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HPI: Endodontists showing "definitive signs" in post-recession recovery

September 26, 2016 Compared to general practitioners and other specialists, endodontists and pediatric dentists are the only dentists to see "definitive signs of post-recession income recovery," according to a Sept. 19 ADA Health Policy Institute research brief.

Dr. Lorel Burns, an endodontics resident at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, led the study in collaboration with Marko Vujicic, Ph.D., ADA chief economist and HPI vice president, and Andrew Blatz, HPI research analyst. For the brief, Recent Trends in the Market for Endodontics, the researchers looked at net income, fee and payment rates, and busyness levels for endodontics between 2000-14 and compared them to the profession as a whole.

Key findings included:
  • Endodontists are consistently the second-highest earning dental specialists.
  • Endodontists' self-reported busyness levels are among the lowest of all dentists. General practitioner dentists tend to perform at least two-thirds of the most common endodontic procedures.
  • Endodontists are among the least likely dentists to work in corporate dental practice.
Read the research brief online.