Achieving success and maximising productivity begins with making the best possible decisions. This manual provides the data you need to make an informed decision about dental equipment purchases.
Reliability and longevity.
Durability and dependability should be your top priorities while shopping for dental equipment. Choose sturdy equipment made to handle the everyday demands of dentistry for an area that is constantly wet and heavily used. Next time you’re at a dental expo or a dealer’s showroom, keep the following in mind:
- To gauge the quality of the tools, you should try them out by touching them.
- Dental chairs may be controlled by raising and lowering the armrest. Raise or lower the headrest as needed.
- Do not sit in front of the patient’s chair, but sit next to it. Can you get reasonably close to the chair in each working position?
- Just relax on the dentist’s chair and see how comfortable it is.
- See whether the motion is correct. What kind of texture does it have, rough or smooth? Check the equipment’s stability by handling it. To do this, you should open and shut the cabinets. How easy are they to open and shut?
- It’s important to double-check the assembly of all the different pieces.
Efficacy and effectiveness
How well your apparatus functions is the litmus test by which all others are judged. You can maintain maximum productivity with high-quality equipment. Every element should serve a particular function; it will contribute to your and your team’s success.
The ergonomics of each component should prioritise the health and safety of the patient and the caregiver.
Never waste energy by moving about unnecessarily; instead, always strive to minimise your steps.
You may make it easier to get what you need if you set up your space such that the things you use most often are close at hand. Overreaching for an instrument, twisting your body, or craning your neck are all motions that may be avoided to quicken the operations.
Since treatment teams must maintain neutral stances at all times, any unnecessary movement results in wasted energy. When muscles are strained, they don’t work as well. The nagging pain has steadily become worse over the years.
The aches of incorrect placement accumulate and may lead toa chronic damage, significantly limiting your ability to practise dentistry. Find tools that will reduce the amount of time spent moving about and maximise the effectiveness of your motions.
Credibility and quality of service.
When your tools stop functioning, you can’t get any job done. Having to call for repairs too often may become expensive, and it can also cut productivity.
Select items that require the least amount of maintenance and repair. It would help if you chose a company with a track record of producing high-quality items that are simple to use and require little upkeep.
You may get good equipment by doing proper research:
- Ask colleagues what brand they use.
- Asking customers whether they should repurchase items from a particular brand based on their experience.
- Check the service provided by each brand. Be sure you choose a company that will be there to provide service and upgrades in five, six, or even ten years when the time comes.
Pricing and value
Buying dental equipment with a feature-for-feature or dollar-for-dollar mentality might lead to disappointment in the long run. Enquiring about the product’s performance, dependability, and durability might help you make a more informed buying choice. One should do the following to get the most out of their money:
- Educate oneself on the manufacturer’s output’s reliability, longevity, and quality.
- Educating yourself on the relationship between your OEM and an authorised repair centre.
- What is the company’s track record for providing customer service and a guarantee on its products?