Going to the dentist is something almost everyone approaches with trepidation; it is a polarizing experience for many. A good dentist can alleviate all your fears and make even complex processes quite painless, and a bad dentist can traumatize a patient for life. I am very lucky in that, since childhood, I have had a wonderful dentist. A gentle, soft-spoken man who hates to cause anyone pain, and has done a wonderful job in treating my notoriously difficult teeth.
How did I find this wonderful professional? Via word of mouth, in the days before the internet was something that was present in every household. I was fortunate that, back then, the area in which I lived was a tight-knit little French-Canadian community where everyone knew everyone and people were always on hand to provide helpful tips to their neighbors. Flash-forward twenty years, and it’s now an extremely busy suburb, populated by a more urban, anglophone type of person who is seldom home, and rarely talks to those next door. Likewise, my dentist is a good deal grayer, and I have to face the prospect of him retiring some time in the coming decade. The question of how to replace him with someone similarly adept will arise.
This, of course, is where the internet comes in. Owing to the concerns many have about the quality and painless vs. painful nature of possible dental work, dentist review sites have grown in popularity and relevance, and for good reason. Patients can easily find their next dentist in a few clicks, by browsing reviews on sites which offer reliable patient testimony about a variety of dental reviews.
Online review sites have become an essential facet of the dental business; in a 2010 survey, for instance, 53% of dental patients said that online ratings and reviews influenced their choice of dentist. Many patients cite online reviews as being just as important in their choice of dentist as the dentist’s professional credentials.
These sites can help the user find a wide variety of information, including details about different procedures, common dental problems, cosmetic dentistry options, how to find the best dentist near you, and also how to find other dental specialists, such as orthodontists. These sites can also help you assess the cost of the procedures you may need.
All in all, dentist review websites have become a resource of paramount importance, both to dentists and to prospective patients.