Why invest in a digital veterinary dental system?

A digital veterinary dental system can be a great asset to any veterinary practice. We have created the following cost / benefit analysis to show you just how much money a digital dental system can save you. The benefit analysis is based on a single veterinary doctor practice seeing five dental patients a week, and taking 20 dental films per week. This is a very conservative estimate, which results in 960 dental films per year. Most veterinarians implementing improved dental care into their practices easily average double that number of films. Multi-doctor veterinary practices enjoy multiple savings.

Item Savings
1. Cost of Film $960/yr
2. Cost of Chemistry $336/yr
3. Employee time to develop, rinse, handle, and catalog the films. This is estimated in human dentistry to be $2-5 per film. If this seems high, consider the total costs for your employees, which is much higher than their hourly wage. We use the lowest figure. $1,920/yr
4. Filing system for films. This includes simple envelopes or dental film mounts. $40-300/yr
5. Fewer re-takes. Conservatively, you will need to re-take your films around 10% of the time for improper technique. These re-takes use film, chemistry, and more employee time. $330/yr
Total hard cost savings per doctor per year $3,646/yr

There are also some “soft cost savings” that are more difficult to quantitate, yet result in undeniable positive financial effects.

  • Chemical tracking and disposal costs are a normal part of human dentistry. This will inevitably become a factor for veterinarians in the future. Registration fees, compliance paperwork and hazardous chemical disposal fees are all likely, and are not required for digital systems.
  • X-rays are easily exported for emailing or printing. X-rays can be emailed to the patient’s owner for viewing and discussion.
  • No clinical downtime while you wait for a film to be developed. This can save many hours per year.

Dentalaire Veterinary Dental X-ray Products
Dentalaire offers affordable, high-quality and effective x-ray products for any veterinary dental practice, including intra-oral cameras, mini x-ray viewers, film holders, film mounts, darkroom supplies, lead aprons, gloves and wall-mounted and stand x-ray systems.

View our full catalog here. Call Dentalaire today at 800-866-6881 and let us help you find the best x-ray products for your veterinary dental practice.