Part of our ongoing series on careers in dentistry.  Charlotte Dentistry® encourages young people to consider the dental profession, and welcomes any questions you may have.

Congratulations!  You’ve completed your dental degree and passed your licensing exam.Grand Opening

What do you do now?

Starting a dental practice is a daunting task, because you face the challenge of building a patient base, acquiring equipment, working with staff, and learning about the business aspects of a practice.

Many brand-new dentists choose to join an established practice while learning more about the business and building a base of satisfied patients.  Over the years, Charlotte Dentistry has helped many fine professionals begin their careers this way.  Some have even chosen to say to continue to contribute to our organization’s growth.  The big advantage of this is that you’re not having to invest in a whole new office (especially on top of dental school loans), and you get the benefit of being mentored by experienced dentists who have been in practice for many years.

But some young dentists may choose to build their own dental office from day one.  There are resources that can help; states or cities may provide incentives to work in remote locations where dentists haven’t been available so that residents have access to care.  In some cases, new dentists can work off student loan debt or get equipment by agreeing to work in these communities for a certain period of time.

Other organizations, such as the military and the Veterans Administration, may also provide incentives—and a starting point—for a dentist fresh out of school.

There are numerous ways to build a practice, and for good professionals, following good business models will lead to success and a rewarding career.

Need to bounce your thoughts off a successful professional, visit “Ask The Expert” to receive sound business management suggestions.