Modern dental practices circa 2016 are new and in some ways necessities of the modern world. These days, dental practices lean less towards general practice of dental work and lean more towards specializations inside the field of dentistry. One element of this new shift in practices towards specialization is the fact that since the beginning of biological dentistry after World War Two, the work dentists put towards reducing tooth decay in the public had paid off perhaps too well. Most of the generalized problems a mouth can have such as cavities and gingivitis are now things people know how to tend to themselves through home dental care available at any pharmacy. And, as the formulas for toothpastes and mouthwashes get better, the old problems of dentistry are decreasing ever further.
To that end, most dental professionals, while still offering the old services of thorough teeth cleaning, cavity filling, restorative work and other board based dental work, have also found a field to specialize in for the sake of keeping their practice profitable enough to support them. At first the most popular specialization was cosmetic dentistry, which proved to be a fantastic money maker at first, but when the Great Recession hit (and some say is still rippling across the world economy), fewer people had money to spend on cosmetic dental work. Most dentists chose to study new fields and become specialists in another field of dental practice.
With the dawn of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the field of public aid dentistry has seen a massive boom. Dentists willing to work instead the government assistance health care system find easy employment, and while they still mostly to basic or essential dental work, their practice inside and understanding of government assistance health care gives them a specialized set of skills that can help them collect their share of the ACA’s largess while still making a comfortable living doing what they’re good at.
Other Seattle dentists are shifting their specialties towards treating sleep apnea. Understanding of this condition has skyrocketed in recent decades, and there are now a number of ways of treating this once seemingly inevitable condition. Quite a bit of this disorder is wrapped up in the dental field, and dentists who can treat the condition can rely on steady work as the new developments proliferate.
Orthodontics remains as essential as ever to those people unfortunate enough to have problems with the emerging shape of their teeth, and many dental professionals have gone from general practitioners to specialized orthodontists. This particular specialty can also call for a dentist to have an understanding of government assisted health care, as most insurance plans created under the ACA also include the rather reasonable provision that orthodontic work is covered.
Implants are another field of specialty that is growing in popularity. With new materials technology for medical implants emerging seemingly on an annual basis, an implants specialist must be an engineer as readily as a dentist. Keeping abreast new developments in implants technology can, for the dedicated student, pay off big.