Questions to Ask Before You Choose a Dentist

  • Is the dentist a Master in the Academy of General Dentistry?
    (A designation achieved by less than 2% of dentists in the U.S, recognizing
    a high level of general and special education in all areas of dentistry.)
  • Do they use digital radiography for x-rays to reduce your x-ray exposure
    Up to 90%?
  • Do they use laser for more accurate decay detection?
  • Does the doctor normally run on time?
  • As a patient of record, in an emergency situation, do I get the doctor's personal cell number, or do I leave a message on an office machine?
  • Do they have a staff with over 100 years of experience, providing top quality dental care?

Regarding Cosmetic Dentistry:

  • Is the dentist at least a Sustaining Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, so that whatever the treatment, it is done to look as good as possible, whether it is a makeover or not?
  • How long has the dentist been a cosmetic dentist? (Dr. Woodall has been
    practicing cosmetic dentistry for over 23 years, constantly updating.)
  • For smile makeovers, does the dentist do a complete mock-up or wax-up of the planned treatment before any treatment is done to let you see the expected result and ensure top quality results?
  • Does the dentist use computer imaging to help you see what you might look like with a cosmetic change?

Regarding Implants:

  • Has the dentist studied virtually all the implant systems available?
  • Does the dentist do complete planning prior to placing implants and provide surgical guides to get the best placement and final results?