How To Choose A Dentist In Princeton

You’ve just been transferred with your job to Princeton, New Jersey. You moved out of the “city” to a less crowded suburb. Or, maybe you’ve recently been accepted to Princeton University. Regardless of why you’re in the Princeton area, we know you’ll be glad you’re here. Besides being one of the most famous college towns in the country, Princeton is home to a multitude of arts venues, restaurants and entertainment, not to mention the beautiful changing seasons.

One of the many things you are going to need to find if you’re new to Princeton is a great dentist. There are several to choose from, but we know you’ll want a dentist who is experienced, convenient, and offers comprehensive dental care for the whole family in a relaxed and comfortable setting. When you’re ready to start searching, take a look at this list of things you’ll want to look for in a Princeton dentist.

Dentist Qualifications/Experience

The training for dentists is about the same as for a medical doctor. And, first and foremost, you want to choose a Princeton dentist that graduated with a degree from an accredited dental school. You’ll know this by the addition of the “DMD” or “DDS” initials after his or her name. Both of these designations mean the same thing; they are just different based on what the school called their dental degree. In addition to the degree, many dentists have advanced degrees and specialty degrees. For example, prosthodontists are experts in the restoration and replacement of teeth. If you don’t want to bounce around to different offices, you’ll want to choose a team of dentists that can care for most of your oral health needs – from regular check-ups, to teeth restoration, to cosmetic needs. Just because a dentist is able to put on a veneer for functional purposes, doesn’t mean that he or she is an expert at actually making it look its best. Check that your dentists are members in good standing of major dental associations such as the American Dental Association. And, make sure they stay up-to-date with continuing education courses and certifications.

Insurance and Costs

Before you delve too far into your search for a new dentist, check out your health care and dental care plans. For example, whether your plan is an HMO or PPO could help determine which dentist you choose. Contact each dentist to see what insurance plans they accept. Once you’re sure the dentist accepts your insurance, ask more questions about the cost of treatments you need or may need and how you might pay for them. What type of payment does the dentist accept – credit cards, payment plans? If your insurance plan requires referrals to specialists, can this dentist provide them? What does the dentist charge for common procedures such as fillings, crowns or teeth whitening? Make sure the dental costs you’re getting include procedure fees, any anesthesia fees, and facility fees.


One of the best ways to get a feel for a new dentist is to ask others. You want to find a dentist with a good reputation. If you have family, friends or coworkers in Princeton, ask them about the best options. Ask them questions about their dentist’s treatment options, length of appointment time, and comfort. You can also obtain a list of local dentists who are members of the American Dental Association. Search for online reviews to see what experiences others have had with that dentist. Check out their website for testimonials from current patients.

Personal Visit

Once you’ve narrowed down your list from recommendations and insurance considerations, schedule a consultation appointment and talk with the dentist in person or over the phone. Ask them about their qualifications, the professional associations they are involved with, and their involvement in the community. Find out how long they’ve been practicing, and ask them to explain the their expertise with certain procedures. If you have specific dental concerns, ask them about the treatments they offer to solve those concerns and the pros and cons of each. Ask them about before and after photos of the procedures you may need.

Your Comfort Level

A very important consideration when choosing a new dentist is simply, “How did you feel when you visited the office?”

When you’re visiting the dentist, you definitely want to start your visit off on a positive note. Evaluate the office and the office staff:

  • Is the office decor warm and inviting?
  • Child-friendly?
  • Was the staff friendly and welcoming?
  • What about the dentist?

Your own comfort level with a dental professional is paramount to having a great experience during treatment.

  • Were you able to comfortably tell the dentist about your concerns?
  • Was the dentist responsive when asked to explain treatment procedures?

Also, ask about the types of comforts afforded patients during treatment.

  • Does the dentist offer pre-medication or nitrous oxide?
  • What about music, or heating pads?

Convenient Location & Office Hours

Find out the office location and how convenient it is from your home or work. What office hours do they have? If you need Saturday office hours, do they offer them? What about emergency care? If you or your family member experiences an emergency are you able to reach your dentist through an answering service after hours for consultation?

Consider Prosthodontics of Princeton As Your Best Choice For A Dentist

The dental professionals at Prosthodontics of Princeton are ready to provide expert dental care to you and your family members. We offer a comprehensive array of services that can meet most dental needs of young and old. Our practice specializes in a variety of fields, including general, reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry. Contact us at (609) 924-1975 for your first consultation. We look forward to explaining to you why we are your premier dental provider in the Princeton area.