Dentists, Sports Cars & Porsches (video)

Dentists drive sports carsDentists all drive Porsches! Well, not quite, but 60% of dentists responding to this survey admitted they have owned a sports car.

And fully one in four dentists in this survey has owned a Porsche.

“I don’t drive mine to the office,” sighed one orthodontist. “I can’t afford the gas.” Agreed a pediatric dentist, “Nice cars, poor investments.”

“I race a Formula One car,” shared an oral surgeon. “I find it is a great outlet and love the sport!”

“Why would a dentist be any different from anyone else, like a dental consultant or a contractor?” asked one dentist. “People like and buy what they want.”

Read more: Sports Cars and the Dentists Who Drive Them

Pediatric Sedation Dentistry (Survey Video)

Pediatric sedation dentistry dentist survey videoPediatric sedation dentistry can be a valuable part of children’s dentistry.

In this survey of dentists, 68% say they are in favor of children’s sedation dentistry. Note that when we asked the same question in 2010, only 52% were in favor.

“It requires extensive training and case selection is very important,” warned a pediatric dentist.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey discuss what dentists think about pediatric sedation dentistry:

“At our office, an MD anesthesiologist provides sedation while I perform the dentistry,” said a Missouri dentist.

“I have been doing all forms of sedation for over 30 years,” said a Texas periodontist. “Young children are very brittle and administration requires advanced training for the safest outcomes.”

“It’s the only way to treat some kids,” sighed a Georgia dentist. “I sure am thankful that I can refer to someone who does it as I would not want the liability and stress myself!”

It’s important to remember that kids are dental patients too! And sedation dentistry is a real boon to many dental patients.

Do you have any further thoughts on pediatric sedation dentistry?

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?

Dental Management Companies: Dentist Survey Video

Dental management companies dentist survey videoDental management companies can be useful, but many dentists feel they cross a line with dental practice ownership.

We conducted a survey asking dentists if they agree or disagree with the statement that, “Only dentists should own dental practices.”

Fully 89% of the dentists responding to this survey agree that dental practice ownership should be reserved for dentists, not dental management companies or private investors.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey discuss dentists’ thoughts on dental management companies in this video.

“Corporate dentistry is here,” acknowledges a California orthodontist, “but only a dentist should be allowed to own a practice or corporation. They will more likely to put the patients’ best interest first, before corporate profits to shareholders and investors.”

“Dentistry is becoming a commodity, just like a loaf of bread,” said a Washington dentist. “All the dental advertising and giveaways have cheapened the status of dentists and dentistry.”

A Colorado dentist offered, “Some dentists are just not cut out to be business people and should just stick to clinical treatment.”

What would you advise a dentist considering joining forces with a dental management company?

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?

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