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Whether you’re looking for dental implants or teeth whitening, you deserve great dental service. Here’s what to look for in a good dentist (and how to spot a bad one) near you.

You could be looking for a new dentist for any number of reasons. Perhaps you’ve moved to a new area. Maybe you’re unsatisfied with your current dentist, or maybe you suffer from dental anxiety and you’ve only just plucked up the courage to visit a dental practice after years and years of avoidance. Whatever the case, it’s important you pick the right dentist. You deserve more than just basic dental care — you should accept nothing less than an excellent dental service that takes dentistry, and its patients, seriously.

Below, we’ll cover exactly what you should look for when it comes to finding a good dentist near you and what questions you should be asking the dentist (and yourself) when you visit a practice.

Make Sure the Dentist Offers a Wide Range of Quality Services

A good dental practice should offer a breadth of dental services, from teeth restoration to adult orthodontics. You need to find a place that suits your needs and will deliver on what you require. If you are experiencing teeth discolouration, for example, you will want to ensure they offer expert teeth whitening services. Equally, if you are encountering teeth shifting, but you don’t want to deal with traditional metal braces, you need to know your dental practice offers invisible braces to suit your lifestyle.

Dental services offered by the dentist near you

Check out Their Dentists to Ensure They Are Well Qualified

The best dental practices are filled with the best dentists, great dental hygienists and excellent dental assistants. You want to find a dental service that employs professional and expertly qualified staff. If you visit your dentist’s website, you should be able to see evidence of this professionalism and continuing professional development, which proves they are up to date with new techniques and treatments.

Check out Recommendations, Get Referrals and Look at Case Studies

Unless a dental practice is brand new, they should have case studies, testimonials and recommendations they proudly display. If these aren’t evident on their website, get in touch and ask for them. If you are going to be trusting your oral health to a dentist, you deserve proof that they know what they are doing and that they get great results.

Of course, public opinion is always a great way to find a good dentist. Check out reviews online and ask your friends and family for references and recommendations. Word of mouth can be a great advertising tool, which is why the best dentists treat each patient well and strive to deliver the best care each and every time.

Recommendations from dental patients to a dentist

Look for Proof of Excellence on Their Website

A surefire way of determining whether a dental practice is worth your time is by searching for proof of excellence on their website. See if they have won awards for their services or if they have a Care Quality Commission Inspection Report. Being rated by an independent regulator is a solid indicator of high levels of service.

Find a Place That Makes Your Life More Convenient

Convenience is key when it comes to dental care. We all have busy lives, so many of us don’t go to the dentist as often as we should. Surprisingly, nearly half of Brits are happy to go two years or more between dental visits. This isn’t a good idea from an oral health point of view — you want to have regular check-ups to make sure there are no developing infections or tooth decays. For this reason, make life easier for yourself and find a dental practice that is close and convenient.

The other thing that’s important for convenience is money — specifically dental finance and membership plans. Find a dentist who will work with you and your financial situation to get your teeth in tip-top order.

Questions to Ask Your Dentist (and Yourself)

Sometimes the only way to really get to grips with a dental practice is to visit, ask questions and see how you feel about the level of service. Below are a few questions for you to ask the dentist:

  1. How often do your dentists attend conferences and education workshops?
  2. What exciting new technological advances have been introduced to the practice?
  3. What type of anaesthesia do you use to help patients relax if they are particularly anxious?
  4. What arrangements are available for handling dental emergencies outside office hours?
  5. What is your policy on missed appointments?

You should also take the time to ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is the dental practice easy to get to from work or home?
  2. Are the office hours convenient for my schedule?
  3. Does the dental practice appear to be clean, sanitary and orderly?
  4. Are the dental staff friendly and helpful?

How about Tooth Doctor in Essex and Thurrock?

Range of Dental Services

At Tooth Doctor, we offer a full range of dental services in Essex and Thurrock areas. These range from emergency care and basic dental hygiene to more specialised dental services such as dental implants, bridges and veneers. Furthermore, we offer facial aesthetics to help our patients interested in anti-wrinkle treatments or lip fillers.

