Dentists near retirement are often seeking less costly alternatives to brokered sales of their practices, and want to be sure they are selecting a successor who will care for patients and employees as they have. Some dentists want to expand their presence in the dental marketplace by acquiring additional practices. Some want the opportunity to work with buyers as associates before transitioning. Some want to continue as an associate for a time after the sale. Finally, some want to retain part ownership by taking on a partner.