Changing Demographics And Economics Are Leading To A Seismic Shift In How Dental Practices Operate, As Fewer Dentists Run Their Own Business

Reasons for the change: Younger dentists are leaving dental school more deeply in debt than in the past, sometimes shouldering half a million dollars in student loans before they start working. Dentists entering the field, including growing numbers of women, often want a work-life balance that business ownership doesn’t provide. And large group practices are expanding, sometimes with the backing of private equity money, dentists and other experts said.

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