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I get about 5-10 messages a day from people asking me which implants to buy, which CBCT to use, which surgical guides to use and other questions.
I thought possibly by setting up a group of general dentist friendly partnerships I could help introduce good products and organizations with people who would be a good fit. The partners that I would be introducing into this GPO, group purchasing organization, that we are starting would be organizations, labs, implant companies, and manufacturers that are all relevant to implant dentistry, and are friendly to use for the general dentist,. I was tired of seeing DSO‘s getting discounts on products and the general dentist still struggling to make overhead and struggle to find quality systems at a good price that were willing to teach and train general dentists and not just specialists.
The general dentist has to worry about the specialist groups and the DSO groups and I thought why not a group for the general dentists. I also want it to be objective and have it be non-specific to just one implant company or just one process so there could be multiple options available. I want to help link and partner with good organizations, implant manufacturers, labs, and other ancillary products that will help bring good value and create long-lasting connections for general dentist learning to place dental implants.
Implantology can be an expensive field, whether with time away from your office taking CE, whether it’s the expense of the instrumentation and kits, whether it’s the expense of the increase overhead of products, or increased technological equipment like CTCT. I wanted to make sure the dentists that were serious about implants could put their time and money wisely into products and services that I could guarantee would work for them and then I could also show them how to integrate them into their practice successfully. I feel if I can save someone time and money and help them make introductions to companies while still providing a non-biased opinion that I could do some service for the implant community and so the group purchasing organization partner program has come from that idea.
The program is going to be a yearly subscription of $100 per month or $1000 per year upfront which will then provide discounts on implant products, CE Courses, and other services that a dentist would need in order to run a successful implant business. In addition to that there will be upcoming webinars and CE opportunities outside of the initial concept. This will also allow me the ability to continue to refine and create more content and relevant aspects for learning and sharing. I hope to continue to further push the limits of implant dentistry for the general dentist while giving back to people looking to get into implant dentistry. Thanks for all the support you have given to dental implant practices so far and I hope the group purchasing organization will have some value towards you and help provide a missing link with you and your practice.
Thanks, and best of luck. Philip Gordon
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