Cosmetic Dentistry: Many Dentists Provide Gummy Smile Reduction

cosmetic dentistry - gummy smilesWhile the type of cosmetic dentistry treatment for a ‘gummy smile’ may vary per dentist, 54% of the dentists surveyed do provide this service for their dental patients.

“We discuss lip repositioning which is surgical correction, or Botox,which is a short-term fix. If appropriate, we recommend esthetic crown lengthening or gingivectomy,” said one dentist.

In this survey where The Wealthy Dentist asked if dentists are offering treatment specifically for gummy smile reduction, only 35% don’t offer gummy smile reduction.  Another 11% offer other alternatives.

Of the 54% of dentists who answered yes to offering gummy smile reduction, we also asked their preferred treatment.  Here are some of their comments on treatments:

  • “We offer gingivoplasty as treatment.” (Illinois dentist)
  • “We give our patients the option of a modified widman flap.” (Misouri dentist)
  • “Our preferred treatment utilizes computer imaging and a “gum lift” which is often is followed by longer crowns or veneers.” (New York periodontist)
  • “We recommend Botox to drop upper lip.” (General dentist)
  • “The treatment involves a gingivectomy and contouring.” (Oklahoma dentist)
  • “We offer a soft tissue laser for only soft tissue cases.  If they need bone reduction we send them to a periodontist. ” (Kentucky dentist)
  • “We perform laser tissue re-contouring.” (General dentist)
  • “Treatment depends on whether it is ‘delayed’ passive or active eruption and the osseous crest level: CEJ. It’s either a gingivectomy or flap with osseous.” (Arizona periodontist)

To read more on this survey see: Dentists provide ‘gummy smile’ treatments for their dental patients

Cosmetic Dentist Survey: Cost of Tooth Veneers (video)

vineers survey video The cost of dental veneers is much more than what you will pay for tooth whitening, but the results can be far more dramatic.

Cosmetic dentistry can revolutionize a smile, especially if the choice is tooth veneers.

“I think veneers are as technique sensitive as traditional crowns, therefore I charge the same amount.” said a California dentist.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists what their fee is for dental veneers or lumineers.

Click on play to watch the survey video and hear the survey results –

105-Cost_of_Tooth_Veneers.mp4

One of the great things about veneers from a dental management point-of-view is that you are normally placing 4, 6, or 8 (or more) at a time.

If you would like to participate in future dentist surveys, please sign up for The Wealthy Dentist newsletter to cast your own vote.

Wisdom Teeth Removal Fee Analysis

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Wisdom Teeth: specialist fees 39% higher than general practitioners.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists and specialists what their fee is for removing wisdom teeth.

We found that specialist fees are 39% higher than general practitioners.

Some dentists cited the use of sedation as a reason for the increased cost.

“The fact that sedation is used gives patients the feeling that the higher cost at the oral surgeons is worth it!” pointed out a West Virginia dentist.

But others disagreed. “In my area the GP’s fees are generally higher than the specialists because we take longer to do it,” said one California dentist. Another Colorado dentist said, “Usually our fees are about the same as the oral surgeon.”

In this survey, here’s what dentist respondents revealed:

The average cost at a general practice – $483.00
The average cost at a specialist practice – $791.00

And here are some comments:

“If it’s easy like any old extraction, I use the regular extraction fee and the reg code. There’s no “wisdom teeth extraction” code. $575.00 is as high as I go to include flapping, osseous removal, bone graft (if needed) and sutures, poat op, etc…” (New York dentist)

“Our fee depends on if it’s impacted or not and how is it impacted: soft tissue, partial bony, or full bony.”(California dentist)

“It depends on what kind of third molars. Erupted? Soft tissue, partial or full impaction? It makes a difference on the fee charged. Also, if there is a cyst involved.” (Maryland oral surgeon)

“$239.00 is for erupted 3rds that need surgical extractions and $378.00 for horizontal impactions with unusual complications.” (General dentist)

For more on this survey see: Fees For Wisdom Teeth Removal.

Who Else Thinks Dental Marketing Is Dirty? (video)

Who Else Thinks Dental Marketing Is Dirty?Dental marketing programs can bring lots of new patients to a doctors office.

