Many new dentists have the idea of opening their own practices. And it can be one of the most fulfilling career paths that you can take. You can have more control and independence, work in the speciality that you want, and make lots of money in the process.

However, starting your practice isn’t all roses, and you have to be prepared if you want to make it. You also have to avoid common pitfalls, and consider all of your options. In this article, we’re going to give a few tips for all starting dentists who’d like to start on their own.

You Don’t have to Build it from the Ground Up

Know that there is absolutely no need to start your practice from scratch. One of the things that you could do is buy an existing practice from a dentist who’s retiring.

There are tons of benefits to this. First, you don’t have to worry about finding a location for your practice. Chances are successful ones are in prime locations already. And don’t expect that dentists are selling their practices because they’re not making money.

You see, demographic pressure is one of the reasons why so many great practices can be found on the market nowadays. Many dentists from the baby boomer generation are retiring and are looking for people to fill their shoes, which is a prime opportunity for a new dentist who wants to make a name for themselves and get a client base the minute they start.

Services like allow retiring dentists and dentists on the search for a practice to connect, and make negotiations. These services facilitate the due diligence process and allow retiring dentists to access potential buyers faster.

Make Sure That You Have the Disposition

You also have to make sure that you have the skills and disposition needed to own your clinic. Being an owner also means that you have to be a manager as well. Some might feel more comfortable having to worry about doing their jobs well and anything else. Owning your practice comes with additional risk and responsibilities.

Owning means that you also have to worry about things like taxes and accounting. You have to deal with insurance companies. Not to mention other functions like payroll and HR. So, we strongly suggest that you do your research, and speak with other independent practitioners and get their impressions.

Identify the Resources You’ll Need

You will then need to start looking at what type of resources you’ll need. You don’t necessarily have to have a full staff. And you don’t have to start by offering all services. You can start small, and avoid excessive expenditures. Doing so will also limit the amount of equipment you’ll have to buy. You’ll then be able to build a business and reinvest profits if you want to grow.


These few tips should help make your decision better. Starting your own practice is probably a dream for you. However, make sure that you speak with people who have had a chance to realise it and will give you insights on the actual reality of running one.