Some people seem to think that once you graduate dental school and get a DDS after your name, life is all rainbows and sunshine. Those who run a private practice, know better.
Each day, you struggle to keep your overhead expenses low while you constantly negotiate with insurance companies to improve your reimbursement rates to actually get paid for your work. One wrong decision can cost your office thousands of dollars so the pressure never really goes away.
Sometimes, the best thing you can do is to take a step back and focus on the bigger picture. At the end of the day, you have to think about profitability so your practice can remain open. With that said, what are some of the ways that can help you improve your bottom line while simultaneously making your patients happy? Continue reading to find out!
Dominate Your Area of Expertise
When you are one of the select few dentists in your area that offers a specific, cutting-edge technology, your marketing potential is unlimited. Being a dedicated and expert provider for a particular dental service automatically gives you a competitive edge that can help you recover any costs associated with offering that one procedure.
For example, you may promote your practice as the go-to place for cosmetic dentistry or Bruxism patients or affordable partial dentures. Research indicates that there are currently 36 million Americans who are edentulous (have no natural teeth left) and only 15% of them are using dentures. You can strategically position yourself as a dental practice that offers high-quality removable partial dentures or removable restorations at reasonable and affordable prices.
Offer Botox Injectables
It may sound out of place, but consider this: Botox is mostly used for smoothing wrinkles around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. What many don’t know is that it is also used by doctors as an adjunct in Bruxism and TMJ cases, as well as for patients who suffer from facial pain or chronic TMJ. It is commonly used as a minimally-invasive alternative in esthetic dentistry cases as well.
Dental industry professionals around the world use Botox during lip augmentation, treating high lip lines, and adjusting new dentures for patients who can’t do it themselves. As a dentist, you probably already know how to work with Botox. So why not offer it as a cosmetic, FDA-approved procedure for your patients who want to retain a youthful appearance?
Provide Dermal Fillers
Many patients are drawn to dermal fillers because it gives them a chance to turn back the clock on their face in a non-invasive way. These fillers can be used for augmenting lips, correcting asymmetrical lines around the lips, fixing high lip line cases, and creating a smoother, wrinkle-free frame around the mouth.
You can offer FDA-approved dermal fillers to your dentures patients and you don’t even need any special skills to do that; both Botox and fillers are almost always injected in the same areas in the same way. The one slight difference is that fillers are injected extra-orally while Botox is injected intra-orally into the facial structures.
Team Up for Lab Work with a Proven and Experienced Dental Lab
If your practice is currently managing all dentures work in-house, you are likely spending a fortune on outdated technology, expensive equipment that’s not frequently used, and remakes in case something goes wrong with the dentures. If you are working with an expensive and unreliable dental lab, you are probably having trouble with their materials, services, and support or communication. These issues can hold your practice back from scaling up, eat into your profit margins, and compromise the quality of patient care.
Save yourself a lot of hassle by outsourcing your needs to a reliable dental laboratory. They specialize in decreasing expenses and freeing up time for dental professionals by providing quality prostheses so you can put all your focus toward patient care.
Your Trustworthy Dentures Lab in LA at a Lower Price
Trident Dental Laboratories has been working with dental practices in LA and surrounding areas since 1988 to reduce their costs and improve patient experience. We provide dental implants and restorations that look natural and can last decades, all at an affordable price. If you are ready to outsource your lab tasks to a trusted lab with many years of experience, get in touch with our team today.