By Susan Braden
Most dentists probably do not consider what would happen if they are no longer able to practice due to injury. Working for dental insurance companies could be a smooth next step for facing this unexpected turn in life. Whether temporary or permanent, the development of a disability could signal a new career direction.
Dentistry is physically demanding on the neck, back, wrists, shoulders and hands due to the hours spent leaning over and repetitively performing precise work. Even minute impairments such as small hand tremor can cause a dentist to become unable to work.
Rather than being destined to a lifetime on the couch, he or she could see a job switch due to disability as an opportunity to grow and learn in a new way. Working for a dental insurance agency may be a solution.
Some dentists may see disability as a handicap, but some see it as an opportunity to try new things and expand their horizons. Due to the "insider" knowledge a dentist gains through experience in communicating with various insurances, a dental insurance agency could benefit from hiring a former dentist as a consultant or in some other position.