Choosing a Dentist FAQs
A friend of mine said her dentist is LVI trained. What does that mean?
The Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) is the premiere post-graduate dental teaching school in the world. LVI teaches a revolutionary kind of dentistry where “artistry replaces mediocrity and where excellence is instilled in everything.” LVI specializes in training the best cosmetic and neuromuscular dentists in the world. Dr. Kent Johnson is not only an LVI graduate, he has been invited to be a clinical director at the prestigious school. He is on LVI’s elite instructing team for Full-Mouth Reconstruction, and instructs and mentors fellow dentists from all over the world teaching the latest dental techniques and technologies. Being invited to teach at LVI is an honor not awarded to many dentists. Dr. Peterson proudly offer their dentistry patients the most advanced techniques and equipment in dentistry today.
Why is it important to choose my dentist carefully?
Finding a highly skilled dentist can be the difference between getting the smile you want and a serious disappointment. There are many factors to consider including his credentials, his experience, and which procedures he performs with what equipment. Choosing a dentist with years of experience and training is crucial because should any complications arise during a procedure, an experienced dentist will be more adept at handling the situation. Also, a dentist who has performed many complicated dental procedures will have had more time to perfect his technique and results. Dr. Kent M. Johnson has been practicing dentistry for over 20 years and is delighted to offer his dentistry expertise to residents of his native state, Utah.
I went to a dentist who had no before and after photos. Is this significant?
We think it is extremely important to allow our patients see the quality of our work. For this reason, we proudly offer a large number of before and after photos of our success stories. Please take a look at our gallery of photos on our website and in our office. Our photos illustrate our work with porcelain veneers, smile makeovers, white fillings, tooth whitening, tooth bonding, and many of the other cosmetic dental procedures we offer in our Park City, Utah office.
Is it ok to ask questions about dentists I’m considering seeing?
We encourage you to ask people in your area which dentists they have had great experiences with recently. Word-of-mouth is a great advertising tool, and a highly skilled dentist who truly cares for his patients is not always easy to find. Ask your friends and neighbors, your family physician, a pharmacist, or some other trusted professional whom they recommend for your dental work. Call those dentists and make appointments. Most dentists offer a free consultation, and usually, you can tell if there is a connection during that time. If he seems knowledgeable and compassionate, and if his staff seems friendly and professional, then you just may have found the right dentist for you.
Will my dentistry work be covered by my dental health insurance?
Typically, most cosmetic dental work is not covered by dental insurance; however, some restorative dental work is covered. During your consultation, you should ask about types of financing options available at your dentist’s office. Affordable financing is something we pride ourselves on providing our patients. We want to give you the smile you have always dreamed about without putting you in debt for years and years to come.