If you’re a dentist or a manager of a dental office, having the right equipment and supplies on hand is vital in operating a well-run practice and in meeting the needs of all the patients who come through your doors. Whether you’re opening a brand-new office, or whether you’re remodeling an existing one, you need to ensure you’re prepared with all the tools you need to be successful and to add more happy clients to your growing business. Failure to do these things could result in lost business or unhappy customers. Here are a few things to know when it comes to dental office equipment.
Keep up With the Latest
The term “state-of-the-art” is thrown around in just about every industry to entice business and generate sales. However, “state-of-the-art” usually comes with a hefty price tag. Of course, if you want the best, you have to pay for it, but you can also have effective, proper equipment that does its job without having to get all the bells and whistles. With dental equipment, up to date is more important than shiny and sleek. As a dentist, you’re surely on top of the latest technologies and advancements in dentistry. As long as you’re meeting the latest requirements and recommendations with your dental office equipment, you should be just fine.
Consider the Lab
Some dental offices have offsite labs, while others have them in the office. If you are opening a new facility or remodeling a current one, consider including a lab in your office if you haven’t before. Of course, this brings with it a handsome price tag, so you’ll have to evaluate your budget and capabilities in this area. Washer, lubricators, and sterilizers are essential for any current lab.
For more established practices, one piece of dental office equipment you’ll want to purchase new is the radiology equipment. For startups, it’s perfect fine to use existing radiology equipment, as long as needed refurbishments are made.