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The Future of Dentistry

Discussion in 'Pre-Dental' started by Xyy22, Jul 25, 2001.

  1. Xyy22

    Xyy22 Junior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jun 28, 2001
    What seems to be the future of the

    profession as a whole? What are the best

    and worst specialities for the future, like

    perio, endo, ortho and oms? Are there any

    specialities that are overcrowded or will

    simply have a hard time finding patients?

    What specialities will have the best

    financial gains?
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  3. Hope7

    Hope7 Member 7+ Year Member

    May 15, 2001
    I was wondering the same thing especially since the Occupational Outlook Handbook states that employmnet of dentist are going to grow slower than average for all professions. That is a concern. I don't know if this prospect is just for general dentist or it includes specialists.
  4. Ford67

    Ford67 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    New York
    Actually i beleive dentistry will soon eclipse medicine as the highest paid profession.Why?First of all more and more people are going to the Dentist on a regular basis.Still less than 50 percent of all Americans go to the Dentist and that number will rise signficantly in the future because of the awareness of oral health.Second there will be no surplus of dentists in the future since so many are retiring.Third dentists will never be part of HMOs or lets hope so.

    As for specialists, Periodontics seems to have the brightest future.It is a very ground breaking field.And since its already the second highest paying field to Endo the future looks very good.As for a surplus of speacialists, Orthodontics may be a little and I stress little to overcrowded for comfort.
  5. Mr. So-So

    Mr. So-So Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    if the employment of dentists is growing SLOWER than average(fewer dentists entering the market)
    ..wouldnt that be a GOOD thing..if you are already a practicing dentist or a dental student?
  6. synite

    synite Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    May 20, 2001
    thats not what it means, mr. soso. if the job outlook is growing slower than average, it means that there are fewer opportunities for dentists to find jobs, i.e. there are fewer job openings for dentists. it says nothing about the size of the labor pool, i.e. the number of dentists who are actually looking for jobs, which should continue to rise, putting downward pressure on the labor market and lowering salaries for the entire profession.
  7. Thebeyonder

    Thebeyonder Senior Member 10+ Year Member

    Jul 8, 2000
    Earth, for now
    If it is true that the dental profession job outlook is growing slower than all other professions than maybe dental schools should cut down on the numbers of dental school graduates or severely limit the number of foreign dentists entering the US. Northwestern closed it's dental school is it due to this fact?
  8. Mr. So-So

    Mr. So-So Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    this is second hand info that i heard from one of the docs i shadowed (a NU grad)

    ..northwestern closed because it's difficult for private dental schools to bring money into a university (grants)..and compete with the state supported schools.

    ..politics played a major part in NU's demise. The bottom line was that the dental school was not profitable enough. The powers that be..decided that the building space could be better utilized.

    I think the 'official' reason was lack of interest from students.

  9. Mr. So-So

    Mr. So-So Senior Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 25, 2001
    i'm a little skeptical about that "continuing to rise" part ..

    last i heard, there are more dentists retiring/dying than there are new dentists replacing them.

    ..and thats going to continue with the baby boomers starting to retire.

    it doesn't matter.
    the labour market you see today will not be the market you see when you open your own practice.


  10. Ford67

    Ford67 Member 7+ Year Member

    Jul 12, 2001
    New York
    First of all the Occ. Handbook

    it totally useless. Also, the 2002 book

    says Dentistry will grow as fast as the

    average. Synite is wrong in his/her

    explation and Mr. So So is actually right.

    Slower than average means that the

    employement of Dentist wont be as high as

    other professions, which is good. It simply

    means not many Dentist will enter the work

    force. With the signficant rise in the

    demand for dental service and with so many

    Dentists retiring, Dentistry will be a great

    profession for the future. As I said before

    Dentistry will likely soon be the highest

    paid profession. One more piece of advice

    dont TRUST the Occ. Handbook. :)
  11. Sisero68

    Sisero68 2+ Year Member

    Oct 23, 2009
    Yes i know this post is from 10 years ago. I just thought it would be interesting to see some opinions on what other pre-dents were thinking about the field back then.
  12. yappy

    yappy 7+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2008
    Largest and first generation to have full dentition is the baby boomer generation. This also means a larger percentage of dentists will be leaving the field via retirement. I think these things are to our career advantage.
  13. 7 Iron

    7 Iron 5+ Year Member

    Oct 8, 2010
    I agree. I do not buy into the "sky is falling" mentality. Dentistry will be an excellent career choice for a long time to come. Lots of baby boomers will need lots of dental care. Older dentists will start to retire within 5-10 years, creating lots of openings for new dentists. Things feel bad now because of the poor economy, but it will not always be a weak economy.
  14. BizzyV

    BizzyV 7+ Year Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Nanotechnology will make dentists completely obsolete in 15 years with the advent of little robots in your mouth that clean everything for you. Sorry everyone.

    ^ Yes someone actually told me that.
  15. fug

    fug 2+ Year Member

    Jun 5, 2010
    Regardless of whether there will actually be mouth-cleaning nanobots around in 2026, further advances in technology will make dental procedures easier and less expensive to perform, while making the education needed to perform those procedures less intensive. There will be a dental practice in every Wal-Mart, and hygienists will gain the ability to pursue more advanced training, open independent practices and regulate their own profession. If anything, aging baby boomers and retiring dentists will do more to speed this process up than anything.

    That being said, I'm sure things can and probably will turn out differently -- after all, I'm a pessimist, not a psychic.
  16. BobLoblawDDS

    BobLoblawDDS Lost and confused 2+ Year Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    The powers that be will ensure that you still need someone with a degree to prescribe and sell 'em. Cha-ching. If anything, dentists' lives will become even easier.

    I doubt health-affecting nanotechnology will be available over the counter anytime soon.
  17. yappy

    yappy 7+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2008
    LOL @ nano. What do you think the health effects will be of breathing in and out nanomachienes? Can you say lung cancer.

    Using them systemically will also cause terrible effects on our bodies natural osmolarity and electrical potential etc. etc. etc.
  18. dentalWorks

    dentalWorks Nights Watchmen 7+ Year Member

    Jun 25, 2009
    Sterling Hts, Mi
    Okay okay.... he was being sarcastic you guys lol.

    The day nanotechnology cleans my mouth will be the same year that a large body builder will travel back 40 years in time to kill a woman whos future son will be the leader of a resistance whos mission is to fight against self-conscious robots.
  19. yappy

    yappy 7+ Year Member

    Jul 11, 2008

    Being "fo real" though, I think nano tech may play a role in the future in biomedical materials and drug development.

  20. KittySquared

    KittySquared Kitty chompers 5+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2010
    7 seas
    Because of the increase of the geriatric population (from baby boomers), I think geriatric dentistry wouldn't be a big surprise if it became a specialty. Lots of teder love and care needed for the aging population with edentulism on the rise...

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