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Dentists and Locum Tenens

The Current State of the Dentistry Job Market

Patient demand is set to outpace the nation's supply of dentists. More than half the dentists in the U.S. are over 50 years old, and as this population retires, there will be fewer dentists, pediatric dentists, endodontists, and oral surgeons.

Supply and Demand in Dentistry

The United States Does Not Have Enough Dentists

The critical need for dentistry professionals stems from many sources. The majority of dental practices are individually owned, and many baby boomers are retiring and closing their practices without a buyer. Since 2008, there has been a steady decrease of applicants to dental programs, which will yield fewer new graduates per year. 

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there are 5,493 areas in the United States that do not have enough dental practitioners to meet the needs of their populations. California, Texas, Michigan, Florida, Georgia, and Missouri are among the states with the greatest need.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts employment growth of 21 percent for dentists between 2010 and 2020. This surging demand has caused dentists to quickly become some of the most requested medical professions at Barton Associates, and the number of locum tenens dentistry jobs grows every day.

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All About Locum Tenens Jobs for Dentists

What Does This Mean for You?

There are endless locum tenens job opportunities for dentists who want to explore the United States and do the greatest good by treating underserved patient populations.

Discover the Freedom, Flexibility, and Unmatched Earning Potential of a Locum Tenens Career

Do you want to travel to Alaska? How about Florida? And do you want to make money while treating patients who really need you? You can with locum tenens jobs through Barton. We’ll schedule a phone consultation to get a sense of what you’re looking for, then compile a list of open jobs in our extensive network that match your interests and skill set.

Review Your Options and Select the Job That Sounds Best

Once you’ve had a chance to evaluate your opportunities, your Barton rep will submit your information to the hiring managers of the jobs that interest you. If there’s a match, we’ll work with the hiring manager to finalize your employment agreement.

Go Ahead and Start Your New Job!

Barton Associates will handle any licensing, credentialing, or travel-related issues before you arrive, plus work with your new facility to ensure you’re set up and ready to go on day one. All you have to worry about is providing the very best patient care you can. After all, that's why you're there.

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Don't Just Take It From Us

Here's What One Dentist Had to Say

Dr. Dan S., a locum tenens dentist from Montana, has been working since he opened his private practice in 1983. Over the course of his career, whether practicing on his own or in locums assignments, Dan has experienced both the challenges and rewards of providing dental care.

Back in 2007, Dan still had a private practice — and somebody wanted to buy it. After he sold it, he saw an ad for locum tenens work on the back of The Journal of the American Dental Association. He called and ended up going for a site visit. "They had little kids in there that they were pulling teeth on ... because they had to, they were in pain, and they couldn’t cooperate," he said. "And that’s how I got passionate about it." 

Dan was kind enough to tell us more about what life as a locum tenens dentist entails.

Read Dan's Story on Our Blog

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