70% of large dental practices struggled to fill appointments in January due to staff shortages

Dental practices with 10 or more dentists had more trouble filling their appointment schedules due to staff vacancies than smaller practices, according to a recent poll by the American Dental Association Health Policy Institute.

The ADA surveyed 1,883 dentists for its January "Economic Outlook and Emerging Issues in Dentistry" poll. 

Percentage of practices who were unable to fill their appointment schedules 100 percent because of staff vacancies by practice size:

Solo dentists: 27.7 percent

Two to nine dentists: 39.3 percent

Large group (10 or more dentists): 70 percent

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