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Financial independence starts with budgeting and saving

You’ve worked hard to get here. As a new dentist, your academic studies are behind you, and a rewarding professional career is ahead of you. You may have a student loan, personal loan, mortgage, or even credit card debt. You may feel overwhelmed by the level of debt or number of outstanding loans — especially when faced with the reality of starting salaries, training programs and life events. No matter where you are financially, smart budgeting and saving strategies can build a path to financial freedom.



How long does a practice transition take?
by Betsy Krekling

This is probably the most-asked question that ADA Practice Transitions receives! And of course, the answer is “it depends.” But ADA Advisor Betsy Krekling reviews some of the factors that can affect the timeline and suggests things you can do to help speed up the process.

Three strategies to ensure a successful recovery from the COVID-19 crisis
by Roger P. Levin, D.D.S.

Operating a practice in today's climate requires resilience and agility on the part of leaders and staff members. Fortunately, there are three key strategies that any practice can use to ensure that a turnaround is successful.

Staffing during a pandemic
by William van Dyk, D.D.S.

COVID-19 has changed many dental practices. It’s a different world that we must navigate. Here are a few recommendations for hiring and retaining staff that can help, and some general rules that work with or without a pandemic.

ADA Practice Transitions helps match dentists entering or leaving practice

Succession planning doesn’t always involve bequeathing what you’ve spent a lifetime building to your children, friends or other loved ones. If you’re a dentist in private practice looking to retire, the heir apparent to your business may share your vision more than your DNA or history.

Infection control: Safeguarding your patients’ and practice’s health

In this special issue of Dental Practice Success, experts in infection control and business outline strategies and tactics to help protect patients, staff and dentists during this pandemic.

Transition tale: How to decide if it’s time to make a change
by Bree Simmers

Dr. Sara Makary has worked in several different settings during her career. With each change, she’s gained new skills and experiences that have helped her become a well-rounded practitioner.

High-value strategies for practice recovery
By Roger P. Levin, D.D.S.

COVID-19 has changed dentistry forever. And while it may be more comfortable for practices to operate in the same way that they did before the crisis, the businesses that will succeed will be the ones that are able to adapt quickly to new approaches in strategy, financial management and operations.

Keys to practice recovery
A special issue of Dental Practice Success

This special issue of Dental Practice Success features a variety of articles and resources with practical, insightful business advice for dentists facing a challenging practice environment.

E-book: The Ultimate Guide to Touchless Dental Communications

This free e-book, sponsored by Legwork, offers communication tips to reassure your patients about COVID-19 safety precautions and outlines how to digitize common office tasks for a safe, touchless experience.


E-book: How innovative technologies help dental practices thrive

Neal Patel, D.D.S., of Infinite Smiles in Powell, Ohio, was the first dentist in the world to adopt Dentsply Sirona’s new Axeos system that showcases advancements in image quality. This free e-book explores many ways to grow with technology.

E-book: Ideas on how to evaluate and implement new technology

This free e-book, sponsored by Rectangle Health, shows you exactly how Dr. Perry K. Tuneberg & Associates, of Rockford, Ill., evaluated, implemented and use new technology to improve its business operations.

5 smart features to improve the dental experience

This free white paper shows dentists how chairside milling can put them in full control of restorations. It also details new features in PrograMill One, from Ivoclar Vivadent, to efficiently mill esthetic IPS e.max CAD restorations for same-day dentistry.


The impact of COVID-19 on U.S. dental practices

To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on U.S. dental practices, the ADA Health Policy Institute conducts a biweekly poll on economic conditions during the pandemic. The latest wave of this poll, collecting data for the week of July 27, shows increases in patient volume and total collections compared to early June. HPI will continue to track data over time, every two weeks, in every state, to provide a real time snapshot of how the situation is unfolding. For the latest complete results, visit


Dental Practice Success (DPS) is a quarterly digital magazine the ADA produces in cooperation with the ADA Center for Professional Success. DPS features articles from experts with tips dentists need to maximize their business, their patient care and their satisfaction.