The dental industry is experiencing significant changes, with the rise of Dental Support Organizations (DSOs) and corporate dentistry as a dominant model. Economic trends have attracted venture capitalists to invest in dentistry, leading to the growth of DSOs. While some practitioners worry about losing independence, the trend toward DSOs is driven by practice sales by retiring dentists, high educational debt for graduates limiting their ability to finance a traditional practice purchase, and the need for investment to modernize and achieve efficiencies. A desire for work-life balance may guide a clinician to choose this practice option. The number of solo practitioners is declining, and more dentists are affiliating with DSOs to adapt to emerging industry trends.
Smiley, Christopher J. DDS
"Trends and Expectations for Dentistry,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
8, Article 3.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss8/3
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