If you’re going to school to become a dentist, you may be wondering if it’s worth it to continue on to a specialization or to go straight to work after school. This video discusses the different specialties and how they compare to a profession in general dentistry.
If you have the opportunity to specialize and have a genuine interest in putting in the extra years to get through a residency then it can pay off. Specialists tend to make more money, and many general dentists have regrets about not specializing, although everyone is going to have their own opinion on this based on their situation.
Specialties do make more money than general dentists and tend to be booked out further since their field may be lucrative in their area. An average dentist has more topics to cover so they end up referring many of their cases to a specialist.
Specializations such as prosthodontists, orthodontists, and periodontists are great high-revenue fields to get into.
Family dentistry practices, while carrying a different name, are general dentists that accept all ages to keep an entire family coming to the same practice. Overall, deciding if you should specialize or not entirely depends on your motivation and interests in the field. Watch along with the video to learn more!