Those are great reasons. I don't think anyone has a love of teeth going into the profession, but its different when you come out. You may either love it, hate it, or are indifferent to it. Those reasons you outlined are some of the best reasons to go into dentistry.I have an interest in science and helping others but my main motivation has never been fixing teeth. I want to go into dentistry for things such as autonomy, lifestyle, ability to help others, and owning my own practice. Are all of these good reasons to do it?
At what point did you realize this?I've met very few people that genuinely just really liked teeth. All the dentists I know like the field for the same reasons you've listed. I didn't have a passion for teeth, but now I love the work we do with people. It's much more rewarding than I actually thought it would be.
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It depends on how good of a business person you are. It’ll be hard if you plan to work as an associate dentist (w/o any health and 401k benefit) for the rest of your life. It’ll be even harder if you are married, have kids, and are the only income earner in the family. You have to own your own business. You have to save for your future retirement. You can’t work for someone else forever.Is 250k too much debt to go to school for? How long would it take to pay that off?
Everyone's timetable is different to pay back their loans.So whats the timetable for paying it back? Like 4-5 years? Is it really true you couldn't pay it back as an associate?
10-30 years, if you only make the minimally required monthly payments. It really depends on the lifestyle you choose to have, the state/city where you want to live in, whether you have kids or not, and your spouse's income etc.So whats the timetable for paying it back? Like 4-5 years? Is it really true you couldn't pay it back as an associate?
Early into first year. Shadowing gave me a lot of confidence in knowing that I'd enjoy the profession but once first year started and we were doing fillings and preps on the plastic teeth I knew it was something I'd really enjoy. I was never an artist but something about the artwork feel of dentistry is actually a lot of fun. And then starting third year now I've been in clinic for a couple months and it's even more fun.At what point did you realize this?
Would you ever get frustrated with your hand skills in the beginning and rethink if you made a mistake going into the field? Dentistry is awesome but I feel that if I was bad at my hand skills I would start to get "false" second thoughts. But I know 100% nobody is anywhere near competent when they first start, no matter their initial skill levelEarly into first year. Shadowing gave me a lot of confidence in knowing that I'd enjoy the profession but once first year started and we were doing fillings and preps on the plastic teeth I knew it was something I'd really enjoy. I was never an artist but something about the artwork feel of dentistry is actually a lot of fun. And then starting third year now I've been in clinic for a couple months and it's even more fun.
The best recommendation I could give is to shadow. That'll give you the best idea of whether or not you'll truly enjoy it.
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You are 200% right on this.Since I still work part time for a chain, I have the opportunity to meet a lot of different associate dentists. Some are new grads. Some have 5-10 years experience. Some sold their practices (because they failed) and went back to work as an associate. All I hear from these dentists are the constant complaints about their job: the bossy office manager, the managing dentist who takes all the good paying procedures away from them (the associate dentists), lack of instruments, running out of supplies, the lazy and disrespectful assistants etc. That's why none of them stay here for more than 12 months. That's why your ultimate goal should be to have your own office, if you want to become a dentist.