More than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws, but that figure doesn’t even begin to describe the many more who need reconstructive dentistry of all types.

You may need reconstructive dentistry even if you only have one missing tooth because that space still requires the care of a dentist who can ensure the deterioration stops right there.

So how do you know who is a top reconstructive dentist, and who only markets themselves as such?

3 Signs of an Average Reconstructive Dentist

Below, we’ve put together a list of ways you can distinguish a top reconstructive dentist from an average one:

  1. They advertise cosmetic dentistry but not prosthodontics. High-quality reconstructive dental practices pride themselves on having top specialists in reconstructive dentistry: prosthodontists. Prosthodontists complete 3 additional years of training beyond dental school and are prepared to perform the most complex reconstructive procedures. Cosmetic dentists may or may not have that kind of experience, but you can be sure that they don’t have that level of extensive training. Cosmetic dentists are, more often than not, general dentists who get a weekend training in cosmetic dentistry. If you want to be sure your cosmetic dentist is the very best, choose one who is also a prosthodontist.
  2. You don’t see clear evidence of quality on the website or materials. Many high-quality dentists have not invested in marketing, so their websites may not be spectacular. But what you should see at the very least is evidence that they can substantiate what they claim. Cosmetic/reconstructive dentists should take pictures of their work (before/after) so you can really see that they can make the kind of difference they say they will. Client testimonials are another way to tell that a dentist can make good on their promises. Dr. Vahidi contracts an outside service, ZocDoc, so that patients can leave comments on services without being censored by us. We believe transparency is key to establishing legitimacy. Otherwise, we think it’s fair for prospective patients to wonder if some of the so-called “testimonials” are invented by the dental practice itself.
  3. They belong to organizations but don’t actually have the qualifications. Although it looks good on the page, simply belonging to an association may not be an indicator of expertise. It is one thing to pay membership dues to a group and quite another to have the requisite experience and training. Look for real indicators of quality, such as degrees from well-known schools. Belonging to a specialty association is more telling: if they  belong to an association such as the American College of Prosthodontists, that shows that they are actually qualified in the specialty. You can search the associations they say they’re part of to learn what is required to join. Also, top dentists may have extraordinary experience, such as scholarship, teaching, and being invited to speak worldwide. Not many dentists will have this, but if you find a practice with someone who does, you can be sure that it raises the standard of quality of the entire team

We invite you to subject Dr. Vahidi’s practice to the criteria above for identifying a top reconstructive dentist. Check out our ZocDoc testimonial pages of Dr. Vahidi and Dr. Kim. Honest reviews from real patients speak for themselves. We also encourage you to check out our before/after pictures of crowns/veneers from past patients and read our dentists’ professional biographies.

We’re confident that with us, you’ll find a reconstructive dentistry practice you can trust. We’re committed to high-quality care of our patients. But don’t just take our word for it–look at the evidence!

To get an appointment today, schedule online with ZocDoc or call us at  (212) 753-7000.