However, some dentists can’t help but feel dirty about themselves and their practices.

As one dentist pointed out, “A restaurant can’t say, ‘We won’t do marketing because we just want to cook good food for people.”

Sighed a prosthodontist,“Marketing is a necessary evil.”

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists if dental marketing was part of their job as a dentist.

There was no shortage of grumbles about what a pain dental marketing can be.

Click on Play to hear these thoughts (and more) from dentists —

What are your thoughts on dental marketing?

Dentists Looking to 2012 for an Economic Upswing

Dentists Looking to 2012 for an Economic UpswingRecent economic reports give U.S. economists hope that 2012 will be an improvement over 2011, and it seems there are many dentists who agree.

“If the economy improves, as it should, we all should do better in 2012!” said one dentist.

In fact, when asked what they expect for 2012, 77% of the dentists who responded to our survey anticipate a better financial picture, while only 23% expect 2012 to be a bad year.

When asked about the past two years, 42% of the dentists said 2011 was economically better than 2010. However, for 40% of dentists, 2011 was economically worse than 2010. 18% saw no difference economically between 2010 and 2011.

Here are some dentist comments:

Dental marketing worked…

“We plan that each year will improve over previous year due to addition of an associate and definitive marketing strategies utilizing the Internet Dental Alliance web sites!” (Oklahoma dentist)

“We didn’t have a better year by mistake. It was due to being proactive and using targeted dental marketing.” (California dentist)

“We streamlined our dental marketing efforts, increased our marketing return on investment, focused more on internal marketing, and tightened our belts on our overall office expenditures. We will end this year with more new patients and economically much better than the previous 3 years. We are riding out the economic storm fairly well.” (Ohio prosthodontist)

“I feel our picture is 50% real and 50% what’s in our head. If we stay positive and use services like yours we can make our results better than average. How much better depends on our head and the help we get.” (Urgent care dentist)

Implementing new strategies helped …

“We are staying afloat because we offer a very wide-range of services for a General Dentist – Invisalign, Sedation, Implant placement and restoration, CEREC, most Endo, Perio, and Oral Surgery. Without this broad offering, we would be doing much worse.” (General dentist)

“We are down 5% but we completely remodeled our office doubling our space, had 5 of 8 staff members pregnant, losing 4 of them, worked through the construction dust and noise, and were still only down 5%, so I am happy with 5% downturn. I look forward to 2012.” (California dentist)

“In order to turn things around, I have completely had to change my practice. I have a management group I am now using and am revamping office systems. We are working hard to maintain the high level of care we have always offered, but am now participating as “in network” with dental insurance, and am now thinking about profit centers and time management. We are trying for a balance that doesn’t diminish our ability to do awesome dentistry, but it will be more difficult with the restrictions that insurance companies place on treatment. Illinois has been hit hard by the economy, with the “reported” unemployment level finally getting down under 11% for the 1st time in 3 years in December with the seasonal Christmas hirings. The actual unemployment is around 21%.” (Illinois dentist)

“I spent time creating additional avenues of wealth.” (General dentist)

“I will continue as I have through thick and thin, modifying as I see necessary, continuing to update skills, and taking very good care of my patients. While this year was a downturn, compared to many of my local peers, it was truly a minor one.” (South Carolina dentist)

“I am dropping Delta Premier. I tried it this year and I can’t give that 25-35 percent discount.” (Illinois dentist)

Looking to 2012 for relief …

“Our goal is to increase by 30% in 2012.” (New Jersey dentist)

“The first half of 2011 was the best ever. The second half saw a decrease relative to 2010. The trend is for 2012 to be flat, so I am playing it very conservative right now.” (Virginia dentist)

“They must improve in 2012!” (General dentist)

“In 2012 I definitely need to change how I do business in regards to PPOs. I use to be an all fee-for-service practice. That dwindled, and now I am busy, but not profitable. (California dentist)

“If President Obama loses we’ll see a much better economy.” (General dentist)

The Wealthy Dentist would like to thank all the doctors and specialists who have participated in our dental surveys over the past year. We find your insights and comments invaluable and we appreciate the time you take to offer feedback.

We wish all of you a very prosperous 2012!

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