The Importance of Routine Maintenance for Dental Equipment
Providing your patients with top-notch care starts with your medical equipment. And the dental industry uses a wide variety of equipment in dental offices. Without functioning equipment, you can’t provide the services your patients need.
In order to keep your equipment running, you have to schedule routine maintenance checks. “But, my equipment works just fine!” you’re thinking. And you’re right; it probably does. However, regular maintenance can prevent you from being caught off guard by something breaking down in the middle of a root canal.
There is a common misconception in many industries that equipment doesn’t need to be inspected unless it needs to be repaired. Routine maintenance isn’t a scam the manufacturing company is trying to sell you. It can legitimately promote the longevity of your essential (and expensive) equipment.
To keep your machinery from needing a repair, you have to ensure scheduled maintenance checks are marked on the calendar. While the dental equipment police won’t come banging down your practice doors if you don’t have regular maintenance check-ups, there are significant benefits to taking the time to care for your materials.
Things That Can Go Wrong If Your Equipment is Not Maintained
Imagine a day in your practice where everyone is completely booked with no last-minute cancellations. It will be the busiest day of the year, and that morning, the machinery in Room 1 breaks down. It was working just fine yesterday, but today it won’t power up, and you don’t have a backup.
Now your team has to make the call of whether they reschedule some patients or you try to get to everyone with one less set of equipment at your disposal. And then, to make matters worse, a couple of hours later, your best x-ray machine malfunctions and needs to be checked by a technical pro.
Okay, while that’s a dramatized example of a perfect storm of malfunction, you can avoid a similar scenario with regular equipment maintenance, so you aren’t panicking through busy days. (Or slow days, for that matter.)
We know you love your work as a dental professional, but going to the dentist is already a harrowing experience for many. The last thing you want is to make your patients frustrated with long wait times or keep them in pain if you have to reschedule their appointment.
Providing your equipment with the care it needs means that it’s less likely that your machinery will break down unexpectedly. You’ll be able to enter your office with confidence, knowing that your equipment is sterilized, safe, and functioning.
Like gum disease can get exponentially worse when left untreated (even if your gums don’t hurt), equipment maintenance is a lot like dental hygiene. When you give your equipment minor fixes as you go, you avoid a catastrophic disaster that may lead to replacing the machine altogether.
Cost of Repairs vs. Maintenance Inspections
Repairing or replacing machinery is significantly more expensive than performing routine maintenance inspections. A small investment of time and money can have a significant impact on your overall yearly budget.
If something completely breaks down and you need it fixed as soon as possible, you’ll likely have to pay extra to expedite the service. And if you wait, then you have to sacrifice patient satisfaction and office productivity.
By performing general and preventative maintenance, you’re taking steps to prevent a more significant malfunction so you can keep working at your optimum efficiency. General maintenance includes routinely checking for and repairing minor discrepancies in equipment, while preventative maintenance requires a routine tune-up of a device.
The good news is that there’s technology available that enables you and your staff to stay on top of a maintenance calendar to make sure everything stays in top shape.
Longevity of Equipment If Maintained
Since state-of-the-art dental equipment costs a pretty penny, the last thing you want is for it to break down way sooner than it needs to.
Routine care expands the lifetime of your machinery because you’re taking the time to fix little bugs before everything falls apart.
If your patients only came to see you when their teeth hurt and they didn’t regularly brush or floss, you’d have quite a bit of work to do and will likely have to remove a few teeth. But if they come for their six-month check-ups and stay on top of their dental hygiene, it’s unlikely that they’ll come in with a mouth full of cavities.
See where we’re going with this metaphor?
Loss of Revenue Every Time Your Equipment Is Down
Not only do you have to funnel money into expensive repairs when something breaks down, but you also lose revenue when you have to cancel appointments because you don’t have the tools you need to take care of your patients.
And although you got into this field to help people, you’d have to close your doors completely without significant revenue. So it’s essential to make the money you need so you can keep helping people.
Routine maintenance of your dental equipment makes sure that you can help your patients when they need you and that you’ll have your office doors open for many years to come.
Uptime Health for Routine Equipment Management
Keeping a calendar for routine maintenance can be difficult when you’re as busy as you already are. That’s why we developed UptimeHealth to automate your compliance in under five minutes.
You’ll never have to miss another compliance task or equipment inspection with our easy-to-use mobile-friendly software.
We know you love your paper calendar, but things can slip through the cracks with traditional systems, and we want to make sure nothing escapes your notice. Our system will improve your efficiency, increase the accountability of your team, simplify documentation control, and keep your equipment running longer.
Our system has been shown to have a 300% return on investment and save over 6,000 hours of our clients’ time. We provide end-to-end management for your equipment, logs, and compliance records.