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ADA Health Policy Institute


Dental Practice Settings and Job Satisfaction
(August 2015 - 55 min)

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In an innovative, first-of-its-kind study, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and the ADA Health Policy Institute (HPI) examine how dentists view different aspects of solo, small group, and large group practice. They found that dentists working in small group settings reported the highest overall career satisfaction. Read their article in this month’s JADA. (PDF) Additionally, dentists working in large group settings reported more satisfaction with income and benefits than dentists in solo practice, as well as less stress. In a related study, the researchers compare career satisfaction in two types of large group practices: those affiliated with a dental management organization, commonly known as DSOs, and those completely owned and operated by dentists. View the career satisfaction study. (PDF) Finally, Census data shows that very large dental practices are seeing significant growth in market share in the dental care sector. Read about it in the new HPI study. (PDF)

Marko Vujicic, PhD, Chief Economist & Vice President, ADA Health Policy Institute

Anthony T. LoSasso, PhD, Professor, Division of Health Policy and Administration, School of Public Health, University of Illinois at Chicago


  • Quinn Dufurrena, DDS, JD, Executive Director, Association of Dental Support Organizations
  • Irene Marron-Tarrazzi, DMD, MS, Dentist, Brickell Periodontics, Miami