Evaluate what equipment you will need for the clinical area of your practice — and decide whether you should purchase or lease the equipment.
How to Evaluate Your Practice's Needs
The equipment you need will primarily depend on how you intend to practice and knowing your facility’s floor plan will help you take the first steps to determine what equipment you’ll need.
What Equipment is Necessary?
If you’re on a tight budget or are just starting into practice, you'll especially want to choose equipment wisely.
You can keep your overhead low by starting with the basics. Then, when your budget permits, you can purchase additional equipment or upgrade existing equipment.
Make sure that a breakeven point analysis is done to justify the acquisition of any new equipment.
For a startup dentist, purchasing well-cared-for used equipment may make good financial sense. Remember to perform due diligence on the equipment and the vendor.
Choosing the Brand of Equipment
Once you have decided what equipment will be necessary (and is essential from a cost-benefit analysis), it’s time to shop. How do you know which brand is best? Who are the vendors in your area that sell and service these types of equipment?
Begin by contacting other dentists to find out about the reputation of the equipment and that of the vendor (availability and accessibility to service the equipment). Another dentist who has had experience in working with a vendor will be the best resource you can find.
Check out industry publication for reviews of dental equipment including information about vendors, types of equipment and contact information.
You can also ask your state dental association/society for a list of reputable vendors. Your association/society may have “endorsed” a vendor, which typically means it has done the due diligence and deemed the vendor to be of high quality and reliability.