Like all medical fields, dentistry has a wide range of duties and job descriptions. Not everybody who works in dentistry has the title of “dentist”. In fact, there are many other professionals in the dental field that are often involved in everyday dental service practice. At Boulevard Medical Properties, we find practice locations and medical office leasing for many individuals in the dental industry, including for associates and residents. A specific focus on dental associates can help practice owners understand the importance and role of each practice employee. What does a dental associate do?
The standard definition of a dental associate, as defined by the American Student Dental Association, is a non-owner dentist who works as part of a dental practice. This means that they are very much a dentist, and have earned all licenses and credentials for such. But, since they do not own the practice they work in, they are an associate.
Most dental associates are either employees or independent contractors of the dental practice where they work. They might be given different benefits or employee contracts than everyone else who works within the practice.
Why do people choose to become dental associates, instead of opening up their own practice? Like any profession, there are pros and cons. People often choose associateships right out of graduation because they are in need of a steady income right away. Additionally, they also want to gain in-practice experience to lend further credibility to them by the time they do want to open their own practices.
Some associates choose to work for a practice instead of opening their own. This way they don’t have to worry about associated business costs and the responsibilities of managing employees and patients simultaneously.
However, in most cases, dental associates ultimately move on to start their own practices after gaining experience and a network of clientele and professional references.
Who Employs Dental Associates?
Most dental service organizations, also known as DSOs, are part of a network where dentists can collaborate with each other to ensure their practical needs are fulfilled. Some dentists want to hire associates to help them with additional patients, or to assist with the weekend or off-hours work. Others feel that their practice is growing too rapidly, and they need additional dentists to employ to prevent booking issues.
Some employers do eventually offer ownership, but many associates end up leaving of their own accord to start a practice. The typical dental associate is a recent graduate seeking experience and additional education to get them more used to a hands-on job.
Finding The Perfect Practice
Dental associates and practice owners alike both struggle to find locations that are not only good for business but also conveniently located for the patient. Finding the perfect medical or dental office space isn’t always easy.
It’s important to have a list of properties available for lease. Depending on the size of the practice, it may be the job of the dental associate to help locate a new space. In other cases, the dentist will open up a new practice in an ideal location before looking to hire associates.
Dental Office Lease in Los Angeles
Are you a dentist or a dental associate? Are you in touch with medical professionals who are looking for ways to expand their practice? Our Boulevard Medical Properties specialists are here for you! To learn more about finding the perfect dental office space in Los Angeles, please contact us online to get started. You can also call our office at (818) 882-5700 for more information. We look forward to watching your dental practice excel in the perfect location!