PDS Opens 700th Supported Practice

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Pacific Dental Services (PDS) has opened its 700th supported practice in Lawrence, Kansas, as it celebrates its 25-year anniversary. All PDS-supported dental offices provide comprehensive dentistry including CEREC CAD/CAM same-day crowns, scaling and root planing, restorations, extractions, and digital x-rays. Specialty services such as endodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, periodontics, and pediatric dentistry are offered as well.

“Although our support services network has expanded across 20 states throughout the US, our business remains uniquely local,” said Stephen E. Thorne IV, PDS CEO and founder. “Regardless of how large PDS grows, within their local neighborhood practice, each owner dentist remains focused on providing comprehensive oral healthcare, one patient at a time.”

According to PDS, its practices are committed to the whole body and aim to educate patients about the links between oral and overall health. With more than 120 diseases originating in the mouth, PDS will be moving to the Epic practice management system to better coordinate with other physicians, improving care and eliminating redundancies.

“Oral healthcare is a critical component of overall health, and this investment will enable PDS-supported clinicians and their patients to more fully participate in the promise of a seamless, comprehensive healthcare system focused on whole body health,” said Thorne. 

“Poor oral health has been linked to cardiovascular disease, pregnancy and birth defects, and diabetes. Through the use of Care Everywhere, dentists across the country will have real-time access to important clinical information,” said Alan Hutchinson, vice president of population health at Epic.

Furthermore, Inc. Magazine has named PDS to its list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies 13 times and among its Top 10 Heroes of the American Economy for its role in creating jobs in the healthcare industry. And in partnership with the Pacific Dental Services Foundation, PDS-supported clinicians have provided more than $25 million in donated dentistry to underserved patients in need. 

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