How to Choose the Best Family Dentist

Your family dentist should be a professional that you know and trust. They should have your best interests at heart, and they should work with you as a partner in your dental health. While comparing your options, you may want to look for the following elements.

Owned and Operated by Dentists

As you look at different family dental offices, try to find out who owns them. If they are owned and operated by dentists, you can rest assured that you will get to see those dentists for many years to come. In contrast, if you go to an office that is not owned by the dentist, and the dentist is just an employee at that office, then you might have to deal with a lot of turnovers. That can be frustrating, as you’ll always have to get to know new dentists, and they may not understand your dental history or needs.


Top-Notch Education

Once you’ve established that the family dentist is a permanent feature of the practice, you should start looking at their education. Dr. Bahar Nia’s background is a shining example of the type of education you should look for when searching for a new family dentist. She obtained an Ivy League education from the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She then completed her post-doctoral residency in Houston at the MD Anderson Cancer Center where she was able to learn the essentials of diagnosing oral, head, and neck cancer.


The Right Experience

You should also look at the experience of the family dentist you are considering working with. In addition to experience with a wide range of dental procedures, look for experience with complicated techniques. For instance, Dr. Polk completed an anesthesiology residency at Emory Residency and then a pediatric anesthesiology fellowship at Egleston Children’s Hospital. Dental work makes many people feel anxious, and anesthesia can help with that, but you absolutely want to ensure that you’re working with someone who understands the complexities of anesthesia and can administer it safely.


Range of Services

Also, pay attention to the services offered by different dentists. You don’t want to start your care at one office and then have to go to another office to have that work finished. To ensure that doesn’t happen, you need a family dentist who offers preventative care as well as cosmetic procedures and specialty services.



A history of award-winning work can also reassure you that a dentist is the right choice for your family. Dr. Bahar Nia won the Atlanta Top Doctor recognition for two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, and in 2018, she was named one of the Atlanta Top Dentists.


A Positive Philosophy

Both education and experience are important, but you also want to make sure that you’re on the same page with your family dentist from a philosophical perspective. Ideally, you want a dentist who’s committed to creating a comfortable and non-anxious environment. You also want a dentist who’s focused on both beauty and health. Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry focuses not only on aesthetics but also on maintaining and providing a positive philosophical mindset.


Those ideas are all part of the philosophy at Buckhead Cosmetic and Family Dentistry. If you’re looking for a new family dentist, contact us today.