Our Dental Professionals

We proudly handpick and develop the best dental professionals, all of whom are deeply passionate about their work and committed to high standards of care. All of our dental staff takes great pride in being friendly, approachable, and dedicated to ensuring your satisfaction. We prioritise your comfort and well-being throughout your visit, and our warm and helpful team is always ready to assist you. For more information of the staff, check out our team at:

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See the Feedback from Our Patients

You can explore these Google reviews, which serve as tangible proof of our exceptional service and patient satisfaction. We believe that our patients’ experiences are the best testament to the quality of care we provide.

Hay CHay C
10:35 23 Apr 24
I wanted to improve my smile for my wedding. I had a hygiene clean & teeth whitening. As someone who dreads the dentist they made me feel comfortable whilst being professional. Reccomend.
Terry WilliamsTerry Williams
14:47 02 Apr 24
Chelcie JollyChelcie Jolly
20:30 15 Mar 24
I went to Brentwood dentist very nervous because of bad experiences priorAnd I had such a good experience with Anthony the dentist there he is so patient calming and kind and I will be going to only from now onI thought he deserves a review and for fellow nervous patients i highly recommend
Carmen BogarCarmen Bogar
17:24 01 Mar 24
Lovely and welcoming People👌
Rebecca BrownRebecca Brown
19:12 23 Feb 24
Dr Anthony is a brilliant dentist, understanding, kind, explains everything simply, wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.My partner has had bad experiences with the dentist, very anxious, Dr Anthony gave him confidence to return, my whole family will be joining you soon.
Ros ClarkRos Clark
08:15 03 Feb 24
I can’t praise the Brentwood Tooth Doctor enough. Having had previously bad experiences at dentists and not having been to a dentist for longer than I care to remember I went with trepidation. But I found everyone to be very pleasant and professional from the receptionist, the nurse and Anthony the dentist. Anthony was friendly, calming and never judgmental. My nervousness of getting treatment washed away. I can’t thank the team enough.
Sharon LapslieSharon Lapslie
09:54 09 Jan 24
Jade is lovely and patient. I’m nervous of the dentist, she talked me through everything involved in my tooth extraction. She was as gentle as she could be, I have the confidence to go back now for a check up to see what else needs doing.
matt aredematt arede
13:39 28 Dec 23
This is by far the best dentist I ever been. The receptionist Nanayaa was super simpatic and was calming me down before the consultation. I had a initial consultation with Dr. Anthony who was very helpful and understanding considering that I am a very anxious patient. He was gentle, kind and really solved my problem. After that I needed to do a filling with Dr.Jade as the days that Dr. Anthony works I wasn't around. She was so clever as she really understand my situation and helped me out to make the best decision in my case. Her assistant (also called Jade) was very kind on holding my hand while she applied the anaesthetic and the filling was great and I couldn't be more happier. TOTALLY RECOMEND.
Abbie RichardsonAbbie Richardson
22:57 01 Dec 23
After avoiding the dentist for years, Anthony was outstanding. I physically could not recommend this dentist practise or Anthony anymore, everyone there was lovely
Sophisticated knightSophisticated knight
14:03 30 Nov 23
Clean professional outfit. Friendly staff, reasonable prices and makes what can be an experience a lot of people dread a more pleasant one.
Soo Ling OonSoo Ling Oon
13:32 29 Nov 23
Bradley MorrisBradley Morris
08:43 21 Nov 23
Recommended to these guys by a friend, and I can see why!Great customer service, treated me on the same day, lovely staff - I highly recommend these guys too if looking for dental care in Brentwood
Neethu VargheseNeethu Varghese
10:04 11 Nov 23
Lovely place and staffs. The doctor Anthony was very friendly and made me feel comfortable throughout the process.
Lea EkwubiriLea Ekwubiri
14:11 23 Oct 23
Anthony is probably the best Dentist I have ever seen. I've always had a terrible fear of Dentists, but after meeting Anthony I felt relaxed, I felt that I could trust him too, which is so important to me. I would recommend him to anybody, he's a lovely young, and knows his stuff.
Kemi OKemi O
09:28 10 Oct 23
Amazing service! I left my local dentist of 8 years due to bad service and I am so happy my family is under the care of Jayde. Professional, personal and knowledgeable. She educates you on your teeth - something I have never had. Would recommend to anyone looking for a quality dentist who does not see you as just a number.
Darren HutsonDarren Hutson
08:24 22 Aug 23
Paul WhalleyPaul Whalley
09:58 16 Aug 23
Dentist Jayde is very pleasant, very through and very professional.Practice is private only, no NHS.
Sandra PAVEYSandra PAVEY
08:44 16 Aug 23
Very good serviceJadye is an excellent dentistWould highly recommend
matt aredematt arede
11:30 30 Jul 23
Gigi TacelGigi Tacel
08:13 26 Jul 23
Great dentist, would recommend to anyone wanting any treatments or dental hygiene, fillings, etc.Special shout out to dentist Jayde who was very supportive, professional, made me feel comfortable, explains everything clearly and I was very satisfied with everything done. Highly recommended!
Krissy RaceKrissy Race
09:56 18 Jul 23
11:55 11 Apr 23
Absolutely Amazing, got me in when fully booked as I was in Pain, the Staff all staff second to none, top Service, can't praise them enough 🙌 👏
Freddie TurnerFreddie Turner
13:47 25 Jan 23
What a fantastic dentists!After trying most of the local dentists in the Brentwood area and most having a long waiting list I was presently surprised at how fast and simple the booking process was.The dental treatment was for my father who suffers from poor mental health and hadn't been to the dentist for over 20 years so this was extremely daunting for him.From the first call to our last treatment, the team were Fantastic. They went above and beyond to make my father feel at ease throughout the process and have such a high level for patients care and wellbeing.The work carried out was A1 and my father was extremely happy with his dental work and would highly recommend!!From Derek and Feeddie THANK YOU!ps. Sorry for the delay!
17:59 08 Nov 22
I have just finished my Invisalign treatment with Jayde @ the Brentwood branch and I could not recommend more highly. From start to finish Jayde explained each step thoroughly & kept me at ease. I am over the moon with how my teeth now look. The process was smooth painless and fast! Thank you so much
Gina PavlovaGina Pavlova
14:58 17 Oct 22
I required an emergency appointment and they were able to accommodate.The staff were all very friendly , welcoming and explained everything to me which made me very much at ease .I would defiantly recommend

