Possessing the education, equipment, and knowledge to be a successful dentist is only part of what is required to operate a successful dental practice. Dentists also need to know how to run the business side of the practice. Yet running an effective business practice places additional time demands on dentists and staff, drawing them away from the patient-related tasks. One alternative is to use outsourced partners to take over labor-intensive business functions so that dentists can make their business more successful.
Outsourcing dental business functions
Many dental practices use consultants or outside companies to manage some or all of the day-to-day business aspects of the dental practice. While outsourcing these tasks may be cost effective and economical, the bigger appeals are the time saving features that allow for enhanced business efficiency.
“A lot of dentists come out of school dreaming about doing dentistry and they become disillusioned after a short time learning that not only do they have to do dentistry, they have to run a business,” said Dr. Michael Criscione, owner of Criscione Family Dentistry in Lake Oswego, Oregon. When dentists are overwhelmed with the business aspects of their practices, it’s time to seek help.