Stop Doing Fillings and Crowns (And What You Should Do Instead)


Many, if not all, dentists consider fillings and crowns as their bread and butter. It can feel rather mundane and repetitive, but it’s one of the most in-demand services in our practice. However, there is so much more to our profession than to simply fill holes and gaps all day. This is why, in an interview for the Dental Guys podcast, I advocated for the reduction of fillings and crowns. 

In today’s episode, I share a replay of my guest appearance on the Dental Guys podcast. I discuss why I decided to reduce the number of crowns and fillings in my practice. I explain other services you can use as a substitute and how you can still offer crowns and fillings without doing it yourself. I also describe what my savings plan looks like, how I handle medical billing, and how we should seek to disrupt our industry.

“At the end of the day, if you’re a dentist that only does restorative dentistry… you’re a mechanic.” – T-Bone

This week on T-Bone Speaks Dentistry Podcast:

  • Why I decided to stop doing fillings and crowns in my business.
  • Substituting fillings with something more productive.
  • Why I believe you can either be a doctor or a mechanic in this profession.
  • What you can do to create the type of business you want to run.
  • The real fear that prevents us from taking more time off.
  • My ideal business model and how I plan to achieve it.
  • How old gurus are preventing new dentists from achieving entrepreneurial success.
  • The power of delegation that results in increased practice productivity.
  • What I always tell my team members regarding work ethic.
  • What you should do when an associate needs money.
  • How I did my practice's medical billing.

Our Favorite Quotes:

  • "Free your time up to be able to focus on those things that bring you joy." – T-Bone
  • "You have to set wild goals and be ambitious." T-Bone

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