According to Dental Planet, the average dental practice will spend about $500,000 on equipment and supplies for their business. The choice of supplies has a large impact on the quality of patient care and the future growth of a dental practice. While we’d all love to have the latest and greatest in new dental equipment, the expense means dentists must choose carefully.
Consider the following tips to ensure you get the most out of your money and avoid missteps when it comes to choosing a dental supplies company.
Do Your Research
When you identify a need for new equipment, your first step should be to do as much research as possible. You won’t know whether you’re investing in quality supplies unless you understand the options the market has on offer.
In the past, dental practitioners had to rely on catalogues, magazines, and word-of-mouth when researching new equipment and supplies. Now, the Internet is a valuable source of information for dentists. A reputable supplier of dental tools will have an online presence, complete with equipment specifications, to help dentists do their research.
Writing for the Dental Economics website, Dr. Jeff Carter recommends taking three months to research your options, view demonstrations from vendors, and review pricing quotes before spending more than $20,000 on equipment.
Though this may only take a few hours in total, it’s best to spread this out over the course of a few weeks than attempt to rush through it. This will give you enough time to really consider the information you’ve learned. You may also need time to upgrade your existing systems to utilize the new supplies.
Find a Reputable Provider
Not all dental supplies are created equal. Prices aside, some simply perform better than others because they are made from high-quality materials or manufactured with more care. That’s why it’s important not to buy from anyone unless you’re sure the manufacturer is reputable.
When choosing a provider of dental tools, look for how long they’ve been on business, the after-sale service they offer, and their reputation among other professionals. Pay attention to reviews from practitioners with firsthand experience using the equipment or supplies. They know how it feels to use the equipment, how it stands up to real-world use, and how it impacts their practice.
You should also pay attention to any accolades your colleagues have given the company, like the Dental Advisor Editor’s Choice awards. Dental supplies is a crowded field, and those who stand above the rest will receive recognition for their work.