Dentist Work Week: Dental Management Survey Video

Dentist work week survey videoThe typical dentist work week includes a lot of hours, with doctors working both as dental care practitioners and in dental practice management.

According to the American Dental Association, most dentists work a four day work week. While half of the dentists in this survey said they work four days a week at their dental practice, one in three works five or more days a week.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey discuss the typical dentist work week in this video.

“I now find it necessary to work on Fridays at another clinic,” said a Texas dentist. “My own practice has slowly declined in production since 2008.”

A North Carolina oral surgeon said, “I try to be more flexible with my office hours to accommodate patients’ work schedules.”

“I’ve been working more hours, partly because of economy, and partly due to decreases in contractual reimbursements from Delta Dental,” complained a Washington dentist. “We have had no fee increases from Delta in past three years, and they reduced our dental insurance reimbursements 15%. If you consider that overhead is probably around 70%, this 15% decrease represents about a 35% decrease in my net income from my practice.”

What is your standard dentist work week? Has the economy changed how much you work?

Choosing a Dental Career (video)

Dental career dentist survey videoA dental career can be richly rewarding… or a source of near-constant frustration.

When The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if they would still want to be a dentist if they could do it all over again, two out of three said they would still choose dentistry. One in three said that, knowing what they know now, they would change professions.

“I love being a dentist. I have been practicing over 40 years, and I look forward to going to work every day,” said an Oklahoma dentist.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey discuss dentists’ thoughts on choosing a dental career in this video.

“I make a nice living, but I would not do this again. I would rather be a plumber!” declared a Minnesota dentist.

Said an Arizona dentist, “I enjoy cosmetic dentistry, and my practice has evolved into a boutique-type office with a connection to overall health. I love it!”

“Being a dentist has been a true disappointment to a lifelong dream. I acquired an extreme amount of debt, I’m disillusioned and exhausted, and, frankly, it doesn’t pay enough for the abuse,” complained an Alabama dentist. “I just do not enjoy it!”

What would you advise a young person considering a career in dentistry?

Braces: Dentists Share Their Orthodontic Experiences (video)

Dental braces dentist survey video

Adult braces, Invisalign, and teen braces are all popular orthodontic treatments.
And dentists don’t just provide dental braces; they’re also patients.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a dental survey asking dentists if they personally have had braces, if any of their children had them, and if they had any further thoughts on their personal braces experience.

“I had teen braces, and I had them as an adult too, and my teeth still moved,” said a Texas dentist.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey discuss dentists’ experiences with braces and orthodontia in this video.

“They have become readily accepted and allow us to provide beautiful smiles and proper occlusions for patients of all ages,” declared a Michigan dentist.

“I wish I did not get them when I was younger,” said a Louisiana dentist. “Four bicuspids were removed, and it ruined my smile.”

“I had regular brackets and arch wire braces at age 40. Like many younger patients, I did not wear my retainer and had relapse,” said a Kentucky dentist. “I had Invisalign ortho at age 50 and loved it compared to brackets and arch wires. I continue to wear my Invisalign retainer going on 8 years now.”

What are your thoughts? Any personal experiences you’d care to share?

Tooth Whitening Patient Value, According to Dentists

Tooth whitening patient value for dentistsThe value of a tooth whitening patient can vary significantly from practice to practice. Of course, this has a lot to with the teeth whitening options each dentist offers.

In The Wealthy Dentist's most recent survey, dentists reported an average production of about $450 per patient. Values ranged from $200 up to $700.

Tooth whitening patients may well end up needing additional dentistry. This can further increase their dental patient value.

Teeth whitening is an introduction to cosmetic dentistry for many patients. In addition, while cosmetics may bring a new patient into the dental practice, general and restorative dentistry can keep them there for years.

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Dental License Frustrations Among Dentists (video)

Dental license dentist survey videoDental licensing can be a major professional frustration among dentists. A dentist may feel tethered to their state by their dental license.

“I am licensed in 4 states, and it is truly a nightmare process!” lamented a Pennsylvania dentist. “From fingerprinting to accounting for every month of my 35-year dental career, the system is broken.”

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if they are satisfied with the current system of dental licensing in the U.S. Only one in five dentists say they like the dental licensing system as it stands.

Fully 61% would prefer a universal system of licensure by credentials instead.

Watch Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey discuss dental licenses in this video.

“Dental licensing should be national, not state-based, just like medical licenses,” declared a New York dentist. “Many states do not offer licensing by reciprocity, making licensing difficult for licensed dentists wanting to move to those states.”

“I recently retired from my NY practice of 42 years and moved to NC where I wanted to practice part time,” said a general dentist. “The choices I had forced me to be retested on Jurisprudence and a sterilization/infection control exam. The entire process took well over a year. I had to be fingerprinted, obtain dental school scores, etc. I finally ended up with a limited volunteer license which allows me to volunteer my time at one of the state clinics. If I had wanted to get a regular license, I would have had to pay $3500 with the assurance from me that I would use the license within one year or forfeit it. Can’t there be a simpler way for a retired dentist to volunteer his time?”

Read more: Dentist Survey Finds Dental Licensing Laws Archaic

What are your thoughts on dental licensure?


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