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Switching Dentists? Here’s What You Need to Know

February 14, 2023

There are several reasons why you might be thinking about changing dentists. You may want to do so because you've moved away from your former address, your longtime dentist suddenly retired, or you've been dissatisfied with the quality of care you've been getting. Regardless of the cause, to become a new patient in Marco Island the procedure will essentially not change. Here is what you need to keep in mind for this process.

A new patient at a Marco Island dentist office filling a form

Things to Remember

Don’t Forget About Your Dental Records

Having your dental records moved to your new dentist is a smart option. They’re a written account of your oral health history and contain information such as X-rays, diagnostic reports, treatment plans, home care instructions, consent forms, and correspondence between you and your dentist.

It gives your new dentist the chance to establish a comprehensive picture of your long-term dental health, giving them significant insights as they work with you to develop a customized oral care regimen.

Your Insurance Information

Find out which insurance companies the office accepts before changing dentists. Normally, this information may be found on their website, but you might need to give them a call.

After your procedure, the last thing you want to learn is that the cost won't be covered.  

Be Ready for Your First Visit

Patients will be required to complete paperwork with personal information and insurance information at their initial appointment with a new dentist. Since the initial exam is the dentist's first opportunity to examine the patient's teeth, it may take longer than a typical appointment.

A computer screen showing a new patient form at a Marco Island Dentist Office

Are You Ready to be a New Patient at a Marco Island Dental Office?  

We know that sometimes switching dentists can be a hassle, and that’s why we take pride in our new patient process. If you’re ready to start your process, don’t hesitate to contact us here at Island Paradise Dental!

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