Minnesota Dentists Facts and Data 2004

The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care asks dentists to answer questions about their employment status and the nature of their practices each year when they renew their licenses. Response to the survey is voluntary and does not affect license renewal.

NOTE: In the tables below, “urban” is defined to include seven Twin City metropolitan counties (Anoka, Carver, Dakota, Hennepin, Ramsey, Scott and Washington) and the cities of Duluth, Rochester and St. Cloud.

Number of Dentists

In January 2005, there were 3,296 dentists with Minnesota licenses. Some of these were retired or not working as dentists, and many lived or practiced in other states. The Board of Dentistry received an estimated 3,683 license renewals due January 1, 2004.

The Office of Rural Health & Primary Care received survey responses from 2,333 dentists during 2004. At the time of license renewal, 1,872 of these said they worked at least part time at a primary practice site in Minnesota.

The exact number of dentists actually practicing in Minnesota is not known. Survey respondents represented 63 percent of all dentists renewing licenses in 2004. If active Minnesota-based dentists responded to the survey at about the same rate as all dentists renewing their licenses, the estimated total number of dentists working at least part time in Minnesota would be about 2,970. If active Minnesota dentists were more likely to respond to the survey, the estimated number of active Minnesota dentists would be somewhat lower. Using the July 1, 2004, population estimate for Minnesota, 2,970 dentists equate to 58 active dentists per 100,000 people.

Because of different data sources and definitions, this estimate of 58 active dentists is not directly comparable to other reported data. The Bureau of Health Professions in the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration reported that Minnesota had 3,522 practicing dentists in 2000, or 71 dentists per 100,000 people, exceeding the national number of 64. This federal data appears to include licensed dentists practicing in states other than the state in which licensed.

All data reported below is for dentists who work at least part time at a primary practice site in Minnesota, according to the Office of Rural Health & Primary Care survey of dentists renewing licenses for 2004.

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Geographic distribution of primary practice site

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Age and gender of dentists in Minnesota

Age
N
Male
Female
All dentists
1,872
81.1%
18.9%
Under 35
264
63.6%
36.4%
35-44
377
62.6%
37.4%
45-54
653
84.1%
15.9%
55-64
432
97.5%
2.6%
65 and older
146
98.6%
1.4%
Urban locations
1,287
78.8%
21.2%
Rural locations
585
86.2%
13.8%

Age of dentists active in Minnesota, by location, 2004

Age
Statewide
n=1,872

Urban
n=1,287

Rural
n=585
Less than 35
14.1%
15.2%
11.6%
35-44
20.1%
20.9%
18.5%
45-54
34.9%
34.8%
35.0%
55-64
23.1%
21.1%
27.4%
65 and older
7.8%
7.9%
7.5%
Total
100%
100%
100%

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Dentist Specialties

Twenty percent of respondents reported training or board certification in a specialty area:

  • Orthodontics 6 percent
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery 4 percent
  • Endodontics 2 percent
  • Pediatric dentistry 2 percent
  • Periodontics 2 percent
  • Other specialties 4 percent

Eighty-four percent of specialists were male.

Eighty-five percent of specialists had primary practices in urban areas.

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Dentists active in Minnesota, primary practice settings by location

Practice Setting
All Dentists
Urban
Rural
N=respondents
1,872
1,287
585
Solo private
46.1%
40.9%
57.4%
Group private
43.5%
46.5%
36.9%
Educational
3.7%
5.1%
.5%
Clinic (non staff HMO)
.6%
.6%
.5%
Hospital (acute care)
.6%
.9%
-0-
Institutional
1.3%
1.4%
1.2%
Public health facility
.9%
.9%
1.0%
Staff model HMO
1.1%
1.6%
-0-
Other
2.1%
2.0%
2.4%

Gender of dentists active in Minnesota, by practice settings

Practice Setting
N
Male
Female
All sites
1,872
1,518
354
Solo private
863
87.7%
12.3%
Group private
815
75.5%
24.5%
Educational
69
84.1%
15.9%
Clinic (non staff HMO)
11
72.7%
27.3%
Hospital (acute care)
11
72.7%
27.3%
Institutional
25
84.0%
16.0%
Public health facility
17
35.3%
64.7%
Staff model HMO
21
81.0%
19.0%
Other
40
70.0%
30.0%

 

Updated Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 12:28PM