Dental Practices


The 136,400 dental practices in the US are in the business of providing “oral health,” including hygiene or preventative care, restorative treatments, and oral surgery. 90% of dentists are in general dentistry, while oral surgeons and orthodontists each represent 4%. The rest are specialty practices, such as pediatric dentists or periodontists. Three out of four dentists are in solo practices.

Weak Economy Lowers Demand

Demand for dental services had been thought to be “recession-proof,” but the past recession and recent pandemic saw a drop in dental appointments and billings.

New Treatment Technologies

Technological advances continue to increase quality, enhance patient comfort, and speed the delivery of dental treatments.