Week in Review: Burnout soars among dentists | Implant procedure leads to lawsuit | September doesn't have to suck

Dear DrBicuspid Member,

Burnout is real and on the rise since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our top story of the week details survey findings showing that burnout has soared among dentists.

In a survey of 377 dental providers, 71% reported an increase in feelings of burnout since the start of the pandemic, and 58% reported feelings of burnout due to work a few times per week. The issue is especially prominent among female dentists: Two-thirds of female providers feel burnout at least once a week.

If you're in the majority of dental professionals who are experiencing burnout, our columnists shared tips to prevent and manage burnout.

Lawsuit after implant procedure

Patient Ms. P wanted implants after seeing TV commercials that touted their benefits for replacing missing teeth. But after she ended up in the hospital with bisphosphonate-related osteonecrosis of the jaw, her restorative dentist was slapped with a lawsuit.

Dr. Marc Leffler covers the case details and accusations against the treating dentist. He also offers key takeaways that may help you reduce the risks in your practice.

Feeling the September slump?

When September rolls around, many practices brace for a significant slump in the numbers. But September doesn't have to suck, writes Curtis Marshall. He shares three reasons why numbers tend to dip in September so you can strategize how to overcome a downturn.

One reason for the slump is that fewer visits are scheduled and completed in September, according to Marshall. If you're wondering why patients continue to postpone appointments, a new survey of more than 1,000 adults may provide some clarity. High out-of-pocket costs and a fear that care will be painful were two of the reasons cited for delaying a dental visit.

Back-to-school tips from a hygienist

Not only is September noteworthy from a practice perspective, but it also marks the start of a new school year for many families with children in your practice. Lindsey Dalley, RDH, lists five messages to share with patients to ensure that oral health isn't forgotten in the back-to-school shuffle. Practical tips include packing an oral care kit for kids with braces and stocking up on low-sugar snacks and drinks.

One last note about September: The Labor Day long weekend is here. In observance of the holiday, DrBicuspid.com will not publish stories on Monday. I hope you get some time to relax and have fun this weekend, and I look forward to sharing more exciting content with you starting on Tuesday.

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