Finding an affordable alternative
Are you in Humble, TX and looking for a high quality and affordable dentist around town?
Many dental offices are now owned by a larger chain rather than operating independently. As a patient, it’s natural to worry about what that might mean for you. Will you get the same quality of care from an independent? Will a chain be more expensive? Does it make a difference at tall?
How can you tell if your dentist is independent or part of a chain?
Chains have a much larger marketing budget than your average independent dentist, so they will more likely to spend money on advertising widely. This means you’re likely to be familiar with their name or will at least perhaps have seen it around before.
If you aren’t sure if your dentist is independent or a chain, the name of the business can be a clue. If the name is unique or has the name of the dentist or dentist listed below the practice name, this is a good sign that you’re looking at an independent. A name that includes the name of the local area also suggests an independent. However, a corporate dental chain’s name may not be revealed, and the dental office may be part of a chain and just have a more local sounding name, especially if it used to be independent and has been bought later on. If you’re not sure, ask one of the staff.
You can also find out with an online search. If the name of your dental practice is associated with several offices or is listed in different locations across the country, then it’s likely that it is part of a chain.
It’s recommended to only use an independent dentist is they have agreed to a specific Code of ethics, so this is a good way to check too if you’re new to the area and looking for a trustworthy dentist. It can also be a good starting point if you are looking to move from a chain to an independent dentist.
Why does it matter?
Many of the things we use on a daily basis come from chains, whether it’s our grocery shopping or buying clothes. However, supporting and using an independent, local business means that you can expect a higher level of service and often a lower price. This more personal service can be lacking in chains that have to abide by rules and regulations set by central corporate management.
For some purchases, like shampoo or cereal, it’s often more convenient to buy from a chain, which is easy to access in many most communities. Local shops often don’t provide anything that your household needs.
Access is often not an issue with an independent dentist, as most communities have at least one. Unlike the products you buy, dental work is not the same from wherever you get it. Instead, you’re putting your oral health and your appearance into the hands of someone else, so you need to be able to trust that person.
At an independent dental office, they are free to make their own decision based on what you and they feel is the best course of action for your care. There is no pressure from higher management to see a certain number of patients a day so you may get more personal care and more time with your dentist. An independent is also unlikely to suggest a procedure purely for profit, which is something that can happen with a chain.
All dentists want to provide proper care, and not all chains will operate in the same way, and being independent is not always a sign of care and quality. Whenever you are seeking dental care, you should be careful to choose a dentist that puts patients before profits. It’s also important to choose a dentist that you feel comfortable with, so do your research first and read reviews before automatically opting for a chain or an independent.
Chain dental offices are sometimes known as high-volume dental practices that focus on profits by seeing as many patients as possible. In this kind of practice, it can be hard to get personal time or the quality of care that you deserve. A more traditional private practice doesn’t have outside pressures or influences that a chain does, so they may have more time to provide the care standard you want.
When using an independent dental practice, it’s likely that you will be able to see the same dentist every time you go. Over time, you will get to know them, and they will get to know you and your dental needs. This is a bonus if you need more specialist care, get nervous at the dentist, or need regular procedures. At a chain, it is likely that you will see different dentists, as chains tend to have a higher turnover rate. This can be a challenge for continuity of care, especially if visiting a dentist is difficult for you.
Whichever way you choose to go, it’s essential that you choose a dentist that you trust. The news is often filled with horror stories of substandard care or astronomical bills from chain dentists, and even stories of work being done that isn’t needed, just to meet their bottom line. This, of course, doesn’t happen at every chain dentist, but many of these dental practices do have revenue goals. Choosing an independent dentist can offer peace of mind that you aren’t being pushed toward a pricey procedure just to reach a revenue goal set by central management.
The best dentist is the one that you feel comfortable going to and who can help you properly care for your oral health and well-being. An independent is likely to be more affordable, offer more personal care, offer a continuity of care, be trustworthy, and complete high-quality work. Take your time to look into a few different practices near you to find a local dentist that you can afford, can get to easily and most importantly, is one that you like, trust and feel comfortable going to and trusting with your oral health.
A Dentist that accepts your insurance
We are a PPO office meaning that we accept all PPO dental insurances. As a Humble resident you may feel that some fee for services are priced too high. We want you to know that we are your affordable alternative, and that our prices are some of the best in Humble, TX. We also offer a dental savings plan that help so many of our patients afford the dental treatment that they need.