Farnham Dentistry Named One of Jacksonville’s Best Dentists
Jacksonville magazine recognizes dental office’s dedication
JACKSONVILLE, FL. – JANUARY 1, 2020 – Farnham Dentistry is honored to announce that it has been included in Jacksonville magazine’s Best Dentists list.
Jacksonville, the Magazine of Northeast Florida includes Dr. MacKenzie Farnham, DDS and his practice in its list of the area’s top Jacksonville dentists. The article discusses not only Dr. Farmham’s expertise but also his dedication to his community.
Dr Farnham is the son of Drs. Suton and Jacquelene Farnham, who founded Farnham Dentistry in 1983. The Jacksonville native earned his dental degree from the University of Maryland and practiced dentistry during a residency at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital system in New Jersey before returning to join his family in private practice.
Jacksonville magazine highlights Dr. Farnham and his staff for staying “at the cutting edge of dental technology in order to offer the highest quality care.” It refers to the hundreds of hours of continuing education that office staff spend focusing on dental subjects like implantology, digital dentistry and orthodontics.
The magazine also refers to Dr. Farnham’s professional organizations and his time spent volunteering and contributing to charitable causes. That includes volunteering to practice dentistry for Healing Hands in Jacksonville, providing care abroad as part of Leland Dental Charities and participating in the Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry’s “Give Back a Smile” program.
Dr. Farnham and his team, including their therapy dog Nugget, are humbled to be recognized for their efforts to help make patients’ visits to the dentist relaxing and pleasant.
Farnham Dentistry works with patients to create a comprehensive treatment plan. New patients receive a free consultation and may discuss their oral needs in a pressure-free environment.
“We only begin treatment when you feel comfortable and confident,” Dr. Farnham said. “We believe that’s the key to our success as we celebrate being included in Jacksonville magazine’s top dentists list.”
For more information on Farnham Dentistry, visit their website or call 904-262-2551.
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CONTACT: Jacquelene Farnham
11528 San Jose Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32223
How to Find The Best Dentist in Jacksonville, FL
Dental needs are personal and intimate, since a person’s smile is such a central aspect of their appearance, and since our jaws, teeth, and gums are inside of our mouths. Many people are intimidated by the lying back, mouth open to the bright lights, barely able to speak vulnerability of the dentist’s chair.
Even if you are a confident patient, you’ll still want your dentist to be a person that you know you can trust and someone you enjoy seeing regularly.
- When looking for a new dentist in Jacksonville, do you know what questions to ask?
- Do you know the range of dental services you are seeking?
- Has it been far too long since your last dental check-up?
- Are you looking for care for just yourself, or for your whole family?
If you need to switch dentists because you are new to the First Coast, or for insurance reasons, or to simply find a better fit for you, read on to learn how to research and choose an excellent dentist’s office in Jacksonville, FL and a dentist with whom you can build a relationship. Finding a great Jacksonville dentist will give you peace of mind. Here’s how to begin…
First, Answer These – 5 Finding a Dentist Near Me Questions for Yourself:
1. Do I know anyone who can recommend a Jacksonville dentist near me?
As you are generating your list of potential dentists, you may begin to wonder how you might receive personal recommendations for area dentists. Here are 3 sources from which to seek dentist recommendations:
A Friend or Family Member Whose Judgement You Trust
A co-worker, a friend, or a family member who lives nearby are all potential community resources to help you find names for your consideration. If they have a provider that they feel great about, you can ask more about their own experience, and get the name of the office, location, and contact information to follow up and learn more.
Dental Office Reviews on the Internet
When it comes to getting advice on most medical issues, the Internet is not always going to be the most accurate source for information. But when looking for help with your dental needs, consumer reviews can be an invaluable resource for general opinion.
You might search “dentists near me” and let a site like Yelp or Google tell you what offices are conveniently located near you and what actual patients have had to say about their experiences at the offices.
Referral From Your Medical Doctor
A dentist that your medical professional trusts with their oral healthcare can carry a strong endorsement. Your Jacksonville doctor also likely shares patients with local dentists, so they may have received feedback about various dentists in the context of situations that require cross-over care.
2. What about dental insurance?
If you have dental insurance, you’ll want to narrow down your list of potential providers by first determining who is in your insurance network. Often preventative care, such as check-ups and cleanings, are covered by dental health insurance.
