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How to Find the Right Dentist – The Successful Way

There are plenty of choices for dental care in Lancaster County and its surrounding areas. We understand that it can become quite overwhelming deciding who the best dentist in Lancaster is. Though we’d love to welcome you to Susquehanna Dental Arts as one of our patients, we know that every person is unique and needs to find the best fit for their own dental needs.

We’d like to help you decide which dentist is your choice for ongoing dental care. We hope you’ll give us a call and get to know us!

Different Types of Dentists

The dentist you choose may depend on the type of dentist you’re seeking. Following are common kinds of dentists:

  • General

A general dentist can treat your overall dental issues and help you maintain oral health. General dentists have earned their Doctor of Dental Surgery degree (DDS) or a Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry degree (DMD) through years of undergraduate study as well as years in dental school and in having completed licensing exams to practice dentistry.

A general dentist can treat most tooth and overall dental health concerns; however, they might refer you to a specialist with more experience in specific dental issues, especially those requiring oral surgery. A general dentist might have restrictions on the age of the patient he or she treats.

  • Family

Family dentists are like general dentists except they typically are more focused on treating a patient from toddler to adulthood. Family dentists often treat members of the same family, encouraging and monitoring healthy dental habits and routine checkups based on the family’s overall habits.

  • Holistic/Biological

Holistic, also known as biological, dentists research the biocompatibility of dental products and practices, including risks associated with the use of mercury fillings and fluoride.

As an accredited member of the International Academy of Oral Medicine & Toxicology, Dr. Allison offers mercury-free and biocompatible dentistry.

The IAOMT is a trusted academy of more than 800 dentists, health professionals, and scientists who’ve been working together since 1984 to help promote public health and the concept of integrative medicine, or how your oral health can affect your overall well-being.

Holistic dentists believe in the science behind their mission to promote non-invasive therapies to avoid surgery whenever possible. Susquehanna Dental Arts strives to treat the underlying problems of poor dental and prevent them from occurring.

We believe your dental health impacts your whole health and your well-being.

  • Specialists (endodontist, orthodontist, periodontist, prosthodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon)

Although general, family, and holistic dentists may offer some of these specialized services, you’ll want to ask. There are situations for which your dentist may need to refer you to a specialist, depending on the severity of your dental issue.

 Priorities for Choosing a Dentist

  • Authenticity

Ask your friends and family members whom they trust to take care of their dental health. Word of mouth about their mouths, so to speak. If you get advice from people you trust, that can make your decision a lot easier. Also, find out if a dentist is friendly and easy to talk to so that you feel comfortable asking questions and sharing your concerns.

We make it a priority to build a rapport with our patients so that we can understand and respond to your needs. We use social media to connect with our patients and inform them about office updates, news, and helpful tips.

  • Credibility

Check with each dental practice to learn about the dentist’s certifications, accreditations, and state licensure. Also, review your dental insurance network to see which dentists are including in your dental plan. Our office is happy to answer any questions you have regarding insurance coverage.

  • Experience

To choose the best local dentist for you, consider the years of experience he or she has in practice. Additionally, are they continuing to educate themselves? Dental care is forever changing and adapting to modern technology and discoveries.

Be certain your local dentist has the desire to continuously learn. Even better, choose a dental practice dedicated to educating their patients too.

Dr. Allison established his dental office decades ago and is committed to offering quality, health-focused dentistry, and continuing education.

  • Availability

You’ll want to choose a dentist with office hours that are convenient to your schedule Susquehanna Dental Arts is open four days a week, with some evening hours available. Emergency service is also available.

  • Proximity

Finding the best dentist in Lancaster County for you may mean finding the one closest to our home or office. Decide if it’s more convenient for your dental appointments to take place immediately before or after work, or if you’ll likely leave from home to go directly to the dentist’s office. Susquehanna Dental Arts is conveniently located at 100 S. 18th Street in Columbia, PA. The office is near Route 462 and about 3 miles off the PA Turnpike (Prospect Road Exit).

Why Choose a Holistic Dentist?

Dr. Allison’s office provides mercury-free (amalgam-free), mercury-safe, biological, health-focused, cosmetic, and family dentistry. His holistic dentistry is health-focused, not just dental-health-focused. He stresses the use of biocompatible dental materials whenever possible.

Dental care that is mercury-safe means that no amalgam fillings are used. Amalgam fillings may have neurotoxic effects on one’s health and mercury vapor, also, can be harmful to your health.

As a holistic dentist, Dr. Allison takes a patient-first, whole-health approach to your dental care. While holistic dentists avoid traditional approaches to dental care such as the use of mercury for fillings and controversial fluoride treatments, Susquehanna Dental Arts provides extensive dental care services:

  • Digital X Rays
  • Preventive Dental Treatment and Education
  • ViziLite Oral Cancer Screening
  • Non-Surgical Periodontal (Gum) Treatment
  • Safe Mercury Amalgam (Silver) Filling Removal & Replacement
  • Advanced Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Tooth Whitening
  • Orthodontics
  • Invisalign: Invisible Orthodontics
  • Clifford Biocompatibility Testing
  • Mercury & Metal-Free Restorations
  • Full Mouth Reconstruction
  • Pain Disorders of Face & Head
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Root Canal Therapy
  • TMJ Diagnosis and Treatment
  • Fluoride-Free Treatment
  • Ozone Treatment-Early Decay and Desensitization Prior to Whitening