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
Friendly, efficient, and knowledgeable
Serica E.
Teri always does a great job and is very pleasant.
William C.
The professionalism and courtesy of the people I met there. The rooms were set out in a useful and comfortable way and the people not only know their job, but they value the customers.
Marianne H.
The service was excellent from the moment I walked in. The entire staff had a genuine, welcoming smile and seemed to care about every client. I have rarely seen such authentic friendliness and caring […]
Lori H.
Great experience for our grandson. He goes back and has never complained about anything. We also took our 3 son’s there.
Kimberly H.
The gentle care given and the wonderful people that work there.
Gretchen M.
Terry is very thorough and friendly and makes the experience very pleasant.
Julia E.
Took our 3 yr old for her first visit and they were great with her.
Paula R.
Friendly office, great service.
Janet B.
Professionalism and friendliness
Vicente H.
The staff was friendly and efficient.
Hannah A.
Your office staff was friendly and helpful. I was treated like a valued guest in your office.
Deanna G.
The receptionist was very kind. The hygienist was very easy to talk to and informative. The dentist took the time to examine my teeth and make sure I knew the problems I was having.
Kurt K.
Dr. Stakem is very kind. I have had a lot of work done lately and it has been quick and painless.
Tracey K.
The doctor and her assistant were great. I had a reaction to the lidocaine and they took care of me in a very comforting way!
Janus H.
Wife in wheelchair, staff goes out of way to help her.
Jeanette C.
My son has braces from the Dental center, and my daughter might be next. What makes this place awesome for my kid’s dental health, is because of Doctor Richard L. Cohen. He is good with kids, […]
Sayela W.
Friendly staff and a job well done
Jayson F.
They are good at their jobs. They get you in quick and are friendly and professional.
Stormi G.
I have come to you for years and am very happy with the service
Kathleen V.
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
Get in touch:
  • Phone: (574) 367-7000
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