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Dr. Joanne Baldos and Dr. Adam Szymczak : Aug 15, 2018 6:15:00 PM
YES, different dentists are different, it is human nature to be different.
The level of knowledge, skill and dedication to excellence a dentist has makes a big difference in:
If you are looking for the best dentist learn how you can better judge a dentist's knowledge, skill and dedication to excellence.
Do you think all dentists are equal in their knowledge?
Most people mistakenly believe that all dentists are the same in what they know. Without realizing it, most people compare a dentist’s knowledge to their own knowledge and conclude that the dentist in front of them is very knowledgeable. A patient judging a dentist’s knowledge is not helpful in finding the best dentist as all dentists will appear the same.
Only a dentist can effectively judge another dentist’s knowledge. Of course! That is why dental students are taught and tested by dentists! Also, a non-dentist with extensive knowledge and experience in the dental field can tell the difference in the knowledge of different dentists.
The truth is that the passing grade in dental school is 60%. There are dentists that barely pass with a 60% average and there are dentists that graduate at the top of their class with 90%+ averages. That means that upon graduation the best new dentist knows 50% more than the dentist that just passed. Patients do not know enough about dentists and dentistry to be able to tell which dentist is which.
If you are looking for the best dentist look for a dentist that graduated with honours from their dental program. If you find a dentist that graduated at the top of their class ( “gold medalist”), which is extremely rare, hang onto them and never let go!
Do you think all dental schools are created equal?
Google “dental school rankings” and you will find that not all dental schools around the world are created equal. Some dental schools are harder to get into than others, some do a better job training dentists than others. If you are looking for the best dentist look for a dentist that graduated from one of the top 25 dental programs in the world:
If you are looking for the best dentist choose a dentist that has been trained in a first-world country: Canada, the United States, and Western Europe, and then check if the dentist you are considering graduated from one of the top 25 dental schools in the world.
It is mind-boggling that some patients who live in a first-world country go to third-world countries and underdeveloped nations where the standard of living and the standard of healthcare is much lower, thinking that the dental care they receive is equivalent to that of a first-world country.
Do you think all dentists are equally skilled?
Generally speaking, most patients judge the skill of a dentist based on their experiences during and after their treatment. Hence a “painless dentist” is considered to be the best dentist. Certainly, the best dentist is able to provide painless dental work. However, unless you know a lot about dentists and dentistry you are not able to judge the technical skills of the dental work. Great technical skills are critical to the longevity of dental work and minimizing the problems you may encounter as a result of the dental work.
In dental school, dental students’ technical skills are assessed by other dentists, not the patient! There is a good reason for this: almost all patients do not have the knowledge or skills required for judging a dental student's knowledge or technical skills. In dental school, a patient’s opinion is not taken into consideration when marking a student!
So, if you are looking for the best dentist, accept the fact that you know too little about dentists to pick the best dentist. To effectively pick the best dentist either learn more about the dental field or rely on the objective assessments by other dentists:
Signs of the Best Dentist Based on Technical Skills:
Finding an experienced dentist who graduated with honors from one of the best dental schools goes a long way to finding the best dentist. Equally important, a dentist’s dedication to excellence is a key factor in finding the best dentist.
Signs of the Best Dentist Based on Dedication to Excellence:
All dentists are required to continue their education throughout their careers, however, some do just the minimum and others go beyond the minimum. The best dentist greatly exceeds the minimum required in the amount of continuing education that he/ she takes. The best dentist undergoes voluntary testing by other dentists to ensure that their ongoing learning is assimilated optimally.
In the best interest of your health and well-being,