By Kathy Simpson
The decision to upgrade equipment is not one that most dentists take lightly. New equipment can be costly. It can also come with a learning curve that temporarily disrupts the established routines that keep a practice running smoothly.
Although these are important considerations, carefully considered equipment upgrades may be warranted and advisable, especially given the continuous advances in dental technology today. In fact, new equipment that raises the level of the service you provide and the quality of the dental patient’s comfort and care may be just the right investment to make in the future of your practice.
These guidelines can help you evaluate if an equipment upgrade is in your best interest.
Practice essentials, such as the hydraulic patient’s chair, cabinetry, dental delivery systems and lighting are long-term investments. When maintained routinely and in accordance with manufacturer recommendations, you may never need to replace these types of equipment. Chairs can be reupholstered, and a maintenance program can help you keep both large and small equipment in like-new working order. And insurance will help protect your investment from the unique risks to a dental professional.
Specialized Dental Equipment
Innovations in dental technology are opening up new options for patient care and raising the bar for dental restorations, cosmetic procedures and endodontics. To keep pace with your competitors, here are some of the technologies to consider now and to watch for the future:
Making a Decision
To determine the viability of a new purchase for your practice, carefully evaluate these important questions:
For any purchase you may choose to make, be sure that you and your staff receive the training you need to maximize your use of the equipment. Also create a plan for marketing your investment so your patients can learn about your practice improvements and any new services you have to offer.