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How Is the Virus Going
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Townies discuss how their profession may change during and after this unprecedented pandemic

Dr Mac Lee
Member Since: 04/14/00
Post: 1 of 246

Is dental insurance going to remain the same?
Are patients going to look for standalone docs who see few people? Is dentistry going to be
up- or downgraded in the eyes of the public? What type of practice can withstand the mandatory closing for months? Will this continue the success of the DSOs?
I have no clue! Interesting to discuss, for sure. No one has a right or wrong answer, so
jump in. ■
3/22/2020

Profitable GPs
Member Since: 05/14/19
Post: 2 of 246

Learning from previous financial crises, the government bails out only the large businesses.
DSOs weren't as big in 2008 and dentistry wasn't shaken to its core.
Now DSOs are huge, nationwide, and our industry is badly damaged. The government will
have to help to make dentistry function again. But I'm afraid they are not going to bail out the
small practices, only the big ones. ■
3/22/2020

paf
Member Since: 05/04/11
Post: 4 of 246

You will see a greater demand for government-funded dentistry because the economy will
be licking its wounds.
You will see new infection control regulations.
You will see fewer cosmetic and elective procedures for a great while.
You will see private insurances taking a loss because of economy. I am not sure if this will
play a positive or negative role for dentists.
You will see cost of doing dentistry go up, although I don't know what's going to happen to
labor cost and rent. ■
3/22/2020

AtreidesDDS
Member Since: 02/11/11
Post: 6 of 246

The real questions are as follows:
1. How many dentists will be remaining solvent after the dust settles?
2. Of those dentists, which ones will be able to afford the new infection control standards?
3. Will patients have any means to pay for dental services after they've been laid off for
months due to shelter-in-place/quarantine?
Immediately after the crisis:
Many practices will go under. Those that remain will offer emergency treatments, because
that's all the general public will be able to afford. With time, things will rebound, but it will
take a while. ■
3/23/2020

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