3 dentists on the biggest opportunities in dentistry

Technology, public service and a commitment to patients were among the top opportunities for growth and success dentists identified in their field.

Here, three dentists discuss how taking advantage of these opportunities can support the industry:

Note: Responses were edited lightly for grammar.

Michael Davis, DDS. Smiles of Santa Fe (New Mexico): The greatest opportunities in modern clinical dentistry represent minimal to no financial gain for the doctor. This service includes educating our junior colleagues and auxiliaries, practice in public health, research, mission work both in the States and abroad, correctional dentistry, and serving organized dentistry from peer review to policymaking to administrative positions. The wealth gained from these experiences cannot be measured in dollars.

Oksana Boyechko, DMD. Boyechko Dental (Cameron Park, Calif.): I think it is technology. CAD/CAM restorations allow for same-day dentistry. Patients can have their teeth cleaned while waiting for their crowns, so it reduces the amount of visits. Also, digital dentures have better fit and can be more affordable to the patient. Guided implant surgery lets even nonexperienced dentists place implants using CAD/CAM-manufactured surgical guides.

Greg Pyle, DDS. University Avenue Dental (Muncie, Ind.): The biggest opportunities truly lie in being an integral part in the healthcare of our patients. Dentists are the most accessible healthcare providers that our patients will see, and it's our duty to be their leader in recognizing issues with systems such as airway, sleep, acid control, infection control and growth/development. I truly enjoy collaborating with and being a part of my patients' medical team!

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