SDN Members don't see this ad. (About Ads) Long time no post so I thought I'd give it a go, I'll admit right off the bat that I don't understand how economics work especially when it comes to dentistry (that's why I'm asking y'all for some guidance). It seems to me that with the rise in the cost of dental school and the downturn of the economy that becoming a GP makes the most financial sense. I'm not saying that you shouldn't follow your passion but accumulating debt in those extra years of residency (especially if it's unsubsidized and you're from a private schoo) seems to be daunting as well as the fact that I can see GPs refering out a lot less more when times are tight or when technology makes the work easier. Please tell me your input on this given that you are out in the real world experiencing whatever there is to experience first hand as opposed to someone who is in school and just speculating. We've all heard of GPs making more than specialists but is that becuase those GPs who are CAPABLE of it are few and far in between or is it because very few of them WANT to work more than 40 hours a week? You responses are appreciated.