Our Locations in Essex and Thurrock

Tooth Doctor proudly serves the community of Essex and Thurrock with three conveniently located dental clinics. Whether you’re in Basildon, Brentwood or Stanford-le-Hope, a top-tier dental experience is just around the corner. The Basildon clinic is situated at 7 Market Pavement SS14 1DD. The Brentwood clinic is at 27 High Street CM14 4RG. The Stanford-le-Hope clinic is at 26 Corringham Rd SS17 0AH. They are all easily accessible from your work or home both by car and public transportation. With ample parking options and proximity to major transit routes, making it hassle-free to schedule dental appointments that fit seamlessly into your daily routine.

Tooth Doctor in Essex and Thurrock - Clinic front door

Our Opening Hours

We understand the importance of accommodating your busy schedule, which is why our practice offers extended office hours. From Monday to Thursday, we’re open from 9 am to 7.30 pm, ensuring that you have the flexibility to visit us even after a long day at work. On Fridays, our hours are from 9 am to 5.30 pm, and for added convenience, we’re also open on Saturdays from 9 am to 4 pm.

If you’re considering dental treatments, whether routine or cosmetic, you can get in touch with the Tooth Doctor team today for a free online dental consultation. It’s quick and easy and our friendly and professional team will be happy to help you. Arrange a consultation today.