Like other traditional industries, health care has been slow to adopt change. Dentists, similar to other clinicians, traditionally grow their careers within existing operating structures. Now, however, dentists have more options for alternative and sustainable career paths.
Dental service organizations (DSOs) have seen significant growth during the last decade, in large part because of their role in expanding dental career paths. As of 2019, the American Dental Association reported that 10% of US dentists were affiliated with DSOs, up from 7.4% in 2014.