Is It Time To Evaluate Your Dental Equipment?

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There comes a certain point when you need to take the time to evaluate the equipment in your dental practice. There may be certain pieces of equipment that give you headaches on a daily basis. There may be other pieces of equipment that just need some fine-tuning to improve performance. In the end, the decision comes down to two choices during your evaluation: repair or replace. Let’s take a look at the evaluation process using examples with some of the more commonly used dental equipment.

Utilize A Detailed Equipment Log

It helps to have detailed documentation of the date and price of purchase for each piece of equipment. This will help give you a good understanding of what to expect moving forward with each piece. For example, let’s say you bought an x-ray unit about seven years ago. Most x-ray units will last somewhere between 5 and 7 years before major problems start to arise. In this case, you can assume that your x-ray unit is coming to the end of its life. You certainly got your money’s worth out of it; however, an upgrade is likely on the way. You may want to project the price of a new x-ray unit into this year’s budget. Run down the list of your equipment and see if anything stands out when it comes to the age of the equipment.

To help give you an idea of the useful life of most dental equipment, check out this document posted by the University of Maryland.

What Should You Look During Your Equipment Evaluation?

The answer to this question depends on the equipment in question. Let’s take the dental chair for this example. You need to evaluate all components of the chair to make a final decision. Let’s say you are having a problem with the water coming through the handpiece. This is a fixable issue that a repair technician can likely fix fairly easily. However, let’s say you have several other issues going on with the chair. Maybe the electronic controls aren’t working either. And maybe you checked your equipment log and you realized that this chair is coming to the end of its predicated life expectancy. This combination of factors means it’s time to consider the purchase of a new chair. This type of thorough evaluation should take place with each piece of equipment in your practice.

How Often Should You Evaluate?

The evaluation process is all about being prepared for the future. When you evaluate your dental equipment, you can get a good idea of how money will likely need to be spent in the upcoming months. We recommend doing the evaluation process at least twice a year: once in the beginning and once towards the end. You can certainly do limited evaluations throughout the year as you see needed (especially if certain equipment gives you trouble).

As you evaluate, make sure you take note of the maintenance that is being carried out on each piece of equipment. No piece of equipment is maintenance-free. If you want your equipment to last longer, regular maintenance is a must-have. Ensure that you have a reliable maintenance schedule set up for all equipment.

If you are looking to buy or sell your dental equipment, the Clineeds Marketplace is the new online platform designed to help a variety of healthcare professionals to buy and sell used equipment. Click here to get started today.

 

 

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