Your dental healthcare insurer’s website will typically provide a list of providers that are covered by your dental insurance plan.
If you don’t have insurance, be reassured that you do have options that may be more affordable than dental insurance.
Our Farnham Dental Savings Plan is a great way to save on your oral healthcare without the complications of insurance.
How Does Dental Insurance Work?
For a dentist to be considered “In-Network” with a given insurance provider, the dentist is given a fee schedule that specifies the fee limit, as prescribed by the insurance company, for what the dentist may charge per procedure or treatment.
An out-of-network dentist may be willing to work with you on a similar “in-network” fee schedule basis. According to Emergency Dental Care USA, if you request a copy of an agreed-upon fee schedule–insured or not–then you have an overall understanding of what different services cost.
No matter your situation or need, most dental offices will have someone available to answer your questions and show you around the office. If they are unwilling to offer this level of basic initial consult, consider that as a customer service red-flag and move on.
If you’re looking for more information on Farnham Dentistry’s pricing or want to learn more about our dental savings plan, give us a call today – (904) 262-2551
3. Am I looking for a functional dentist?
Functional dentistry is an approach to dental care that emphasizes preventative practices, instead of just fixing tooth problems when they occur. It acknowledges that dentistry is an integral part of overall healthcare. Check out this video from Delta Dental for an overview of functional dentistry.
Many systemic diseases have oral signs and symptoms, so a dentist with a holistic approach may be the first to clue you into other things that are going on elsewhere in your body. They may talk to you about your dietary choices or posture; and because many people see their dentist more often than their general practitioner, this type of relationship with your doctor might be very good for your overall health.
4. What type of dental services will I need?
You may not know exactly what your dental needs will be since no one can predict the future, but look for a multi-specialty office for general versatility and consider the following:
Do you have dental-related sleep pathologies, such as teeth grinding (also called bruxism), jaw clenching or apnea? You’ll want to look for a dentist experienced in these specific areas.
Do you need to replace teeth, or reinvent your smile with whitening or veneers? Since cosmetic dentistry is elective, all the more reason to take your time researching the perfect provider for your needs.
Some offices focus on pediatric dentistry, so if you are looking for care for your child’s teeth, consider looking specifically for a dentist that is also specialized in pediatric dentistry. These DDS’s specialize in the developing mouth and often supply their offices to specifically set children at ease, keep them entertained, and reward their patience and cooperative behavior. Here is an article on pediatric dentistry from Parents Magazine.
Another specialist who most often deals with young people, but can also work with adults is an orthodontist, who treats misaligned teeth. In some cases, dental surgery might require referral to an endodontist or oral/maxillofacial surgeon, but if your office has these specialists on staff, you can be helped in a familiar surrounding and without that extra steps of being referred to another medical office.
This is also true of periodontists, who treat and prevent gum-related diseases, and prosthodontists, who fix and/or replace broken/missing teeth.
Farnham Dentistry is a multi-specialty dental office that is able to handle almost all oral healthcare needs. Our dentists have a wide range of skill sets that allows us to provide most care without outside referrals.
5. Should I care about licensure, certifications, and memberships?
Yes, your dentist should be board certified and hold a current license to operate a dental practice in their state.
Organizational membership can indicate engagement in the field and may help reassure you that your dentist is staying up to date on modern dentistry. The American Dental Associate (ADA) is a common and popular membership. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), the American Academy for Oral Systemic Health (AAOSH), and the Academy of General Dentistry are a few others.
Most all states and membership groups require continuing education for a dentist. You can see a breakdown of each state’s CE requirements here.
6 Questions To Ask During (Or Before!) Your First Dental Appointment
After you have narrowed your list to a few top picks and have looked up those dentist offices’ websites to see what questions are answered there, you will want to follow up with a phone call and/or a site visit to get your final questions answered. Depending on your specific needs and preferences, the “right” answers may vary.
1. Does Your Office Offer Various Dental Specialties?
This is a place to ask about functional dentistry and to find out what various specialties are offered at the practice. There are advantages to having a broad spectrum approach and a versatile practice, for instance, you won’t have to track down referrals and go to a different, perhaps less conveniently located offices to seek treatment if your dentist’s office has several dentists in-house that cover a number of different specialties, such as
- Oral surgery
- Pediatric care
- TMJ treatment
- Sleep apnea
The various specialties among the dentists allow for the office as a whole to offer many different services. Some offices even offer Botox treatments for cosmetic and migraine treatments, and dermal fillers to help minimize pesky facial wrinkles.
