. Determine Your Needs: Consider your specific dental needs. Are you looking for a general dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings, or do you need specialized care such as orthodontics, cosmetic dentistry, or oral surgery?
  2. Research: Start by researching dentists in your area. You can use online search engines, healthcare directories, or ask for recommendations from family, friends, or your primary care physician.
  3. Check Qualifications: Look for dentists who are properly licensed and have the necessary qualifications. You can usually find this information on their practice’s website or by contacting your state’s dental board.
  4. Read Reviews: Read online reviews from other patients. This can give you insights into the dentist’s bedside manner, quality of care, and overall patient experience.
  5. Convenience of Location and Hours: Choose a dentist with a location that is convenient for you, especially if you need to visit regularly. Also, consider their office hours to ensure they align with your schedule.
  6. Meet for Consultation: Many dentists offer initial consultations. Take advantage of this opportunity to meet the dentist, discuss your needs, and get a sense of their approach and personality. This can help you determine if you feel comfortable with them.
  7. Ask About Services: Inquire about the range of services the dentist offers. If you have specific needs or are interested in cosmetic procedures, make sure the dentist is experienced in those areas.
  8. Ask About Insurance and Payment Options: If you have dental insurance, confirm that the dentist accepts your plan. Inquire about their payment policies, available payment options, and whether they offer financing for more extensive procedures.
  9. Cleanliness and Technology: Visit the dentist’s office in person if possible. Check if the office is clean, organized, and uses modern dental technology. A well-maintained office can be an indicator of the dentist’s commitment to patient care.
  10. Comfort and Communication: Choose a dentist with whom you feel comfortable and can communicate effectively. A dentist who listens to your concerns and explains procedures clearly can make your dental visits more pleasant.
  11. Emergency Care: Inquire about the dentist’s policies for handling dental emergencies. It’s important to know how they handle urgent situations outside of regular office hours.
  12. Cost Considerations: While cost shouldn’t be the only factor, it’s still important to understand the costs of services, especially if you’re paying out of pocket. Request an estimate for common procedures you might need.
  13. Trust Your Instincts: After doing your research and meeting with a dentist, trust your instincts. Choose a dentist who not only meets your practical criteria but also gives you confidence in their ability to care for your oral health.