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More Indiana Dentists Leaving Independent Practices

The majority of dentists are still maintaining their independent practices, but the trend is toward joining more corporate entities.

More dentists are going corporate in Indiana. The Indiana Dental Association cites a 25 percent jump in 2010 in what they call “large group practices,” which are branded, corporate-type entities.

IDA Executive Director Doug Bush says most dentists in Indiana still maintain independent practices, but the offer to work for a dental management service group does have its benefits.

“It’s attractive, especially to dentists who have just graduated from dental school and are carrying a great load of debt from their education,” Bush says. “They’re seeing this as a route to a regular paycheck without the expense of setting up a practice of their own.”

Bush says the trend could possibly lead to dentistry being treated as a commodity, whereas it‘s better for dentistry to retain current practice as a relationship between dentist and patient.

Still, Bush says there‘s no denying the trend that involves multiple locations of dental offices under the same name brand.

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