2. What Patient Care Goals Does Your Office Prioritize?
Whether or not you have an interest in or access to a functional dentistry practice, you want a dentist who sees your health picture beyond your mouth, and who is interested in maximal preventative care.
Invasive work consumes your time and money and can even pose health risks. Your dentist should be cautious about intensive dental work and should present the attitude that your best friend in dental health is prevention.
3. What is your fee structure and how do you take payment?
Don’t hesitate to ask for a price list that shows in-network and out-of-network prices for all standard procedures. That way, if you need fillings, or the dentist recommends a fluoride treatment or an x-ray, you understand what your visit will cost you, overall.
Some offices may offer you an initial consultation, to review your dental insurance, or to discuss various other options.
For some services, financing or payment plans may be available. If you are seeing your dentist for something more than a standard check-up and cleaning, you always want to know what the work will cost before the work begins.
Don’t be afraid to ask. It’s not rude, it’s prudent.
4. What types of dental procedures are offered in the office and what types require referring out?
As with various specialties, there is a certain convenience to seeing a dentist who can perform a wide range of work in the office, not least of all that it creates a one-stop shopping experience for you.
Some dental practices are even able to manufacture in-house, using machines like CEREC that allow them to make their own dental crowns and bridges at the office rather than sending away for them. This can give patients the significant benefit of receiving same day service for some of these types of services.
If you talk to a potential dentist and they indicate that there are services that they refer out, it’s in your interest to understand to whom and where. You might want to research the specialist(s) as well, and you will want to be reassured that referral situations won’t confront you with arduous commutes, especially if they might require repeat visits.
5. How long has this dental practice been around?
The longer a practice has been around doesn’t guarantee the quality, just as a new dentist doesn’t automatically mean the quality will be lacking.
Some newer dentists may have an edge on the latest methods and technology in dentistry. On the other hand, an established dental office inherently has a lot of experience to stand on; they have learned from working with patients over the years and have had repeat opportunities to see what works, and what doesn’t.
6. What should I do in a dental emergency?
Of course, you hope it won’t happen, but you’ll want to know ahead of time what you should do to receive urgent care from your dentist in the case of a dental emergency. There may be a call service for reporting dental needs outside of regular office hours, and you will want to know the response time from when you leave a message stating your crisis, to when you hear back from your actual dentist.
Trusting that you will receive care when you need it most is an important part of establishing a positive relationship with your dentist. You want to trust that your dentist cares that you don’t want to attend a holiday party or your friend’s wedding with, for example, a broken front tooth.
How to Tell if a Dentist is Wrong for You
From a bad bedside manner to malpractice, there are warning signs you should be on the lookout for when you are shopping for the right professional to trust with the dental health of your family. You should always feel free to ask what things cost, to request copies of your dental records, or to seek a second opinion.
Seeing the office is a good start because a messy office speaks to deeper disorganization. An office should be tidy and welcoming. The bathroom should be clean.
If the staff seem disorganized or are rude, this speaks of an unfavorable workplace. Friendliness and patient consideration are especially important in such an intimate care setting.
You also want your dentist to be open to your questions and considerate of your concerns. If you feel that a dentist’s manner is bossy or authoritative and the message you get when you ask questions is dismissive or “my way or the highway,” take the highway.
If a potential dentist recommends a lot of expensive work out of the gate or seems to be pitching cosmetic dentistry, or if he just gives you a feeling of unease, consider that this dentist may be prioritizing billability over patient care and/or may simply not be right for you. There are many excellent dentists out there, so you shouldn’t settle for a dentist who is wrong for you and your family.
In conclusion, generate a list and determine what it is you are looking for in a dental office and what dental needs you anticipate. Never hesitate to ask a lot of questions, including questions about what you can expect to pay for various services. A patient-centered office will be patient with their patients.
Listen to your gut, and let a good feeling be a good sign and a bad one a red flag. If you feel welcome, heard, respected, and provided for, these are all signs that you are visiting an exceptional dentist’s office– an office you’ll want to return to at least twice a year for your cleanings and checkups.