Why Texas’s dental office business is tanking
Texas, with its reputation as the epicenter of high-tech manufacturing and its vast network of hospitals, is seeing a drop in the number of dentists.
The dentists are leaving because of higher costs and the need to stay close to patients, according to dental records obtained by The Daily Beast.
Dental office equipment sales have been declining for decades.
The most recent national data showed that dentists saw a net loss of 5,000 jobs in 2015.
In Texas, dentists in 2014 lost 1,400 jobs.
Texas dental office operators are struggling to keep up with growing demand and a shrinking supply of office equipment.
Dentists in Dallas, Austin, Houston, and Austin-Round Rock saw a total of 2,300 dentists leave in 2015, the latest year for which data is available.
The state lost 1.6 million dentists, according the state Department of Health.
Dentist salaries have not recovered from the recession.
Dentistry is one of the state’s largest industries, employing about 8,000 workers.
According to data from the state, dentist salaries rose $1,600 in inflation-adjusted dollars in 2016.
In 2016, the median annual salary for a dentist in Texas was $102,000, according a recent study by the Texas Medical Association.
Dentologists in Dallas County saw a decrease in revenue of $2,300 in 2016, according an analysis of the county’s data by the Austin American-Statesman.
Dentures and office supplies have become more expensive as dentists have cut back on dental visits, cutting the number that they can take on patients.
In addition, dentistry’s supply of equipment has fallen because dentists use fewer supplies, such as dentures and appliances.
Denture sales declined by $2.2 million in 2016 from 2015, according data from a Dallas-based company, M.A. Dentals.
Denturers and dentists who have to keep their offices open have been cutting back on office space, which can also mean higher rent.
Texas Office Depot, the largest private-sector retailer in the state and a main supplier to dental offices, has been cutting staff by almost 20 percent in the past three years, according its financial statements.
The company’s financial statement showed a decrease of $11.6 billion in net revenue in 2017, compared to $18.9 billion in 2016 and $28.2 billion in 2015 combined.
M. A. Dentels’ financial statement also showed a drop of $1.4 billion in operating expenses in 2017 from 2016, a decrease that was largely offset by a $4.2-billion decrease in operating revenue.
A. also has reported a loss of $5.2 to $5,200 in 2017 due to a decline in dental office inventory, according TOI’s calculations.
Denturists have also faced pressure to cut expenses and pay more for office supplies and equipment, according TxDOT.
“Dentists are looking for other opportunities,” said Jennifer Estrada, a spokesperson for Texas Dental Supply Chain.
“There’s no one way to do it.”
The cost of dental office supplies has been rising, but dentists can afford to pay less because they have less staff.
Moleskine, a company that makes dental supplies, reported a net decline of $7.2 in its 2017 quarterly report.
“We’re getting to the point where we’re not even getting the supply we needed,” said Lisa Korte, a dental technician who works for Molesky.
“In order to have a dentistry office that’s as efficient as we want, we need to do the same thing as a dental office.”
Texas has a shortage of dentures.
Last year, the state had the fourth-highest rate of dental hospitalizations in the nation, according National Association of Dental Surgeons data.
Denturgical visits are a critical part of the dental experience, but the number and type of patients dental offices treat have dropped.
According a 2015 study by UT Austin and the University of Texas Health Science Center, only about half of the patients at dental offices are in the urgent care room, the third-highest percentage of patients in the U.S. and second-highest in the world.
In 2014, only half of patients who needed emergency care at dental office visits in Texas were in the hospital, according that study.
Denticians are also finding it harder to find dental care in their own communities.
The number of patients that dental office saw in 2015 was the lowest since 1998, according UT Austin data.
The UT Austin study also found that more than half of dental offices surveyed reported a shortage in a community with a high percentage of residents who have a chronic condition or who have other health conditions.
The study also said that while dental office closures in Texas are rare, they happen regularly.
According the UT Austin report, in 2016 there were about 6,000 dental offices in Texas, and they accounted for