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 Gregory C. Dilger D.D.S.           General Dentist            1353 Edgewater St.          West Salem          (503) 378-0466   

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How to Find a Dentist

Finding a Dentist 


Finding the right dentist for you and family is key to establishing excellent oral health. Picking a dentist out of the phone book or solely based on your Insurance coverage is not always the wisest choice. The best way to find a good, loyal general dentist is by referral from your family and friends.

Dental care is a personalized service that requires a good relationship between the dentist and the patient. Good communication and planning are key to patient satisfaction. There are several steps to finding the right dentist for you, and we will go over all of these. We will start with where to start looking, how to evaluate the dentist and the office and finally the first appointment. Here are a few helpful tips in finding the right dentist for you: 

I.    Search

A. Recommendations from family, friends, neighbors and co-workers are good sources 

B. Asking a family Physician or local Pharmacist

1.   Why do they like the office? 

2.   What do they like about the dentist? 

3.   Do they like the staff? 


II. Consultation

A.   Call and visit with several dental offices 

B.   Don’t hesitate to ask about all your questions and concerns

C. Make sure you feel comfortable with the Dentist and staff before scheduling an appointment

1.   Do they take continuing education? 

2.   What dental procedures do they do? 

3.   What procedure do they refer out? 

4.   Are they up-to-date with the newest procedures? 


III.       Office Environment

A.   Develop a feel for the office environment

1.   What is your reaction to the welcoming receptionist? 

2.   Is the staff pleasant? 

3.   Do they have an emergency line? 

4.   Can they schedule an appointment the next day? 

5.   Does the dentist invest regularly in technology? 


IV.    Appointment

A.   Set up a Comprehensive Exam which consist of cleaning, radiographs and a full comprehensive Exam with the Dentist.

B.   You should know after a Comprehensive Exam if you have found the right dentist for you and your family. 

1.   Do they explain treatment needs? 

2.   Do they run on time or make you wait? 

3.   Do they ask you your medical history? 

4.   Do they give you alternative treatment if finance is a concern? 


Taking care of your teeth is very important. Regular visits to the dentist can prevent cavities and gum disease. We want to establish a long lasting relationship with you and your family as our patients.

 December 10, 2009

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Dear Dr. Dilger:


It all started with my initial phone call to Dr. Dilger's office. I felt so comfortable from the start and after I came in for my first visit it's been all about what I want and what Dr. Dilger and his staff recommends for me. All around, it's been the best dental experience I've ever had.


Al P.




Going to the dentist used to be a nightmare experience for me. That's all changed when I came to Dr. Dilger. Dr. Dilger's office staff are so warm and welcoming. Visiting them is like going home. Dr. Dilger's calm and caring manner erased all my dental anxiety and for the first time in my life I found myself relaxed in a dental chair. Dr. Dilger and his staff really took the time to get to know me and my concerns. They talked with me about my fears and helped me address my anxiety. Now I visit the dentist and I'm not afraid. I can not express the difference Dr. Dilger has made in my dental life! Thanks so much Dr. D.


Molly F.




I love my new smile.  It was so easy too.  Nearly pain free.  I am considering my lower teeth at a later date.


Debbie E.