Our dentist, Dr. Daniel Bishop, has been featured on various local news programs to talk about the benefits of seeking out a quality local dentist. To learn more about our patient-care philosophies here at Bishop Family Dental, we invite you to watch these short features. To schedule your first visit at our dental practice in Salt Lake City, Utah, contact our team today!
(KUTV) Salt Lake City – Are people receiving the quality dental care they deserve? Daniel J. Bishop D.M.D with Bishop Family Dental stopped by Fresh Living with this answer:
“Many people are not receiving the level of care that they deserve or should expect. I personally have corrected a ton of problems that I see every day from patients who have received dental treatment at other offices. As a patient, you don’t know if you are receiving quality care. I’ve been the recipient of terrible dentistry and had no idea. But as a result, I have had a lot of unnecessary pain and problems that cost more in money and loss of tooth structure than if the treatment had been done right in the first place. The biggest issue is that when someone is working in your mouth, you don’t know what they are doing. You don’t know whether they cleaned up all the decay, were conservative, or whether they are used cheap materials or labs. Also, many people don’t know the difference between private practice and corporate dental offices.”
What is a corporate dental practice?
“Most of corporate dental practices can be identified by their multiple locations and common name. Corporate dental offices are illegal in some states and those states require that a dental practice be owned and operated by an actual dentist. Utah is different and allows business men and women with no healthcare experience to own and operate clinics. As a result, some of these practices are focused on profits and not the individuals who seek care at the facility. Some of these business owners even place restrictions on their dentists, such as what materials they can use and how much time they can spend with patients. To maximize profits, they generally pay for cheaper materials and labs and place pressure on the dentists to rush through treatment. As a result, they may not see and clean up all the decay, they may remove more tooth structure than necessary or place a compromised final restoration. They may also miss problems that will go unaddressed and create issues down the road. Another serious disadvantage in most cases is that they are constantly changing dentists. This is difficult for patients because of the inconsistent care they receive and the lack of a long-term relationship with a health care practitioner.”
Wouldn’t you know if you had received poor quality dental treatment?