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?

Pediatric Dentistry: Most Dentists Treat Kids

Pediatric dentistsMost dentists treat pediatric patients, found our recent survey. Ninety-five percent treat teens, and two out of three treat kids under 6.

“Pedodontists make their money the old fashioned way – they earn it!” opined one general dentist.

“I love caring for kids,” said one dentist, while another said, “I break out in hives when I treat anyone under 18.”

Here’s what else dentists had to say about children’s dentistry:Children's dentistry

  • “If you treat children like gold, you’ll see their mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, and grandparents as well!” (Virginia dentist)
  • “Life is too short.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “If they can be reasoned with and kept calm with nitrous, I’ll treat them. I don’t treat anyone that is screaming and crying, and I don’t care how old they are!! Be calm, or take drugs!!” (Michigan dentist)
  • “It seems like parents readily spend money on their kids but compromise on themselves if required.” (Endodontist)
  • “If you do not enjoy treating them, then don’t! They know you do not like it and they get traumatized.” (Illinois pediatric dentist)

Read more: Dentistry for Children Offered by Most Dental Practices

BPA Safety in Dental Sealants Worries Some Dentists (video)

BPA safety concerns about dental sealants and compositeOne dentist in four reports being very concerned about the issue of bisphenol-A (the problem chemical in water bottles and baby bottles) in dental composite and dental sealants in this survey.

Because children may be particularly sensitive to the hormone-like effects of BPA, this issue is of particular concern for the pediatric dentist.

Read more: Bisphenol-A in Dental Composite Worries Dentists

Your Dentist Is Probably Also a Pediatric Dentist (video)

Pediatric dentists offer family dentistryBeing a pediatric dentist isn't so different from being a general dentist. In this survey, we found that 86% of dentists say their practices offer pediatric dentistry. Only 14% said they do not treat children under age 14.

“We treat kids, but most of our dental marketing is geared toward adults 35-65," said one dentist. "We don't turn kids away, but we don't encourage them either."

"Family dentistry is more fun!" declared a pediatric dentist. "Dentistry for children leads to orthodontics which leads to wisdom teeth which leads into restorative and cosmetic dentistry."

Read more about pediatric dentists: Does your dental practice encourage pediatric patients?

Kids’ Dental Health Related to Mom’s

Mothers with untreated tooth decay are twice as likely to have children who do too.

That’s according to a new study that was published in the Journal of Dental Research. Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco looked at the oral health of 179 mothers and 389 children.

This highlights the role of parental dental health in pediatric dentistry. In addition, parents may be more likely to treat tooth decay and gum disease if they realize it may negatively impact their children’s dental health.

Read more: Mums who neglect teeth impact on kids’ oral health

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