Dr. James R. Mattingly DDS Industry Info

(925) 388-6998
130 La Casa Via, Suite 202
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Walnut Creek dentist Dr. James R. Mattingly
Trust your dentist, but be your own health advocate.

When you visit a dentist, your first mission is to ask questions, says Walnut Creek-based dentist Dr. James R. Mattingly DDS. If you feel your dentist is not thoroughly explaining your diagnosis, it might be time to find a new one. “As a patient, you should feel empowered to make informed decisions about your treatment,” he says.

The best dentists have advanced equipment that lets them photograph the inside of a patient’s mouth and share the image during the appointment. For cosmetic procedures, ask to see before and after photos of work the dentist has personally done. Ask whether the dentist does these procedures on a regular basis. If you’re concerned, you can even request the names of prior patients who might be willing to serve as references. Ask them how things went, whether they were satisfied with the outcome, and whether the procedure was painful.

Needless to say, Dr. Mattingly recommends everyone see a dentist regularly for routine cleanings and examinations. “It’s never too late,” he says. “Don’t ignore real or suspected problems, even if you’re not currently in pain. The longer you wait, the worse things could get.”