Profits Drive Corporate Dentistry | Sandy Springs Dentist OP-ED

Sandy Springs dentist near meWhen PBS’s Frontline turned its focus to corporate dental chain Aspen Dental, it should come as no surprise that they found major potential problems with the way the practices were being run.  One of the major concerns about corporate dentistry is that they recommend unnecessary tooth extractions just because it’s a good way to maximize profits.  We see it in patients who leave for insurance reasons and then come back because they received an enormous amount of treatment planning at an in-network corporate dental practice.

According to one dentist on Frontline, “They spend most of their time trying to talk people out of their teeth.”  Generally, when we are asked for a second opinion we find a lot of unnecessary treatment proposed.

New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman launched an investigation of the chain in 2013 after an investigative report by FRONTLINE. The news report found that Aspen Dental, which targets low-income patients, pressured dentists to increase revenue by using high-pressure sales techniques. Many patients complained of being overcharged or given unnecessary treatments.

The attorney general investigation reached the same conclusions and fined Aspen Dental $450,000.00.  One internal Aspen Dental document released by the attorney general showed the company complaining that hygienists were falling short of their revenue targets and instructing them to sell more products and services to patients.

In our Sandy Springs and Chamblee offices we are proud of our ethics and expertise, and invite you to see us for both your oral and cosmetic health care.

Novy Scheinfeld, DDS, PC

ZoAnna Bock, MS, DMD

Hanna Orland, DMD

Howard Abrahams, DDS

290 Carpenter Drive, 200A

Atlanta (Sandy Springs), GA 30328



3781 Chamblee Dunwoody Road

Chamblee, GA 30341


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