Dentists Disappointed by Dental Graduates

Dental school graduates disappoint dentistsWhen it comes to dental school graduates, only one dentist in two is satisfied. Overall, dentists graded recent dental graduates at about a C+.

Half of survey respondents report that they are “satisfied” (33%) or “very satisfied” (17%). On the other hand, half are “seriously disappointed” (22%) or “mostly unimpressed” (28%).

Here’s what dentists have to say about dental school graduates – both in terms of dental practice management savvy and clinical know-how:

  • “I feel that a lot of the graduates of dental school do not have the work ethic that my group has, and they expect to be making a six figure income straight out of school!!” (Alabama dentist)
  • “Clinical requirements for graduation have been decreasing significantly, and students now are not getting the same education and experience students did 10 years ago.  Most receive little to no dental implant education and little experience with dentures.” (Ohio prosthodontist)
  • “Too many don’t know how to do the procedures required once in practice.  With us old guys being their backup, they continue to work… but as we retire, the skills we teach them are lost to them.”
  • “Texas has three fine dental school with state of the art equipment.” (Texas dentist)
  • “I think it is a shame that some state schools accept an inordinate number of international students over qualified in-state students, frankly because they can charge the former increased tuitions.”

Read more: Dental School Graduates Disappoint Dentists

Dental School Admissions: Male vs Female Applicants (video)

Many dentists would approve of gender profiling at dental schools – that is, of favoring male dental student applicants under the theory that will, statistically, more work total hours over the course of their careers. But the slight majority oppose giving preference based on gender.

“Live with it, people,” declared a male orthodontist. “Discrimination in any form is un-American.”

“I’m a little surprised that this topic has come into the open view, but it is undeniable,” offered another dentist. “The profession is losing manpower hours at a time when there’s a call to serve more people.”

Read more – Gender and Dental School Admissions: Dentist Survey Results

Percentage of Wisdom Teeth Removals Performed by Dentists (video)

Percentage of Wisdom Teeth Removals Performed by Dentists (video)The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists what percentage of wisdom teeth removal they refer out to an oral surgeon.

Not surprisingly, general dentists and dental specialists have very different profiles when it comes to referring patients.

Specialists were sharply divided; 17% refer less than 20%, while 73% refer all extractions. General dentists were less polarized. Half refer out 80% or more.

On the other hand, one in four (24%) treat most extractions, referring less than 20% of cases.

Not all general dentists are eager to remove wisdom teeth. “That’s what oral surgeons are for,” exclaimed a California dentist who refers out all removals. “Let those who do these procedures routinely, do them as they will do it better than I who used to do them occasionally. People do not rush to my office because I take out teeth really well,” said a general dentist. “Oral surgeons do this day in and day out, they have the expertise to extract third molars faster and with less trauma to the patient,” agreed a Texas orthodontist.

In the end, it all comes down to anesthesia for many dental practitioners – oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. “I believe it is a surgical procedure and it should be done under general anesthesia by the person best qualified,” said a Texas dentist who refers out all removals. “I treat my patient, not my wallet. Dentists who take out the upper and then send out for lower are the biggest frauds in the world. It makes no sense. If a patient is going to sleep why not let the oral surgeon do all four?”

Watch the following video to hear the results of the survey and what other dentists had to say about referring out wisdom teeth removals –

What are your thoughts?  Do you refer out wisdom teeth removals to oral surgeons?

Dentists Reveal Typical Fee for Dental Hygiene Appointments

Dentists Reveal Typical Fee for Dental Hygiene Appointments Recent dental reports reveal that the number of dental hygiene visits are at an all-time low in the U.S.

Could cost be a factor in dental patients skipping this important oral care check up?

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey of dentists to see what a typical fee is for a dental hygiene appointment with dental exam and x-rays. The survey results found that the average fee dentists charge is $195.00.

“I charge $149.00 and that’s cheap, but some patients still complain,” said a Georgia general dentist. “I also take a PAN every 3 years which is $85.00, $24.00 for Fl2 too if they have it.”

Among the survey results, 35% of dentist respondents charge $150.00 or less for hygiene appointments with dental exam and x-rays, making it relatively affordable to most dental patients, while less than 5% of the dentists charge over $250.00.

“We decided that our fee should be about the number that most women spend on hair appointments per year,” said a Washington dentist. “We imposed our values on them — one should value their teeth as much as hair. We lost about 20% of our patients. This was about 5 years ago.”

Fees for this dental service ranged from $80.00 to $400.00 depending on where the dental practice was located. One respondent from Canada reported a fee of $20.00, with fees under $100.00 being reported by dentists in the southern U.S. states. Urban dentists charged the most for this service, with one Massachusetts periodontist quoting $400.00, but stressed that this fee included exam fmx and perio charting.

Additional survey findings included comments about how dental insurance has changed what insurance will cover, thus increasing the patient’s portion of the fee. One Pennsylvania dentist wrote, “United Concordia no longer pays for reriapical with BWs. Must be done at NC for partic provid.”

Dentists, what is your fee for dental hygiene appointments and what does that include?

A Day-in-the-Life of a Dental Student

A Day-in-the-Life of a Dental Student Dentists, are you curious if dental school has changed very much since you graduated?

Today’s Friday random video features Clint, a 2nd-year dental student, who explains what a typical day is like at dental school.

Clint is attending the University of Minnesota’s school of Dentistry.

The University of Minnesota was established in 1851, and it took over the Minnesota College Hospital in 1888 in order to establish its own Department of Medicine. Its Dental School, originally a part of that Department, was separated off in 1892, and in 1932 it took the name of the School of Dentistry. (Wikipedia)

Early students used a dental hand-piece driven by a foot pedal and made some of their own laboratory and clinical instruments in class. A lot has changed with dentistry since then…

Enjoy reliving dental school with Clint, and a day in the life of a dental student —

Dentists, what is your favorite memory of dental school?


© 2017, The Wealthy Dentist - Dental Marketing - All Rights Reserved - Dental Website Marketing Site Map

The Wealthy Dentist® - Contact by email - Privacy Policy

P.O. Box 1220, Tiburon, CA 94920

The material on this website is offered in conjunction with MasterPlan Alliance.

Copyright 2017 Du Molin & Du Molin, Inc. All rights reserved. If you would like to use material from this site, our reports, articles, training programs
or tutorials for use in any printed or electronic media, please ask permission first by email.