Illinois's state of dentistry in 2024

Here are 11 headlines and statistics on the state of dentistry in Illinois in 2024:

  • The Illinois State Dental Society released its legislative agenda for 2024, which is centered around dental insurance reform, the Dental Practice Act and the Illinois Medicaid program.
  • A bill introduced in the Illinois House of Representatives Feb. 6 would add provisions to the Illinois Dental Practice Act related to third-party financing.
  • Nashville, Tenn.-based Southern Orthodontic Partners added its first practice in the Chicago area.
  • The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation proposed new rule changes that could affect dental anesthesia practices and adjust the Illinois Dental Practice Act. 
  • A former Illinois dentist pleaded guilty to wire fraud after practicing unlicensed dentistry.
  • Dental offices in Illinois generate $17.75 billion annually. 
  • There are 8,536 total dentists in Illinois according to the American Dental Association.
  • Dental hygienists in Illinois make $76,120 annually and dental assistants earn $41,290, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
  • The average cost to visit an oral surgeon in Illinois is between $84 to $124.
  • Illinois has 209 dental professional shortage areas.
  • There are three dental schools in the state: University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine in Downers Grove and Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine in Alton.

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