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Ronald Matsuura, D.D.S

Ronald Matsuura, D.D.S.

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

In my over 30 years of working as a dentist, a very popular and satisfying way to choose a dentist is to walk into an office and ask to take a quick peek and meet the dentist, if possible. You are always welcome to do that in either of our two offices. It would be a good idea to check our office hours and make sure I am working in the office most convenient for you. 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 a dentist for you.

  1. Check the doctor's credentials.

    Do you need general dental care, or do you have needs that would be better met by a dental specialist? Consider what you want and need from your dentist. No matter who you choose, make sure the dentist is licensed through the state dental board.

  2. Investigate the doctor's training.

    The best dentists didn't just go to dental school; they also completed extensive post-graduate training programs. In addition, the best dentists regularly attend continuing education classes to stay up-to-date on new procedures and materials.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Look at before and after photos.

    Take a look at the dentist's portfolio before you make up your mind. Pay specific attention to cases that are similar to yours. Make sure that the photos are of actual work done by the dentist, not just stock photos.

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

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

  7. 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.

  8. Nothing compares to experience.

    Much like other people, dentists get better at things the more they do them. Ideally, your dentist will have lots of experience with dentistry in general and with cases like yours specifically.

  9. Check out the facilities.

    Take a look around. What sort of equipment does the practice use? What is their sterilization process? Is it a comfortable atmosphere? Are the employees happy and helpful? Do they take the time to answer your questions?

  10. 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.

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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."

431 Monterey Avenue

Suite 6

Los Gatos 408 354-1717, California 95030

Appt Tel: (408) 354-1717

www.losgatosdentistpractice.com

Directions

Our Los Gatos office is located in downtown Los Gatos. From north of Los Gatos take Hwy 880 exit WEST on Los Gatos/Saratoga Road, which is also known as Hwy 9. After the second signal light, which is North Santa Cruz Avenue make your first right turn (you can only turn right) on to Monterey Avenue and we are about 100 feet on the left at 431 Monterey Avenue #6 with a BIG parking lot in front. For those of you who know Los Gatos, we are right behind Walgreen's.

We also have a Sunnyvale office which in near the intersection of Hwys 280 and 85. Exit off of 85 on Fremont Avenue and head south towards Sunnyvale and we are two signal lights on the right on the corner of Wright and Fremont. 990 West Fremont Avenue Suite O.

990 West Fremont Avenue Suite O

Sunnyvale, California 94087

Appt Tel: (408) 354-1717

www.losgatosdentistpractice.com

Directions

We are near the intersection of Hwy 85 and 280. Take the Fremont exit off of Hwy 85 and turn South towards Sunnyvale. Go two signal lights and we are on the Right side at the cornier of Fremonty and Wright streets. Look for the Big "O" on the window in the center cluster of buildings.

We are open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and every other Thursday.