Cosmetic Dentistry Still Tops the List of Services Dentists Offer

Cosmetic Dentistry Still Tops the List of Services Dentists OfferWhen asked what services their dental practice offers, the dentists who responded with cosmetic dentistry were the clear majority in this survey.

More aging baby boomers are turning to cosmetic dentistry to improve the appearance of their teeth, which may explain the increase in demand for cosmetic dentistry services.

Dental implants are the most popular dental treatment among this demographic for the replacement of damaged or missing teeth.

A California dentist shared, “More than half of our practice is dental implants now!”

Here at The Wealthy Dentist, we were curious what services dentists are currently offering. The top services offered by dentists who responded to this survey are cosmetic, tooth whitening, dental implants, dentures, and children’s dentistry.

Here’s a breakdown of the services dentists are offering —

List of Services Dentists Offer

Dentists were disappointed that other services were not included in this survey, like Botox, oral cancer screenings, or offering custom mouthguards for patient athletes.

One prosthodontist noted, “Oral cancer screening and testing was not on the survey list. Also, it would be interesting to know how many offices provide Botox.”

A general dentist responded that he now offers same day service for CEREC restorations as part of his dental practice services.

Another dentist answered tongue-in-cheek, “I don’t offer gum disease, I treat it.”

What dental services does your dental practice offer? Has the demand for cosmetic dentistry increased?

Where is your dental marketing focused?

Dental Survey Reveals Dentists Hesitant To Raise Fees

Dental Survey Reveals Dentists Hesitant To Raise FeesAre dentists raising their treatment fees to keep ahead of the rising dental practice management costs?  A new The Wealthy Dentist survey aimed to find out.

The survey asked dentists when was the last time they raised their treatment fees.  One California dentist responded, “Expenses seem to keep going up. So must fees.”

In fact, many dentists have decided not to run small private practices due to rising costs and administrative hassles, but instead choose to join larger dental management groups so they can spend less time dealing with the administrative side of a dental practice and spend more time treating their dental patients.

Here’s how the dentists responded:

  • 9% raised their fees 5 years ago.
  • 20% raised their fees 3 years ago.
  • 20% raised their fees 2 years ago.
  • 35% raised their fees 1 year ago.
  • 16% raised their fees 6 months ago.

The reason many dentists don’t like to raise fees is the fear that they will lose patients. Combine this fear with the fact that most Americans don’t budget for dental care and you find a lot of dentists who need to raise their fees but won’t.

Here’s what the dentists in this survey told us:

“We are still waiting for the economy to stabilize. Too many of our patients are still unemployed or without insurance coverage. I also discount my fees more than ever before.” (Texas dentist)

“I know I need to raise them but people are constantly complaining of cost. Treatment acceptance is down. Maybe it my own fault but I worry that revenue will decrease further if I do it.” (Georgia dentist)

“It’s tough to raise fees in such a depressed economy.” (Illinois dentist)

“That’s a hard one. Our cash clients are watching prices closely.” (Nevada dentist)

“We only raised a few selected fees and decreased the amount of discounts.” (California dentist)

“I am stuck with fees for insurance plans, therefore unable to raise fees easily.” (New york dentist)

“Managed care destroys fee increases.” (Virginia oral surgeon)

“I know I should be doing it more often.” (Tennessee dentist)

“Inflation from gas and food prices is on the way, so the time to raise fees is now.” (New York endodontist)

“I do not raise fees often enough!” (North Dakota dentist)

“What is the point, if dental insurance dictates reimbursement?” (Missouri dentist)

“Fees need to be reviewed annually. Not necessarily raised but reviewed.” (General dentist)

“We do it annually right before staff reviews.” (Pennsylvania dentist)

“They will probably be raised next year, but I will wait until after Presidential election. If Obama wins fees will have to go up…” (General dentist)

It’s important for dentists to take a look at their fee structure annually and make adjustments accordingly — even during a tough economy. What are your thoughts, dentists?

When was the last time you raised your fees and what impact did it have on your dental practice?

Cosmetic Dentistry Survey: Do You Offer Gummy Smile Reduction?

take the TWD dental survey Dentists: please participate in our survey on gummy smile treatment.

As part of The Wealthy Dentist dialogue on dental practice management and marketing, we offer weekly surveys and invite your participation.

In order to understand different perspectives on the dental industry, we have developed surveys to canvas a broad and diverse group of dental practices on their view of the dental business, what constitutes current good practice in the care of dental patients and what should be discussed on The Wealthy Dentist.

The information collected will be used to prepare articles for The Wealthy Dentist readership.

The survey should take no more than a few minutes to complete –

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