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Group/chain offices vs private practice

I am considering moving to part time at my private practice to try a new office. I have heard of good rates at chains. Are there any major differences from private practice to chain dental offices that I should be aware of before trying one? I don’t want to be moving from office to office. The one I am at currently is only 3 years old and they just don’t run as smoothly as I would like so would like a newer, more established office that still stays up with new technology. It seems like a chain may be a fit for that but I do not want to only be about production rather than patient care. Right now I get almost 1 hour appointments with all adult recalls and we do assisted hygiene a few days a week.

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Whether the office is corporate or private owned, it really depends on the people who work within the office that make the difference. There are both good and bad corporate offices just as there are with private offices. This is where the interview and the working interview are important tools to ask questions and decide if the certain office is a fit for you. Honestly, most hygienists would be thrilled to work in an office with one hour appointments like the office you currently work in. If it doesn’t run “smooth enough” for you, have you brought any ideas to the table to help the practice grow? I would hate to see you leave an office then realize that it was actually a good fit – because all offices have a hiccup or two now and then, that’s normal. Ultimately, you have to make the decision based on what a good office is to you.

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