Different Types of Dental Services

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Aside from general cleaning and oral examination, there are many different services that dental practices can provide—from cosmetic dentistry to pediatric dental services. If you’re looking to make your dental practice more profitable and attract more customers, a great way to do so is by increasing the number of services you offer. Due to the convenience of being able to receive multiple treatments at one office rather than going to several different practices, offering a wide variety of services can help attract more customers and distinguish your practice from the competition. Essentially, the more ways you can serve your patients, the more successful your practice will likely become. These are some of the many different types of dental services that you should consider incorporating into your practice.

Cosmetic
dentistry services

Cosmetic
dentistry services are increasing in popularity and, as a result,
provide a great opportunity for dental practices to grow their
customer base. One of the most common cosmetic dentistry procedures
is teeth whitening or “teeth bleaching” which is sought by people
looking to brighten their smile and reduce the appearance of stains
or discoloration. Examples of other common cosmetic dentistry
procedures include dental implants, dental crowns, teeth shaping,
tooth bonding. Dental veneers are another popular option—this is
when a dentist cements a thin shell to the front of a patient’s
teeth to improve their appearance.

Endodontic
procedures

Endodontic
procedures refer to painless root canal therapy. Typically, when the
interior of a patient’s tooth becomes infected, damaged, or
diseased, general dentists will refer them to an endodontist. The
endodontist will then be able to diagnose and treat the issues with
the tooth’s sensitive interior, performing root canals when
necessary. By offering such specialized endodontic procedures at your
own practice, however, you can avoid outsourcing such services and
expand your customer base.

Pediatric
dental services

If
there are a lot of young people in the area that your practice
serves, it could be beneficial to have a pediatric dental specialist
on-staff. The dental equivalent of pediatricians, pediatric dentists
have specialized skill sets tailored toward caring for the oral
health of children. They help provide specialized care for infants
through teens.

Examples
of services that pediatric dental specialists offer include
cleanings, exams, cavity fillings, and other routine care services
tailored to the unique needs of children. In addition, they also
specialize in monitoring the development of a child’s teeth and
diagnosing oral conditions related to childhood diseases and
conditions. While many general dentists also provide treatment to
children, parents typically favor pediatric dental specialists, as
they have the age-specific knowledge and kid-friendly practices to
provide the best service possible for their kids.

Periodontal
treatments

Another
valuable type of dental service to offer at your practice is
periodontal treatments. Such services include preventing, diagnosing,
and treating diseases and conditions that impact the teeth’s
supporting structures. Examples of supporting tissues include the
gingiva, alveolar bone, periodontal ligament, and cementum. One of
the main services that they provide is the treatment of gum disease,
in both early and late stages, which may require surgery such as gum
grafts or pocket reduction procedures. For patients with severe gum
disease or medical histories which may complicate minor gum diseases,
the services of a periodontal dental specialist are likely necessary.

Orthodontic
services

Orthodontic
services help improve the alignment of the teeth and jaw. Patients
who have an overbite, underbite, crossbite, or misaligned teeth may
require or seek out orthodontic services to help correct such issues.
Examples of orthodontic services include the use of braces,palate
expanders, fixed-space maintainers, retainers, headgear, clear
aligners, and other specialized dental treatments to improve the
alignment of one’s teeth and bite over time.

Diagnostic
and preventative dental services

General
dentists often provide a wide variety of diagnostic and preventative
dental services. This category of dental services is geared towards
preserving oral health and avoiding the occurrence of dental issues
such as cavities, gum disease, and enamel wear through preventative
treatments. Examples of some of the most vital types of diagnostic
and preventative services to provide at your practice include X-rays,
sealants and fluoride treatments, and of course, routine cleanings
and oral exams.

Prosthodontic
services

Prosthodontic
services regard the restoration and replacement of missing or damaged
teeth. Prosthodontic specialists design, manufacture, and fit
artificial replacements for missing or damaged teeth and other areas
of the mouth. In doing so, they help restore functionality and a
natural appearance to one’s mouth. Examples of prosthodontic
services may include installing dental implants, bridges, dentures,
or providing reconstructive surgery. In addition, prosthodontists are
also often highly trained in providing cosmetic services such as
crowns and veneers.

Oral
and maxillofacial surgery

To
provide complex procedures that require deep levels of sedation, an
oral or maxillofacial surgeon is likely necessary. Such surgeons are
specialized in the diagnosis and surgical and adjunctive treatment of
issues such as injuries, defects, or diseases pertaining to the hard
and soft tissues in one’s face, jaw, neck, and mouth. Essentially,
they are responsible for restoring function and aesthetic appearance
relating to the oral and maxillofacial region. Examples of some of
the specialized procedures that oral and maxillofacial surgeons
perform include corrective jaw surgery, tooth extractions, correcting
cleft palates, removing tumors, and extracting impacted and
nonrecoverable wisdom teeth. Providing such specialized services will
likely be very beneficial in setting your practice apart from the
competition.

Whether your practice offers a wider range of dental care options or specializes in a few procedures that aren’t widely offered in your area, expanding your services can greatly improve your practice’s profitability. If you’re thinking about selling your dental practice, improving its profitability is a great way to help you get the best price possible for your practice. Another way to ensure that you get the best deal is by enlisting the services of Henry Schein Professional Practice Transitions. As the leaders in dental practice sales and transitions, our skilled dental transition consultants specialize in dental practice transition planning, sales and valuations, dental practice financing, and buyer representation to ensure that every stage of the transition process is smooth and efficient. For more information regarding our services, contact us today.

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