Group practices have increased in popularity for two big reasons: 1. The dental school debt struggle is real and 2. The costs of running a practice won’t go down. There are going to be challenges, ups and downs, and lots of money spent. Why not go in with a partner or two? This can also help your practice grow faster, which can mean more patients, more appointments, and more money.
Dental insurance coverage (for children and adults) has increased, therefore causing a “dental catch up” period. This means that families that previously couldn’t afford dental care, or thought they didn’t need it, are now making up for lost time. This could lead to more appointments and, if they waited too long, possibly increased dental treatments. However, this insurance increase isn’t the case for everyone, which leads to number 3…
Patients who don’t have dental coverage through an employer or public program are either paying out of their own pockets, or forgoing the dentist altogether. This has created a new trend of creative financing options among dental practices. This could include customized payment plans, separate yearly rates, or other unique options. This trend can set dental practices apart by showing the patients that no matter their coverage, the practice cares about their dental health.
Differentiating your practice by providing in-office experiences that other practices don’t provide is increasing in popularity. Dental appointments aren’t something a person typically looks forward to, so creating a positive in-office experience can make all the difference. Think creative waiting room activities, in-chair entertainment, or anything that doesn’t make “going to the dentist” a chore people dread doing. This can be beneficial for adults AND kids; when the experience makes it easier to take their kids to the dentist, parent’s will choose that practice over others.
This industry trend is dependent on new technology, which is continuously being created and utilized. Practices are increasingly investing in new technology that makes things easier for the dentists, the hygienists, and the patients. Many dentists agree that the cost of implementing new technology as it’s needed is less than the cost of losing patients. Some new technology advances in the dental industry include 3D printing, digital impressions, and laser cavity detection.
Implementing these dental industry trends to fit your practice can be beneficial for you and your patients. Keeping an eye out for new emerging trends is important to guarantee patients the best experience possible.
Posted October 09, 2019
No business is an island, and no dental practice can be successful without the right help. If you’re running a dental office, you need to make sure to cultivate certain relationships. Below are four professional relationships that every dental office needs to maintain. Marketing Professionals Marketing is the lifeblood of any business. Having connections in […]
Posted October 07, 2019
Have you ever called a company’s support number only to find yourself stuck navigating dial pad responses and arguing with a robot? These days, getting a real person on the phone at a business is nearly unheard of. Automated phone services, AI messaging, and other prerecorded voice systems have replaced traditional customer service portals. There’s […]
Posted October 04, 2019
It’s that time of year again – yes, it’s Dental Hygiene Month! For me, it’s an opportunity to reflect on my journey in the dental industry that began 25 years ago, when I first practiced as a registered dental hygienist. My mission of providing the best possible patient care has intensified over the years, and […]