Buying equipment for your dental practice can be like pulling teeth.
“It was overwhelming,” Chicago-based dentist Genaro Romo says. The challenge, he says, is not only deciding what kind of dental chair or X-ray system to buy but also figuring out how to pay for it all.
Setting up a basic workspace for a dental practice, including a dental chair, lighting and digital X-ray equipment, can cost up to $50,000, Romo says. “You also have to buy instruments and materials,” he adds. “There’s a lot more than the major equipment.”
Some dental equipment vendors offer lease-to-own and short-term financing options. Romo says he had a “reasonable” monthly payment through a lease-to-own deal for his digital imaging equipment.
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