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Hott Family Dentistry

Bartholomew Hott, D.D.S.

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Top 10 Critical Things You Should Know
Before You Select a Dentist

Dentistry is an investment in the future of your smile. And, like any investment, you'll want to do a little research before making a final decision on dental work. These guidelines can help you choose the practitioner who's right for you.

  1. Look for smile design experience.

    Dentistry is as much art as it is science. In general, the more smiles a dentist has designed, the better that dentist's work will be. Smile design is about more than just your teeth; the dentist should also consider your lips, gum line, mouth shape and facial structure.

  2. Communication is key.

    It's essential that you be able to talk to your dentist - and that your dentist will listen to you! There's a lot of dialogue that needs to go into an individual long-term treatment plan. If you feel bullied, pressured, or rushed, then that's probably not the right dentist for you.

  3. Don't pay too much - or too little.

    Some dentists charge more by marketing themselves as high-end celebrity cosmetic dentists offering Hollywood smile makeovers. Other dentists try to make up for poor materials and shoddy work by offering low prices. Beware the extremes.

  4. An honest dentist sets realistic expectations.

    Watch out for doctors who promise more than they can deliver. You want a dentist who will tell you what can and cannot be done for your smile. You need to know how long the process will take, what you'll have to do, and any complications that could occur.

  5. Technology is cool, but it's not the only thing.

    A dentist with high-tech modern equipment is more likely to be up-to-date on modern techniques. At the same time, however, don't let yourself be dazzled by a dentist's fancy tools; what really matters is if the dentist knows how to use them properly.

  6. A good lab technician is a valuable asset.

    The dentist might decide on the treatment plan, but it's the lab technician who'll actually fabricate the porcelain veneers or crowns that will be gracing your new smile. Great dentists are proud of their lab technicians and the materials they use.

  7. Start with a consultation.

    Going in for a consultation is a great way to learn more about a dentist and dental practice. Consultations are generally inexpensive, and are sometimes even offered for free. Talk to the dentist before you commit to anything. Remember, it's your job to make an educated decision.

  8. Discuss financing options.

    Major dental work can cost thousands of dollars, and insurance rarely covers all of it. You need to make sure you and your dentist have a workable plan to pay for your dental work.

  9. Look for a practice that specializes in general and/or family dentistry.

    Unless you have special dental care needs, a general or family dentist will be able to monitor your overall oral health and hygiene. Should you later require the services of a dental specialist, your dentist will be able to refer you to a qualified specialist.

  10. Your dentist should care about your total health.

    Though you're seeking dental treatment, you want a dentist who will pay attention to your overall health. Oral health problems can be an indicator of underlying disease. In addition, if you have any medical conditions or are taking medications, your dentist will need to know that prior to treatment.

  11. Don't prioritize form over function.

    The desire for cosmetic dentistry is what brings a lot of people into the dentist's office. Yes, your dental work should look great, but it's even more important that it function properly. Uncomfortable dental work is not an acceptable option. In addition, you want materials that will last for years to come.

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"We know that selecting a dentist is not easy. I want you to know that you can call me personally with any questions or concerns."

706 N Main St

Bluffton, Indiana 46714

Appt Tel: (260) 824-2442


Hott Family Dentistry is conveniently located on Highway 1 - Blue Victorian House, at 706 N Main St, Bluffton, IN.

We have extended availability phone hours at (260)-824-2442.