How to Choose the Best Dentist for You


Dr Aran Moorthy

This article was written by Australian dental surgeon Dr Aran Moorthy, BDS. Dr Moorthy has a Bachelor of Dental Surgery from the University of Adelaide. You can read more about Dr Moorthy here >

A gentle, caring and affordable dentist who does a great job is what we all need. In other words, a good dentist. Here’s how to find one.

Updated July 2023

Reception area – Mills Road Dental Centre

There are plenty of dentists in our neighbourhood. From Gosnells and Maddington to Martin and Kelmscott, we’re peppered with them, so how do you choose the best dentist for you? They may be an affordable or even cheap dentist, but are they a good dentist?

There are a few boxes that you should tick, but it mostly comes down to word of mouth and reviews – and then subjective issues like personal choice, trust and cost.

Choosing any health practitioner, much like choosing a friend, is personal. Who we choose depends a lot on our personal values and what makes us feel comfortable. Consequently, what might be great for others (with the exception of close friends’ recommendations), may not feel like such a great fit for you.

  •  Do you feel you can relax around your dentist? Your dentist is going to be getting quite close to you, physically, so it’s a good idea that you can feel relaxed around them.
  • Do you feel you can communicate your concerns and wishes easily, without reservation? It’s important that you feel that you can trust your dentist enough to talk easily.
  • Does your dentist take time to listen – and take in  your lifestyle concerns, not just your teeth? Your lifestyle, time off work (if required) and financial situation should all be considered.
  • Do you feel they are taking care of you and suggesting the best options for your dental health – and your hip pocket? The priority should be your health and well-being.

Remember, you have the right to feel as though you can trust your dentist, the same way you have the right to choose anyone else in your life (other than family – and neighbours – of course!)

Personal recommendations & reviews

Angie, Mills Road Dental CentrePersonal recommendation goes a long way. If you’re looking for a good dentist, a like-minded friend or family member’s recommendation can be worthwhile. If they’ve had good experiences, were happy with the price and can trust their dentist, their recommendation may be worth considering.

Also, read online reviews. See what others have to say. You’ll find our Google Reviews here.

Dental Hygiene standards

Hygiene is essential, and fortunately, in Australia, there are only a few cases where this issue has been substandard. But they do exist. Usually, though, hygiene problems are encountered when patients have chosen to travel overseas for cheap dental work where hygiene protocols may be much lower than in Australia. This is one of the many reasons why the Australian Dental Association cautions those going overseas for questionable and low-priced dental work.

Cost: are they affordable dentists?

Dr Aran MoorthyMost of us are watching our pennies, so don’t be ashamed if you’re on the lookout for a cheap or affordable dentist. Prices of dental treatment can vary can considerably, and although it may be worth paying a little more for a good quality dentist you know and trust, this doesn’t mean you should pay any price presented to you. If you’re unsure how your dental clinic compares, shop around.

If you need a considerable amount of dental work performed, such as root canal, dental implants or perhaps several crowns, see at least two dentists for an itemised quote, so you’ll know exactly how much you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket.

Health insurance

NIB First Choice Dental health insurance providerIf you have health insurance, look out for a clinic that will give you good rebates. For example, at Mills Road Dental, we’re registered with all health insurance funds, so it’s likely health insurance members will get something back for their treatments. Better still, if you’re with nib, you’ll be happy to know that we’re a nib First Choice provider & Westfund prefered provider. This means that if you’re with either of these funds, you can enjoy set prices and more money back. If you’re with nib, for example, depending on your level of cover, you could get up to 80% back for certain procedures.

There’s a trend amongst health insurance funds to support their members with preventative work. It makes sense. That way, you – and the fund – avoid costly procedures ahead. Choose a dental clinic that is covered with all health funds, like Mills Road Dental.  You’ll likely be entitled to one free scale and clean per year.  If you’re unsure what your clinic or health fund provides, give them a call and find out.

Extended opening hours

Getting to routine appointments in business hours can be a squeeze, so if you’re pushed for time, look out for a dentist that is open extended hours or weekends. We have many patients that enjoy the extended hours we offer.

We’re open from 7 AM to 7 PM Mondays and Wednesdays, and 8:30 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays. We’re even available for appointments on Sundays. If this suits you, give us a call and book an appointment.

QIP Accredited practice

QIP Accredited Dental PracticeSome dental clinics, like Mills Road Dental, are QIP accredited – and it’s worth looking out for. QIP reward clinics for their high level of commitment to excellent dental care & continuous quality improvement within their dental practice.

Helpful dentistry discounts or deals

Dental examinationWho doesn’t love a good dental deal? Some clinics offer deals to help patients out, particularly if patients have children, are pensioners or don’t have health insurance.

For example, Mills Road Dental offer 10% discount to pensioners, and have a ‘new patient’ deal for those without health insurance.

Get an examination, clean, scale, x-rays and a fluoride treatment valued in total at $350 for $199. And if you have insurance, it’s gap-free. Meaning: you don’t pay a cent. This is a great way of keeping your teeth in check without spending a fortune, and as we always say, prevention is better than cure.

Plus, we often have several dental deals on offer. Take a look at our specials here.

To find out more about our dentists, meet our dental team here.

Extended Opening Hours | Health Insurance Rebates |  Competitive Prices | Friendly Dentists | Participating Providers with nib & HBF


Contact Mills Road Dental today, and see why so many in the Gosnells community choose us!

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