I always enjoy going back to our dental fitouts around Sydney a couple of weeks after we have finished our fitout. The big difference is that the dental equipment has then been installed. We work closely with the dental equipment companies and always need to build a number of components into the fit out to facilitate the installation of particular chairs and equipment.
In recent years we have noticed a marked increase of the number of dental fitouts where we install an OPG from the outset. 5 to 10 years ago we would only put an OPG in about 25% of our new dental fit outs. Nowadays about 80% have an OPG. You can now buy a good quality OPG for around $30,000, whereas in the past they might have cost double that. We are also asked to make provision for 3D (hybrid) x-ray machines more often nowadays.
Many more dentists are doing their x-rays, 3D imaging and even milling of crowns etc in-house. The equipment is far more affordable and safer than it used to be. The dentists are aiming for a better patient experience and are hoping to increase revenue along the way. A win-win for dentists and patients.
Many general dentists are now carrying out orthodontic work. This also calls for different x-ray equipment that needs to be able to create digital impressions on site where possible.
Many of the equipment manufacturers now have joint promotions with finance companies to allow dentists to start using new equipment for up to 12 months before having to make payments or pay any interest.
We have good working relationships with most of the major equipment manufacturers and distributors in Australia. If you would like some unbiased, objective advice on equipment please feel free to contact us for a chat, and we can put you in contact with good, reliable people in the dental equipment business.
For the avoidance of any doubt, we have no financial arrangement with any dental equipment suppliers (or any other suppliers for that matter). We just deal with the good reliable people and are happy to put you in touch with them also.