The Dental Center of South Bend
1005 East LaSalle Avenue, South Bend, IN 46617

Helpful Tips for Finding a Dentist

Dentist Selection

When you need to find a dentist who is part of your insurance plan’s network, a little homework can produce the best results. Before entrusting your dental health to someone you’ve never met, consider asking friends, relatives, and coworkers for their recommendations. If you’re new to the area and don’t know anyone, finding the best affordable dentists can be a challenge, but the following tips can help you narrow your selections to qualified dentists who meet your family’s needs.

The first step in finding a dentist in South Bend is to determine your basic priorities. Ask yourself the following questions about prospective dentists to weed out those who don’t meet your criteria.

  • Is the dentist convenient to my home, work, or school?
  • Does the dentist meet my specific requirements, such as offering conscious sedation or providing handicap accessibility?
  • Does the dentist participate in my insurance plan?
  • Does the dentist offer payment options for out-of-pocket expenses?

Once you’ve narrowed your selection to several local dentists in South Bend, ask more specific questions about each dentist. You can conduct most of this research over the phone, and it will be a good way to determine if a clinic’s office staff is courteous, knowledgeable, and helpful.

  • What education, credentials, and experience does the dentist have?
  • Does the dentist offer the latest advanced treatments and technologies?
  • What can I expect during the first appointment?
  • Will the dentist discuss my options and procedure costs before performing any work?
  • How does the dentist handle after-hours and weekend emergencies?

When you’re satisfied with the answers from a particular dentist, make an appointment. The first visit will determine if you feel comfortable with the dentist and office staff. You should be at ease with your chosen dentist, so if you aren’t satisfied, don’t compromise.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in South Bend, call The Dental Center of South Bend today at (574) 367-7000 or make an appointment.

The Dental Center offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in South Bend. With 4 affiliated practices throughout Indiana, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At The Dental Center of South Bend, we provide most dental services, from basic preventative care and general dentistry to specialized procedures and complete dental reconstruction. We accept most dental insurance plans and offer affordable financial solutions for any budget. Patient satisfaction is our top priority and we strive to provide the exceptional, affordable dental care and personal touch that lead to lasting relationships. A smiling patient is our greatest reward and we look forward to keeping those smiles healthy, beautiful, and bright. Discover an affordable dentist who truly cares at The Dental Center of South Bend.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
I had a great experience at the dental center. They are flexible with appointment times and the staff (front desk, hygienists, and doctors) is very […]
Anonymous
Very nice, helped me supa fast
Susan J.
excellent and courteous service
Joseph V.
Great service and excellend customer service provided by staff.
Ariel E.
Quick in job done without any pain
Eric W.
I had an excellent experience.
Jamie T.
The people are friendly and courteous and the work on my tooth was completed in a timely manner.
Tricia W.
No wait time, Very helpful and informative as to the procedure and what to expect. Excellent staff and dentist.
Anonymous
Outstanding caring people, always know me by name also.
Kevin S.
Everyone very courteous and professional as well as friendly!
Lisa R.
As always excellent service from hygenist, Becky.
Rebecc D.
Excellent service provided by hygienist Becky W.
Rebecc D.
Love this office. Everyone treats you great
Gayle B.
While I did have a couple of resin fills fall out, I don't believe that was the fault of the technician (my bad). They were replaced right away and […]
Timothy F.
They are very helpful and friendly..
Rena M.
Dentist at the dental center are there to help you, not tell you things are wrong just to get more money out of you. They are all very friendly and […]
Rikki T.
I have always had good service there . Been going there for about 15- 20 years
Ronald P.
I was in pain over the weekend. I called Monday morning and they got me right in on Monday afternoon to take care of my very bad tooth pain. Thank […]
Jason P.
Dr.Madu was very considerate of my level of comfort.
Peggy M.
Marge always pleasant an professional. I only use her for my cleanings.
Kevin S.
Everyone there is great!
Christin A.
The staff was very courteous and nice. The service I received was very good. My wait time was minimal.
Marvin J.
I love coming here! Fast, great work and painless!
Braedon T.
Very pleasant experience
Anonymous
Friendly, professional, and caring.
Mary B.
Had an emergency on my front tooth! Not only did they get me in right away but also worked quickly to get me a flipper tooth (in a day and a half)! […]
Angelia Y.
I had a wonderful experience. I arrived early and was informed that the hygienist was out sick and they apologized for it. They offered to reschedule […]
Jacqueline S.
For my first time at this practice, everyone was very nice and courteous..I felt like they really care
Treviea W.
Friendly and caring staff. Always helpful with questions or concerns.
Richell K.
This morning at 8:30 I called for an appointment for what I thought was a cracked tooth. I had never been a patient there before, they got me in with […]
Amy darnell
One of the best dentist appt I have been to
Leah N.
Very reasonable prices for people without dental insurance, courteous fast service!
Ryan K.
Marge was very good. She is an excellent dental heigist. So very glad I have her caring for my health and teeth. Thank you, Marge great job!
Sue B.
Very kind and professional people work here. My experience was very good.
Joan W.
My procedure took 4 hours, mainly because there was only 1 dentist and he had to handle many patients while I sat in the chair. There was more down […]
Jane B.
I appreciate the attentiveness and friendliness of the Dental Centers personnel. I feel they are interested in my dental and overall health.
Michael A.
Friendly & excellent service !!
Don H.
Got in on time and everything went well.
Judy J.
Overall good impression. Got what I was expecting.
Lila K.
Very professional & expert care, and only discomfort that I deserved. Great people.
Anonymous
Very thorough and professional.
Jacquelin C.
very nice service in a timly manner
Larry C.
Been going to this clinic for almost two years now. I have enjoyed my experiences with this clinic and I am thankful to them.
Jamie T.
Overall good experience.
Sherry D.
Even an extraction is no problem.
Michael A.
By far the best experience I have ever had while having to get a filling replaced.
Tammy W.
very professional
Anonymous
I find the people in this office to be friendly and professional.
Steven S.
Fast and painless!
Kelly T.
My hygienist was excellent and very professional
Soneka W.
We Accept Most Insurance Plans!
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We accept most insurance plans and will be happy to help you understand the coverage that you have. We will do our best to see that you receive your maximum insurance benefits for all covered services.

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Office Hours
  • Monday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (574) 367-7000
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