Running your own dental practice is no small feat, and as a practice owner, there are a million different needs demanding your attention at any given moment. In addition to the expected call of patient care, there are also administrative tasks, employee management and budgetary concerns. And while delivering patient care is of the utmost importance, the reality is that if you are unable to run a profitable business, providing quality care will be impossible.
One way to make sure your business stays profitable is to increase productivity. Below, we have compiled the top dental technologies you can employ in your practice to increase productivity across all areas.
Dental Lasers allow you to perform a greater number of procedures, increases the speed at which you can perform procedures and increase patient satisfaction by being virtually pain-free, and not requiring anesthesia. This dental technology will improve your practice by not only improving patient outcomes and patient satisfaction, but can also increase the number of procedures you are able to complete in a day.
Digital X-rays are a growing trend in dentistry that can improve the productivity of your practice. The most advanced form of digital x-rays are Cone Beam computed tomography (CBCT), which gives practitioners a three-dimensional look at soft tissue, teeth and implants, bone and digital impressions. These x-rays give dental practitioners a more in-depth look at their patients’ teeth and mouth and are faster than traditional X-rays, while still producing a large number of images. Leveraging this technology can easily cut down the amount of time needed for diagnosis and increases the productivity of the practice.
Automated Patient Tracking & Management Software
Automated Patient Tracking & Management Software is a more advanced way to manage your dental practice from a management standpoint. Though this technology will not impact your dental procedures, it will make a big impact on administrative duties and patient appointments. Digital automation technology, such as Curve Dental, Dentimax, Dovetail among others, benefits your practice by streamlining, organizing, and reducing daily processes both in and out of the office. This increases the productivity of your practice by spending less time on daily administrative processes and cutting down on patient no shows.
3D printing has become a growing trend across many industries and has recently made its way into dental practices. Spearheaded by orthodontics, 3D printing can also be used by other dental practitioners to quickly create accurate molds of teeth for planning, veneers, orthodontia and other procedures. The major benefits of 3D printing in dentistry are that dentists and patients save money, and dental and orthopedic services are faster and more accurate.
Intraoral scanners offer simplified procedures and reduce the amount of time needed for taking an impression and eliminate plaster models. This cuts down on the time and effort needed when taking impressions as well as the total time needed for the procedure. This will increase productivity and cut down on time needed prior to procedures.
Dental technologies becoming increasingly important in dental practices
The above technologies, among others, can increase your productivity and improve clinical results, therefore increasing patient satisfaction and retention. Though top dental technologies can include a significant upfront investment, the return on investment (ROI) is significant due to increased productivity, increased procedures in house and improved patient outcomes. Patients are also coming to expect more advanced technologies in their dental practices.
Overall, dental technologies can improve every aspect of your practice, leading to a more productive and therefore profitable practice.
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