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  Posted by: The Probe      22nd February 2021

During the past year, dentistry has proven itself to be a highly adaptable business. After all, practices have had to survive a national lockdown and adapt to a slew of changes in regulations that the Coronavirus pandemic has wrought across the industry. Still, dental practices survive.

However, these challenges are far from over. With new government restrictions and the introduction of the tier system and regional lockdowns, dental practices will need to be prepared to face what comes next by thinking outside the box.

Information is paramount

Patients are the lifeblood of your practice, and during these times it’s crucial that you keep them up to date with any changes in your services and what this means for them. As such, any restrictions that have to be actioned or any new innovations that they should be aware of have to be properly communicated to them, especially if you want these changes to succeed.

This is especially important because guidelines can often be confusing for patients and they may not always be up to date with the necessary measures they need to take in order to receive dental treatment. In this case, your social media channels, website, and staff need to be constantly updated so that patients can easily access the information they need. In these times it’s likely that many people are already feeling overwhelmed and will be more prone to avoid making dental appointments if they are unsure how to proceed or how safe your practice is. It is vital to prevent this if people are to receive the care they need.

Branching out to bring in new business

Marketing has never been more essential, and although the demand for general dentistry is higher than ever due to restrictions, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take advantage of the demand for other treatments that this global event has created.

For example, you may already be aware that the pandemic has boosted the desire for cosmetic procedures such as tooth-whitening due to people having to look at themselves more during online meetings,[i] but did you know that other treatments such as dental implants are booming in popularity too? It seems that due to the higher number of extractions being performed due to lack of access during the pandemic, more people are needing dental implants than ever before.[ii]

As such, now is the perfect time to explore these opportunities and see if offering these treatments is a viable route for your business. You may be surprised at how much of a difference expanding your treatment offerings can make to your practice, especially if you tap into what patients are currently looking for.

Flexibility and contingency

Arguably one of the more interesting impacts of the pandemic has been that businesses have had to look at their existing work models and adapt them in order to survive. For office workers this has meant working from home and having online meetings, while for other industries it has meant building more of an online presence and changing the way they reach out to potential customers and deal with orders.

Dentistry is a face to face industry by necessity, so it can be difficult to know how to adapt in order to make treating patients during this time simpler. However, there are a number of different options available for professionals who want to streamline and be more flexible with the way they work.

Carestream Dental has made taking a holistic, adaptable approach to practice management and patient treatment possible with the new Sensei Cloud software. Able to track treatment trends and offer a wide variety of business analytic tools, the software also enables practitioners to access patient files and images wherever there is an internet connection, meaning they don’t have to be in practice to work on a case. Furthermore, the software learns and updates as individuals use it, constantly updating to adapt to any style of business so that it remains a real asset.

Prepare and prosper

No one knows what the coming months will bring, but that doesn’t mean now isn’t a good opportunity to prepare your practice as best as possible. By looking at ways to bring in new patients, as well as thinking about your practice in a more flexible light, you can help ensure that your business remains stable in the future.

 

For more information, contact Carestream Dental on 0800 169 9692 or

visit www.carestreamdental.co.uk

For the latest news and updates, follow us on Facebook and Instagram @carestreamdental.uk

 

Author: Cheryl Hayes – DPMS Regional Product Manager – Europe, Middle East & Africa

 

[i] Dentistry Online. The ‘Zoom Boom’ How Covid-19 Increased Interest in Cosmetic Dentistry. Link: https://www.dentistry.co.uk/2020/09/18/zoom-covid-boosted-interest-cosmetic/ [Last accessed October 20].

[ii] The Dentist. Patient Implant treatment Demand Surges Following Increased Tooth Extractions During Pandemic. Link: https://www.the-dentist.co.uk/content/news/patient-implant-treatment-demand-surges-following-increased-tooth-extractions-during-pandemic [Last accessed October 20].




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