Break Out of the Mold and Learn to Love Being a Dentist… Again

Dentists with strong surgical and sedation skills are finding that our non-traditional practice model restores their passion, improves their lifestyle, and increases profitability.

 Being a dentist can be really stressful, especially when you spend more time managing employees, dealing with dental insurance, working on accounting and juggling all the non-dental duties that go along with owning and running a successful dental practice.

The average dentist spends only about 60% of their time performing dentistry, while the other 40% is spent on managerial and administrative tasks. (Dental Economics; vol. 95, issue 6; “Production Increase”).

It is no wonder so many dentists feel stressed out, burned out and (gasp!) even tired of being a dentist.

If you are like most dentists, there are a handful of procedures that you truly love to do, which are the most fulfilling to you emotionally and professionally.  For a growing number of general dentists whose passion and skillset lies in performing surgical procedures and sedation, the answer is a practice model that suits their passion while

providing a positive and predictable experience for patients. Ask yourself this question:  Would you rather offer 40-50 dental procedures that you are pretty good at, or 4-6 dental procedures that you are expert level: ninja at?

Introducing the Win-Win VIPS Dental Practice Model

The Virtual Innovative Practice Systems model was developed behind one simple idea: patients dislike the inconvenience of referrals, and doctors hate giving away production. VIPS has built a better way – a system where everyone wins.


Reach New Heights

A VIPS practice provides surgical and sedation services to patients in the comfort and familiarity of their regular general dental office.  The patient wins because they do not have to go outside of thei

r dental “home” for treatment such as wisdom teeth extraction or dental implants.  The hosting general dental office wins because their patients are more likely to follow through with treatment in this model, not to mention the boost in office production and collections that comes with adding surgical services to the practice.  The VIPS mobile dentist wins because he or she spends all of their time performing the procedures they enjoy the most, and minimal time running the practice.

Tilting the Way You Look at Dental Practice

In order to fully understand what being a VIPS dental practice owner can mean to a general dentist, we need to take a closer look at the differences between a traditional brick and mortar practice vs. a VIPS mobile dental practice.

Lower Overhead

A VIPS practice is different from a traditional practice.  Because the practice is mobile, meaning that the dentist travels to “hosting” dental offices, there is no physical central location.  Think about what that means- no mortgage or rent, no utilities, minimal equipment expenses, and fewer staff members.  The overhead costs involved in owning a VIPS dental practice vs. a traditional practice are markedly lower.

Less Debt

The average general dentist begins his or her career about $400k in debt from student loans and living expenses incurred while in school and residency.  A dentist, who then purchases or builds a traditional practice, will add another $500k- $750k more debt on top of that just to get the practice started (we are up to about $1.15M in debt now).  Imagine the mental pressure of carrying all of this debt!

A VIPS dental practice owner incurs only a fraction of this debt, making it easier to become debt free faster.

Say ‘No’ to Reinventing the Wheel

After initial practice set up, practice building is often an expensive series of trial and error, spending money, time and resources on figuring out what works best.  Dental consultants can help streamline the practice building process and help you set up systems to increase profitability and reduce inefficiencies, but most dentists starting a practice do not have the resources to hire a great dental consultant on a regular basis.

Add in supplies, equipment repairs, rising fixed overhead and advertising expenses.  You can start to see why most young dental practices are understaffed, with the majority of administrative and business planning duties falling on the dentist.  Unfortunately, the dentist rarely relinquishes those responsibilities as success comes, and continues to spend 40% of the day working on administrative work.

A dentist makes a living by expertly performing dental procedures on patients in exchange for a fee.  According to research, the average dentist is only producing at 60% capacity because the rest of the day is spent working on things that do not produce income for the practice. A VIPS dentist spends 85% of their workday actively engaged in patient care.

A VIPS practice follows a proven model which has produced consistent, predictable results for more than 30 years.  There is no need to reinvent the wheel- the best practices are spelled out and time tested to help VIPS dentists attain greater success faster.  VIPS doctors rely on a team of clinical, administrative, practice management, accounting, legal, marketing and financial experts to maintain the day to day functions and long term planning for the practice.  VIPS doctors spend an average of 85% of their workday actively engaged in patient care.

Success is in the Support

A mobile surgery practice is not a new concept, and many have ventured out into the vast traveling surgery wilderness to forge their own way.  Very, very few have been successful.  The fact is, to mobile surgery success, and it relies heavily on providing a level of support, training, education and mentorship that simply is not available outside of VIPS.

Success comes faster and more predictably to VIPS dentists because the systems have been perfected many times over the past 3 decades.   With the infrastructure, personal mentorship and administrative leadership available to VIPS doctors, their success is all but guaranteed.

