DentaltownUK April 2017 - 106

The Wish List

DentaltownUK asks Elaine Halley

If money were no object what would
you buy for your practice?

I

started my practice in 1995. I was young,
crazy and naïve and decided that I had
ideas and that the best situation was if I
started my own practice so I could do things
exactly how I wanted them done.
I definitely have more than a touch of the
control freak about me!
At the time of planning where I would
open my 'dream' practice, I was living in
Peterborough and working in East London
and I managed to purchase the contents
of a dental practice from a retiring dentist
in Lewisham.
The x-ray machine and autoclave were
only two years old but the chair must have
been about 30 years old! It had a stool
attached by an arm which swung round the
back!
I was so pleased at myself for being thrifty
and carted off armfuls of instruments and
sundries and arranged transport for the
larger items all the way up to my parents
home in St Andrews where they were
deposited in the garage, it took four men to
lift that dental chair!
So finally, when I settled on opening a
practice in Perth, had been on a spending
spree at Wrights of Dundee to kit it out,
added in all my job lot where I could, I had
to learn the hard lesson about cashflow
management and that actually money does
need to balance and like it or not this is a
business not a hobby!
Ever since then I have seen various trends

and gadgets come and go and like most
dentists I have invested in the next best
thing time and again. Some of them were
and some of them were not!
I have been guilty of the odd dust in the
cupboard never-been-used purchase maybe
that's because getting out the instructions
and actually reading them just takes too
long!
One of the biggest potential costs
facing us in dentistry now is the potential
investment in digital technology and IT

in general. I love the interdisciplinary
workflow of Digital Smile Design inspired
by Christian Coachman and I have worked
hard in our practices to mould our patient
journey and experience and diagnostic
process around those principles.
So now, when I think about if money was
no object what would I buy I was thinking
about more chairside digital scanners, a
CBCT machine for my second practice.
But actually, if money was really no
object I think I would buy about 3 different
chairside scanners so that I could maximise
the benefits of all of them without the worry
about being 'tied in' to one set of software,
or the spiralling costs of digital hardware
licenses, maintenance, upgrades and all the
other hidden costs.
I would also have operative microscopes
fitted in all treatment rooms, and digital
HD video cameras and photo studios
around every corner, and big HD flat screen
TV's, and benchtop model printers and.... I
could go on.
I would also replicate a lot of what I
already have but have it in every treatment
room - that's 10 across two practices!
And I've always wanted but never been
able to justify one of those all singing all
dancing massage chairs for the patient
lounge, but actually, several for the patient
lounge and also for the staff areas so we
could all maximise the benefits of some
time out! ■

Hmm, it seems I have no problem
spending. For some women it's shoes...
for me it's dental technology...
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DentaltownUK April 2017

Cover
Meet the Team
Mike Gow
Industry News
Howard Speaks
International Dental Show
Through the Keyhole: Surgery—Home and Away
What's on Dentaltown
Golden Nuggets
Continuing Education
BACD: Rise of Cosmetic Dentistry
3-D Printing
Google: Leading Cause of Truth Decay
General Practice: Message Board
Time Out
Probing Report
Eating Disorders
Physiotherapy in the Treatment of Craniomandibular, Craniofacial and Craniocervical Disorders
Prosthodontics: Message Board
Plan Z
Online Marketing
Product Profile
Finance: Message Board
Lifestyle Section
Student Section
Poll
The European Society of Hypnosis
Wish List
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