Is Cone Beam a Cost-Efficient Service?
Adding new equipment to your dental practice is a big decision. Before moving forward, you
want to make sure that it’s a cost-efficient choice. That is the case with anything, but especially
when it comes to cone beam technology. One of these devices goes for around $100,000, so you
need to know that it makes financial sense before you make a purchase. There is not a
straightforward answer to this, as it differs from one practice to the next. First, look at how much
your practice will make, and then look at other moneymaking options. Then, you’ll know if
CBCT technology will be a good investment for your practice.
Cost of Scans
Most practices charge between $150 and $700 per CBCT scan. If you take the cost per scan and
multiply it by the number of scans that you intend to do each month, you’ll have a good idea of
how much money you’ll make each month.
In order to determine how many scans you’ll do each month, you need to think about how you’ll
use it. This technology has a variety of uses, including: ?
1. Diagnosis and treatment of tooth impactions ?
2. Dental implants ?
3. Locating the maxillary sinus ?
4. Evaluating and treating trauma
This is just a small number of uses. Consider all potential uses, and then determine how much
money you’ll make each month.
Renting the Machine Out
Scanning your patients is just one way to make money with your CBCT equipment. You can also
rent the machine out to local providers. Put some feelers out to see how much money you can
make with this option. It will help you determine how profitable your machine will be.
A Word of Caution
If you move forward with CBCT technology, you might feel compelled to overuse it to make
your money back quickly. While that is common, it’s also a bad idea. Only use the technology as
needed or you’ll end up getting a bad reputation in your field. You want people to trust you, and
if you use an expensive piece of technology more than is needed, you’ll lose that trust relatively
quickly. If that happens, you’ll have a hard time getting your money back from your CBCT
investment. In fact, you’ll have a hard time getting any money at all. You’ll have to find new
patients who don’t know about you so you can start from scratch.
Now it’s time to think about investing in CBCT technology. If you think that it’s an
economically sound investment, create a plan and move forward. Whether you want to offer
more scans for your own patients or you want to rent it out to other practitioners, come up with a
plan that will let you generate a solid return on investment so you can keep your practice in the
black while enjoying all of the benefits that come with providing CBCT scans in-house.