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How to Select the Best Dentist

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Searching for a dentist is simpler yet more complicated than ever these days thanks to the internet. All you need to do is plug in “dentist near me” into a search engine to literally get thousands of results in seconds. While it’s great to have this much choice, you just don’t have time to thoroughly look through all of these websites. Isn’t there a way to make this process go faster? Thankfully, there is! At Costello Dental, we’re not just dental care providers, we’re patients as well, so we know exactly what people should look for to find the right dentist in Arlington Heights for them. Rather than reading through an entire website, you only need to look at these 5 specific things:

Types of Dentistry Performed

A practice’s clinical focus refers to the kind of care they provide. Are they a general dentistry practice that caters to families, or a specialty one that only provides orthodontics? Most practices will spell this out on the front page, but for others, you may need to dig a little deeper by checking out their services page. This will give you an idea of whether or not a practice will be able to meet your particular dental needs.

At Costello Dental, our clinical focus is simple: we want to do it all and do it well. Our practice has a team of five dentists on staff including a board-certified periodontist. In short, our goal is to provide convenient, comprehensive care for Arlington Heights families all under one roof. We’re able to offer everything from basic preventive services all the way to more specialized ones like dental implants and Invisalign to ensure our patients always get what they need.

The Dentist’s Expertise

All dentists complete doctoral level studies in order to learn their craft and give them the ability to provide general dentistry services, and for many dentists, this is where their education ends. However, others will continue to improve their skillset and expand their scope of care by taking hours of postgraduate education every year. This allows them to stay on top of the latest technology in dentistry as well as provide more complicated procedures such as dental implants. This is the kind of dentist you want to visit because you can trust that they’ll always be able to offer you the most modern treatments using the best methods. How can you determine which kind of dentist you’re looking at? By simply reading their bio.

For our team, continuing education is extremely important no matter how much experience each member has. Our founder, Dr. John Costello, actually has over 40 years in dentistry, but he still regularly tries to improve himself by attending clinics and seminars. This dedication to growth is shared by the rest of our team, which is why we’re able to confidently provide implant, endodontic, periodontic, orthodontic, and cosmetic services in addition to basic ones.

The Dental Team

As highly-skilled and friendly as a dentist might be, they simply can’t do everything alone. They need the right team around them to not only meet your needs, but make you feel welcomed and comfortable at a practice. The last thing you want is to walk into an office and be “greeted” by a receptionist who doesn’t even acknowledge your existence. If you go to a dental website and they don’t proudly and prominently feature their team, then you’ll know it’s likely something they are trying to hide.

Fortunately, the team at Costello Dental isn’t just highly experienced, with most members having 20-30 years in dentistry, but they’re extremely friendly as well. Their goal each day is to change the way people think about going to the dentist by making sure their appointments are always smooth, stress-free, and fulfilling.

Finding a Dentist Near You

It really doesn’t matter how great a practice is if they’re too far away, right? By finding a conveniently located practice, it will be much easier for you to attend regular checkups, plus you won’t have to travel far should you experience an unexpected dental emergency.

Part of the reason our practice has been around for over 50 years is that it’s very easy for our local friends and families to find us. We’re located less than five minutes north of the center of Arlington Heights, and we’re also just south of E Palatine Rd where it intersects with E Rand.

Making Dental Care Affordable

By far, the biggest barrier people have when it comes to dental care stems from finances. Many avoid appointments simply because they believe they won’t be able to afford them. This is why you should find a practice that makes it loud and clear they will help ensure your care is always affordable. If you have dental insurance, look at their insurance policy, and make a special note as to whether or not they have a specific person dedicated to helping you figure out and get the most out of your benefits. And if you’re uninsured, look for how they are willing to help you as well.

At Costello Dental, we believe that everyone should have access to 5-star dental care for a price that easily fits into their family budget. That’s why we’re not only willing to accept dental insurance plans from a long list of providers, but we’ll also handle the entire claims process as well. Our team member Casey will handle all the paperwork to make sure you get every dollar you deserve, and she’ll also always be there to answer any insurance or financing related questions you might have.

And for our uninsured patients, we’re ready to help them save as well with our In-Office Insurance Plan. With it, a patient simply has to pay one flat annual fee in order to get access to a wide variety of completely and mostly covered services. Our plan offers many of the same benefits of a traditional insurance plan for a much lower price and without any of the red tape. With our plan, you’ll never have to deal with monthly premiums, deductibles, copays, or waiting periods. You just sign up and save.

Good Luck With Your Dental Search!

At Costello Dental, we truly believe that our one-of-a-kind service and care is perfect for patients of all ages in Arlington Heights, but even if you decide that our office isn’t for you, we hope you find the right one using these tips. With them, you’ll be able to quickly sift through the search results and get on track to enjoy a lifetime of happy, healthy smiles!

While you’re here, please take a moment to explore our website and learn more about all the fantastic ways we’re ready to serve your smile. If you have any questions about our treatments, payment options, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today