The Future of Dentistry

Everyone is asking about dental work and techniques. What about the future of Dental billing practices. I have 2 teeth with small cavities but my dentist has made no effort to fix them. She keeps pushing me to get implants - and other expensive treatments. I went to here initially for preventative treatment. What is the future of dental revenue generating capabilities and how it effects a dentists behaviour in treating patients?

Dr. Timothy Rose

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I believe that the primary responsibility of all dentists is to take care of the oral health care needs of the patients they treat. This, in my mind, means that if you have some decay in several of your teeth, your dentist should take care of that. If you require other types of dentisty, which may in fact may either be more of less expensive, then your dentist needs to talk with you about those procedures, and explain to you the pros and cons of the procedures, the cost of the procedures, and inform you fully of all of those issues, before you as consumer and patient, make a decision as to what course of treatment you will follow.


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That's all the time we have today. Thanks for sending in your questions, and thanks to Dr. Rose for answering them.

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