Managing Dental Practice Labor Costs

In dentistry, labor costs usually represent the highest percentage of practice overhead. The industry average is around 27 percent and may or may not include benefits like retirement contributions, healthcare premiums, bonuses, and other benefits. I’ve seen practices where labor costs exceed 30 and even 40 percent of overhead expenses, and while I understand how … Continued →

Dental CPAs Q&A: Comparing Start-Up vs. Buying an Existing Dental Practice

I was talking with a young dentist recently who was debating the pros and cons of opening her own practice and starting from scratch or buying an existing dental practice where the variables are known. For anyone who’s been in this position before, you know there’s no easy answer. There will be unknowns in both … Continued →

Practice Acquisitions: Deciding Between a Partnership or Buyout

Recently a dentist asked me a question about practice acquisitions, as he thought there may be an opportunity to expand. His question, What is important to ask when deciding between a partnership or a buyout, is one that many dentists may find themselves asking as more seasoned dentists look to retire. Here’s the scenario. The … Continued →

How to Tell If the Dental Practice Is a Good Fit: Tips for New Dentists

Luckily for new dentists, there are many options when it comes to joining a practice. There are small, two- or three-operatory chair practices. There are multi-location dental partnership groups, corporate dental practices; practices in cities and rural communities, and everything in between. How do new dentists know which one will be a good fit? Observe … Continued →

Navigating Associate Contracts for New Dentists

When new dentists join a practice as an associate, they should get used to signing their name. Associate contracts require careful review and often involve several provisions, like employment, compensation, time off, non-competes, and more. When you’re just starting your career, how do you know whether these items are in your favor? Read on for … Continued →