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Fred H. Peck, DDS, FAACD
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Deciding Upon a New Dental Practice: Private Practice or Corporate Chain

Whenever you may be finding a new dentist, there are two distinct important choices that many patients are dealing with at this time. This is the choice between seeing a corporate dental practice compared to seeing a dentist in private practice. You will find positive aspects with each. Find out what they are to assist you to make a better choice about what type of practice may well be best in your case and your family’s dental needs.

To begin with, basic meanings need to be understood. Private practice dentistry is any time a dentist rents or builds an office, employs workers, handles management, advertising, and also offers dental care to their patients. This is what many people are familiar with when looking at a dentist.

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Corporate dentistry is whenever a dentist has a job in a corporate or company “owned”, or chain dental practice instead of running the business by themselves.

The dentist will show up when scheduled, conducts any jobs that are necessary, and is responsible for meeting the goals for dental care sold per day. It is not the dentist but, rather, the corporate board that decides on those numbers.

The term, “owned” is in quotes above considering that, in 46 states throughout the United States, it is actually illegal for someone aside from a licensed dentist to own a dental practice. The corporate chains go around this law by buying a property and “providing” dental practice management, accounting as well as marketing services to a dentist. The businesses own the building, hire the staff, establish pricing and sales goals and can, essentially, get rid of the dentist when they do not reach the set levels of dentistry sold. So it’s your decision to decide who in reality “owns” the chain dental practice.

Corporate dentistry, ultimately, is accountable to generate a profit for the share holders. In fact, in a recently published article from the Center for Public Integrity, at least one patient of corporate dental chains had been pushed into accepting treatment options they could not have the funds for and pushed into signing up for long financing agreements.

In the private dental practice, the dentist may make decisions that may not create a profit, nevertheless, will benefit their patients.

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Inside corporate dentistry, if an employed dentist is simply not creating adequate income for the corporation, they are going to be fired. While any business must make a profit, corporate chains have a history of employing dentists just out of school who have a large amount of school debt to repay. The pressure to “sell” dental care may become overwhelming.

In the Center for Public Integrity’s article, a senior citizen was charged more than $1,200 for a filling. One patient’s bill revealed he had all sorts of procedures carried out (and paid for) for teeth that were scheduled for extraction. There have been allegations that a number of corporate dental practices have private overseas dental labs and demand their “employee” dentists to make use of just that laboratory.

The dentist turnover level is substantial at these kinds of dental “mills” so when a patient comes back they might not necessarily see the same dentist they saw last time.

However,in the private practice setting, if a dentist is extremely good with their dental patients and keeps them happy, all in all the dentist can have the personal pleasure of having made individuals’ lives far better. This satisfaction and personal involvement in the lives of their patients means that private practice dentists will in most cases be in the practice for years, if not decades.

So, what are the advantages of going to a corporate practice dentist? The corporation will often advertise cheap prices, although finalized billings following add-ons don’t seem to be appreciably distinct from a private-practice dentist’s rates. In addition, they take every insurance plan which exists on the planet. Yet again, many options and add-ons are not covered by the patient’s insurance and the patient must pay for those out of pocket, assuming they consent to them.

Our advice? Decide wisely as opposed to cheaply. In Cincinnati, go with Dr. Peck. Dr. Peck does not let your insurance company influence exactly what amount of dental care you should have. Come for a new patient visit with our team. Our doctor is going to be here when you make your next appointment next year. Our team is going to remember you and the long-term plan and goals that you have set for you along with your family’s dental health.