Special Internet search engines can be used to find a list of dentists in your area by typing in your zip code, search radius, dentistry specialty if necessary and if you prefer a multilingual dentist. You can also use your insurance coverage type to narrow your search.
Some search engines allow you to narrow your search for a dentist by the name of the dental practice, gender of the dentist and if the dentist currently accepts new patients. Certain dental practices may also have extended business hours, such as evening hours, early morning hours and weekend hours.
If you have dental insurance, you can check with your insurance company to see which dentists in your area accept your insurance plan. You can use your insurance provider's website or call a customer service representative and have them search for you. Depending on your insurance network, the amount you pay for dental services can vary. While you may be permitted to visit a dentist outside of your network, you may not save as much money as you would if you were to visit a network dentist.
If there is a dentist whom you desire to join your insurance network, you can request that your insurance provider send him a special form to join your network. The dentist can either be mailed the request form or your insurance company can call him to get the process started.