Our doctors consistently report:

  • Low overhead
  • Fewer staffing problems
  • More time spent on patient care
  • Higher than average productivity and income
  • Significantly improved work-life balance

 Take Back Your Career

If you don’t love surgery, or the idea of starting your own mobile dental surgery practice, you probably would not have read over 1,000 words into this post.  Because you are intrigued, we invite you to contact VIPS Dental for more information.  There is more to the story than we can include in this short post, and you owe it to yourself to explore the options available to you through VIPS.


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What To Eat After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Milkshakes are going to get old really fast, and you are going to crave variety. Here are some ideas and suggestions for eating right, after you have had your wisdom teeth removed.

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What To Eat After Wisdom Teeth Extraction

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A liquid diet is recommended.

What you eat following wisdom teeth extraction can have a big impact on how you feel during your recovery. While you can expect to be sore and maybe swollen following oral surgery, most patients do not experience high levels of pain after their extractions. Your doctor provides detailed instructions about dietary restrictions and foods to avoid during your recovery period in order to help you follow the smoothest, most comfortable post- operative course possible.

Good Nutrition Supports Healing

Diet plays an important role in the healing process. Making sure you are getting good nutrition, plenty of protein and vitamins is important for your healing body. Let’s face it, when your mouth is sore, you are probably not going to be munching on a healthy salad, nor should you!

Yes, You Do Need to Stick to a Liquid Diet…Sorry

A liquid diet is strongly advised for the first two weeks following wisdom teeth surgery. The primary reason to stick to a liquid diet is to avoid having food particles get trapped below the gum tissue, inside the tooth socket. When food particles become trapped, they can cause a lot of pressure and increasing pain. The majority of patients who see their doctor complaining of “dry socket” after surgery actually have increased pain from food trapped in the sockets.When the food is removed and the socket cleaned, the symptoms subside.

Your healing tooth socket is basically an open wound. If you rub a plate of spaghetti and meatballs into an open wound on your arm, it is going to cause pain. The same is true for your mouth. When food particles get trapped in the socket, and stay there for any length of time, they can cause irritation, pain and even infection.

Sticking to a liquid diet also supports healing.  Limited movement from biting and chewing helps prevent disturbance of the surgical area, allowing healing to take place faster.

We Can Help You Do It!

How are you going to stick to a liquid diet for 2 weeks? The fact is, it is not easy, but it can be done with a little bit of planning and willpower. In addition, over time, soft solid foods can be added to your diet during the end of the second week, as long as you are being very diligent about irrigating the lower tooth sockets well after each meal.

Milkshakes are going to get old really fast, and you are going to crave variety. Here are some ideas and suggestions for eating right, after you have had your wisdom teeth removed.

Wisdom Teeth Diet Tips

  • Check out some recipes for blended meals, shakes, smoothies and soups on our Pinterest Page.
  • You can put almost anything in a blender, it might not look great, but the taste will be the same!
  • Supplement your liquid diet with nutrition shakes like Ensure, Boost, or Carnation Instant Breakfast
  • Stock up on yogurt, hummus, broth and cream soups.
  • Mash cooked vegetables such as carrots, cauliflower and potatoes.
  • Stock up on juice drinks such as those available in the produce section at the supermarket.
  • Watch this video about foods to avoid and foods to eat during your recovery.

After your wisdom teeth surgery, eat well, follow your instructions and have a smooth recovery!

It’s Not Business As Usual… It’s Better Here

In today’s dental business environment, going it alone in private practice is a bigger risk than ever. There are more dentists, more group practices, and more corporate dental companies competing for the same patients. Dental insurance companies dictate treatment for patients, and reimbursements continue to decline, while the cost of doing business increases.

In an ADA Research Brief (Bradley Munson & Marko Vujicic, 2014)1, it is reported that:
• Office-based dentists’ earnings are not rebounding, despite several years of economic recovery since the “Great Recession” of the early 2000s.
• Low dentist “busyness” levels and decreased wait times indicate that additional capacity is available in the dental care system.
• Given that dental spending is expected to remain sluggish, while the supply of dentists is expected to increase, the prospects for office-based dentists’ earnings will likely be flat.

Aligning yourself with a business model which has proven to maintain a high profit margin, a desirable work-life balance, and satisfying clinical practices is good advice.
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What if there was a way to break free from high overhead, lower profits, and an ever-expanding procedure list and just treat patients well…while making
a great living? What if you really could have it all while owning your own practice?

VIPS Dentists who love surgery, periodontics, or endodontics have found that it is still possible to build a practice, which is more profitable than average, while only doing the procedures they enjoy.

VIPS Dental provides a proven platform designed to help dentists build a successful traveling practice providing specialized services. The VIPS Dental platform is proven to minimize the negatives and enhance the positives of owning your own practice.

Learn more about how VIPS Dental can design, develop and support a mobile dental practice for you.