There are more than a few alarming trends that are starting to gather steam in the area of cosmetic dentistry. For years, the talk has been about the impact of managed care and how you can position your practice in order to deal with this risk to conventional protection and fee for service dentistry. The reality is, managed care is here to stay, and it’s transforming speedily into any number of pretty hideous forms.
Conventionally, doctors have established managed care programs only when they have new operating time. They also have their flat fixed cost being covered by the fee for service of cosmetic dentistry.
There are some practices that have enrolled in programs some fee schedules that offer to pay more than the changeable cost associated with treatment.
The troubles for the dentist occur in three areas.
- First would be the bad management of the care program. For example one who has a compensation schedule that really does not sufficiently compensate him for the kind of methods he generally uses and the treatment he performs. If you are a dentist and you are diagnosing a patient with four quads of root planning and you do not cover the cap program, you’ll end up with some serious problems, not the least of which is a hygienist who has nothing left to do with her time.
- Another problem occurs when the doctor and his staff are not capable of gaining the patients acceptance for the optional and upgraded treatments considered clinically superior. Even if the treatment would be better for the patient in the long run, bad plans keep patients from making these choices.
- The last problem comes when the office staff is unable to deal with the paperwork that is connected with the managed care programs.
It has almost taken three years for dentists and practitioners to develop resources and professionalism in dealing with the expanding managed care trend.
The goal of dentistry in the future is to avoid managed care by means of keeping your chairs filled with all the services that can be offered. Some demographics in the market will not be able to afford these services but the future era of dentistry can change that. As a result, fewer graduates from cosmetic dentistry have marched on stage. The total number of students has decreased, partially because of the closure of some schools. Another reason is due to the financial problems and the decreased class numbers.In the future, the success of cosmetic dentistry cannot be achieved by having fewer students in the classroom. There are a lot of factors that affect the student’s goal — financial considerations (we all know that education is expensive) to finish the programs. If schools offer programs that will keep the payments at a reachable amount, there are hopes of maintaining good cosmetic dentists in the coming years.