You need to find someone who listens to your concerns and that you trust to make the best recommendation for your situation. You need to find if the philosophy of the dentist is similar to yours.
For example, if you believe it is important to save all teeth whenever possible and that less is more when it comes to dentistry, you want to find a dentist who uses less invasive procedures first but is ready to go the distance when you need more advanced forms of dentistry for tooth restoration.
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Confidence comes from communication. Look for a dentist who is willing to explain the problem and the options available to you. He must be prepared to discuss the pros and cons of all the options and help you make the most informed decision based on all aspects of your needs. If problems with the best option, the dentist should discuss alternative treatment for your situation, instead of trying to push you in the first option.
Since dental technology constantly updated, you want to find a dentist that continues to grow educationally with changing developments in dentistry. To find out if your candidates attend lectures and courses on a regular basis to keep abreast of new developments. Dentists should be aware of the drawbacks and benefits of changes in the dental world.