Steven Eidman, D.D.S., has extensive experience in the dental practice industry. Currently the Director of Operations and Management at BestCare Family Dental, Dr. Steven Eidman consults with practicing dentists on a variety of issues, from space planning and design to management techniques and marketing plans. As with many professions, choosing what form a dental career should take upon graduation can be a tough decision.
The first option upon graduation is to seek an associateship. This decision allows a new dentist to receive hands-on experience and earn an income without the pressure of immediately purchasing and building an independent practice. According to the American Dental Association, nearly two-thirds of recent graduates choose this option.
For those dentists who are not yet ready to own a practice, but do want to build up their own base of clients, independent contracting is a good option. This is an option when an existing dental practice as excess space or patients.
Of course, there is always the third option of buying a pre-existing practice or building one’s own practice. This option requires significant capital and a commitment to managing the business of a dental practice, but it can be a very rewarding option.