Affordable Dentures & Implants Donates $3.5 Million in 2017

In January 2017, Affordable Dentures & Implants announced it would partner with Brighter Way Institute of Phoenix, Arizona, for a nationwide program to deliver free dental implant, oral surgery, and prosthetic treatment to hundreds of US military veterans and homeless citizens. The network of affiliated dental practices set a goal of contributing nearly $3.25 million in pro bono implant and prosthetic services in 2017.

Affordable Dentures & Implants has announced that it exceeded its goal and donated more than $3.5 million in dental services in 2017. Overall, 120 doctors from more than 20 states participated in the six Brighter Way events, where approximately 1,500 implants were placed and approximately 350 denture pieces were fabricated. Affordable Dentures & Implants is looking forward to continuing the program in 2018 and again has six Brighter Way events scheduled. The company hopes to meet and exceed the level of donated care given in 2017.

Michael J. Vaughan, Former COO of American Dental Partners, Joins MBF Healthcare Partners as an Operating Partner

Business Wire –

MBF Healthcare Partners (“MBF”), a leading healthcare private equity firm, today announced that Michael J. Vaughan, Former Chief Operating Officer of American Dental Partners (“ADP”), has joined MBF as an Operating Partner. Mike will work with MBF in identifying Dental Service Organization (“DSO”) opportunities throughout the United States.

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Reflecting On Life’s Decisions: Why A DSO Was Right For Me

Group Dentistry Now –

Whether personal or professional, we’ve all been at a point in our lives where a once singular road splits into two.

A crossroads is about change, not just when things are not working out as we had planned, but also during positive moments when we must choose to continue the course or veer off into something new.

In my own career, that time came in early 2016. After practicing dentistry with a national dental organization for 12 years, I arrived at a point in my life where I knew I needed a change. But what were my next steps? I could either take out a half-of-million-dollar loan to start my own practice from scratch, or I could search for opportunities at a new dental organization. Some decisions at a crossroads are difficult and others seem to fall seamlessly into place; in this case, mine was the latter.

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DSOs Are Promoting Global Dentistry, Volunteerism, And Philanthropy

Group Dentistry Now –

The idea of the greater good has a long yet punctuated history, teeming with diverging meanings.  How is this philosophy of collective purpose illustrated by DSOs? What would the world of philanthropic dentistry look like without DSOs?

Millions live in places where there is little or no access to care. These areas, both urban and rural, could be considered nonoptimal practice locations due to poverty and a lack of insurance, with a reliance on Medicaid. In addition to providing affordable dental care services and convenience, the emergence of DSOs is, in part, based on serving areas which are underserved. Practically speaking, many solo practitioners may not be able to enter that space. They have bills and student loans to pay off.  They may be more inclined to locate their office somewhere they live, somewhere patients have good insurance or can pay for services out of pocket.

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Report on technology readiness of US dental schools

Dentistry IQ –

The Center for Research and Education in Technology (CRET) is pleased to report its completion of the first Technology Readiness Assessment of US dental schools. The idea for the assessment emerged from our discussions with dental industry leaders. These leaders indicated that orders from dental schools for new digital technologies were sluggish compared to dental practices. The reason for this disparity was unclear. Was cost an issue? Were faculty members not prepared to teach the new technology? Were dental schools unaware of the technologies? Was the dental industry putting up a barrier? Or was there some other reason altogether?

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Top DCA Hygienist Wins Hu-Friedy Golden Gracey Award

The Golden Gracey Award recognizes hygienists who exemplify Dental Care Alliance’s core values, consistently provide superior service to patients, and are a role model for other team members.

SARASOTA, FL (November 9, 2017) – Dental Care Alliance is proud to announce Margaret “Maggie” Richard, a Registered Dental Hygienist at Lighthouse Dental Care in Stratford, CT, is the winner of this year’s DCA Hu-Friedy Golden Gracey Award. The honor recognizes the top hygienist in the company who exemplifies the qualities of teamwork, respect, integrity, excellence, reliability, and social responsibility. Ms. Richard consistently excels in providing patient care, which results in a full schedule, excellent patient reviews, and a steady stream of referrals.

Ms. Richard was chosen from a strong field of more than 265 candidates. Her colleagues at Lighthouse Dental Care said she has been a dedicated, loyal, and invaluable team member for 30 years.

“Maggie has an amazing, unfaltering work ethic. She consistently gives 110% and will always look for ways to help the office and team,” said Eileen Geier, the office manager at Lighthouse Dental Care. “She has a great rapport with patients, as can be seen by the number of great reviews she receives. She also has a unique rapport with children and has success treating even challenging patients.”

Ms. Richard received a 24-carat gold-plated Gracey curette that signifies Hu-Friedy’s and DCA’s vision for dental excellence. In addition, she received a 3-day trip to Chicago, Illinois for herself and a friend. The travel package included two round-trip air fares, hotel accommodations for two nights, a tour of Hu-Friedy’s headquarters, and a $500 gift card for meals and entertainment.

Each region in Dental Care Alliance had a top hygienist nominated for this award. Congratulations go to Maria Agapito, Konikoff Dentistry of Lynnhaven in Virginia Beach, VA; Regina Brockman, The Dental Center at Baptist in Miami, FL; April Buczek, The Dental Center of South Bend, Pediatric Dental Office in South Bend, IN; Patricia Ferreira, Advanced Dental Care of Orlando, FL; Barbara Green-Brooks, Dental One Associates of Cross Keys in Baltimore, MD; Leisa Matwijiw, Family Dental Group of Fishkill, NY; Tonya Mitchell, Gentle Dental of Jefferson in Detroit, MI; Lene Pittman, Dental One Associates of College Park, GA; Rachel Ploucher, Dental Solutions of Deptford, PA; Joshua Price, Brad Freedman, DDS & Associates in Alexandria, VA; Michele Sigler-Torres, Dental Associates of Florida in Sun City and Tampa, FL; Grace Smith, Dental Solutions of Stoney Creek in Springfield, PA; and Sara Tufts, Baystate Dental of Longmeadow, MA.

In addition, every hygienist in the Dental Care Alliance network of more than 265 offices received a new scaler in appreciation for the service they provide their patients every day. October is National Dental Hygiene Month, so this is the perfect time to pay tribute to the incredible work performed by the DCA hygienists.

About Dental Care Alliance

Dental Care Alliance is a ground-breaking dental support organization created by dentists who are focused on improving the well-being of both patients and dentists. For more than 25 years, the company has enabled dentists to focus on providing excellent patient care, supported by a team of business professionals to help run the day-to-day operations of a dental office. DCA provides services to more than 265 dental offices operating under 80 brand names in 13 states. DCA is a portfolio company of the New York-based private equity firm Harvest Partners, LP. For more information, visit


ADA forecasts more DSOs in dentistry’s future

Dr. Bicuspid –

More dentists than ever were associated with dental service/support organizations (DSOs) in 2016, and that number is expected to rise, according to new data from the ADA Health Policy Institute. These organizations were also in more states in 2016 than the previous year.

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Integrated oral-systemic treatment: Is dentistry headed in the right direction?

Dentistry IQ –

Dr. Richard H. Nagelberg uses the subway as an analogy to illustrate the changes occurring in dentistry—from practice models to new technology and scientific advancements, such as salivary diagnostics, that can be used to offer personalized treatment for patients. He offers his view of the direction the profession is headed with regard to integrated oral-systemic treatment.

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