Updating the Dental Office
December 2015 Vol. 32, No. 10
When you are considering upgrades to your practice, it is easiest to divide the office into three areas: 1. Core Equipment: Refers to the items a practice needs to perform dentistry. This category encompasses three areas of your office: ● Operatory (delivery systems, stools, patient chairs, etc) ● Mechanical (vacuums, air compressors, amalgam separators) ● Sterilization (autoclaves, sterilizers, ultrasonics) 2. Digital Technology: Refers to equipment related to imaging (radiography, caries detection) and CAD/CAM dentistry. Although we do not need this equipment to practice dentistry, imaging does greatly improve diagnostic capabilities and introducing CAD/CAM to your office will improve accuracy. 3. Business Solutions: Refers to front desk operations. Many practices will perceive a dichotomy between the business area and the clinical area when it comes to assessing the need for change. However, both areas are interdependent. In order for practice growth to occur, the business, marketing, and patient customer service must match the clinical experience of the patient wherever possible.