Dental One Associates of Columbia
10630 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 410, Columbia, MD 21044

How to Find the Best Dentists in Your Area

Dentist Selection

Plenty of qualified local dentists in Columbia are eager to gain your business and help you improve your dental health, but how do you know which one is the best fit for you and your family? Before finding a dentist in Columbia, understand the types of care available. A general or family dentist is designated as either a Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) or a Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD). Either can perform basic dental exams, routine diagnoses, and treatment and preventative care. You may also encounter specialized practitioners like orthodontists, periodontists, and endodontists. Many clinics also employ dental assistants, who are qualified to help during procedures and set up anesthesia, and dental hygienists, who perform dental cleanings. If you’re not sure what a particular dentist is qualified to do, don’t hesitate to ask.

12 Tips for Finding Qualified, Affordable Dentists

  1. Determine the length of time the dentist has been practicing.
  2. Ask about the dentist’s experience, education, and credentials, especially if you need specific types of dental care such as cosmetic or pediatric dentistry.
  3. Find out how the dentist refers patients when the work required exceeds their capabilities.
  4. Before making a commitment to a particular dentist, explore the available treatment options and procedures that would solve your dental problem, and compare which treatments are offered by different dentists.
  5. Ask the dentist if he or she participates in continuing education.
  6. Determine how the dentist handles after-hours and weekend emergencies.
  7. Ask what options are offered to improve patient comfort. Examples include conscious sedation, nitrous oxide, pre-medication, music, and heating pads.
  8. Ask the dentist if dental lasers or other advanced technologies are utilized at the practice.
  9. If you are considering cosmetic procedures, ask to view before-and-after photos of previous patients.
  10. Determine the costs of any treatments and procedures you may need; anesthesia and facility fees may be billed separately.
  11. Ask about payment options for out-of-pocket expenses.
  12. Visit or talk with the dentist’s staff. Choosing a dentist with a friendly, knowledgeable staff will improve your quality of care.

To get the dental care you deserve from an affordable dentist in Columbia, call Dental One Associates of Columbia today at (410) 346-2350 or make an appointment.

Dental One Associates offers affordable family dentistry and gentle, compassionate dental care in Columbia. With 12 affiliated practices throughout Maryland, our offices are conveniently located with extended hours to meet your needs. At Dental One Associates of Columbia, 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 Dental One Associates of Columbia.

Read What Our Patients Say
Patient Reviews
No wait time, friendly staff and professional care.
Jennifer B.
State-of-the-art facility with all the most advanced technology and knowledgeable dentists. Recommended treatment plans are laid out and an easy-to-follow matter with complete explanations
Yolanda T.
The dental surgeon was very straightforward with everything. His assistants were very helpful and kept me at ease
Jessica M.
My hygienist Seema is thorough yet gentle and always concerned about my comfort. I’m fortunate to have Seema and Dr. Wright.
Michelle H.
Started on time; very professional care.
Charles P.
Everyone is always friendly and helpful. The hygienists often even remember me, even though they only see me twice a year and probably see a ton of patients in that time. So that makes you feel like […]
Lorin S.
My Hygienist was patient, and pleasant. I felt at ease and not tensed as I had before.
Keith F.
I have been with Dr. Pahk and Maxine since 2015. Although I haven’t visit in some time, everything from waiting in the room to being seen was exactly how I want to be treated. Both Pahk and […]
Liann C.
Caring dentists. Accessible when I need services.
Wardell L.
very thorough dental work
Stephen B.
Friendly knowledgeable staff, it is a pleasure to visit
Joann J.
Deanna is why I come back. Hands down, the best dental hygienist in town. She rocks!
Les S.
Dr. Asher is amazing, calm & trustworthy when I was anxious about my procedure.
Katrina B.
When I first began coming to the office I was very apprehensive about going to the dentist due to previous bad experiences. However, my attitude has completely changed since coming to dental one at […]
Bryant F.
Experience has been positive.
Thomas T.
Friendly, professional, competent service
Robert S.
Another great visit @ Dental One. Kudos to my dental hygienist Maxine for her being so good at what she does. She has a clear passion for patient care and well-being, and really enjoys her job. She […]
Jeffrey K.
My hygienist is awesome
Vicki J.
Always had great experiences there.
Brian B.
I think Dr. Pak is a special person & has a great rapport with his patients
Charl W.
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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 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed
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  • Phone: (410) 346-2350
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