Is time killing your composite profitability?

Can we talk truth today? Time isn’t just a valuable commodity; it is the commodity in today’s successful practice. Every minute you and I are efficiently esthetic translates to enhanced patient care and improved profitability. It isn’t an either/or scenario. Both matter.
With that, I’m going to stick with a single example I’m sure you’re very familiar with. I would encourage you not only to walk through your numbers in this example, but to assess, calibrate and elevate your top 10 clinical operating procedures.
Today's example - 
The posterior composite most deliver:
    • The average dental practice restores 10 posteriors directly per day

    • The average dentist works 192 days per year

    • If we include the adhesive layer, the average posterior needs 5 layers

* Hint - this is why standard and clinical operating procedures are vital to our success

The efficiently esthetic posterior composite
    • Keeping our math consistent at 10 restorations per day (you’ll easily be able to increase this with zero stress or clinical compromise as you’ll see)

    • We’re still working 192 days per year

    • We’re now shrinking our layers to 3 (Adhese Universal adhesive, Tetric PowerFlow and Tetric PowerFill)

    • We’re also able to decrease our cure time to 3 seconds per layer (so long as we are system driven and work with Ivoclar’s power cure light)

    • That shrinks our composite placement time to 17,280 seconds or 4.8 hours

*Same caveats on the balance of your procedure time as above

The efficient esthetics ROI

Your original 27 hours - 5 hours = 22 available hours. Based on your average production per hour … do your math:

At $500 per doctor hour … that’s $11,000 new dollars

At $750 per doctor hour … that’s $16,500

At $1000 per doctor hour … $22,000 and so on


At multiple doctors and/or multiple locations, this clearly scales quickly!

So if time is killing your composite profitability, learn to maximize your team, optimize your process and level up your production opportunities. Do your homework on your top 10 clinical operating procedures. Don’t forget your hygiene clinical operating procedures. And when you need help, REACH OUT. You’ve worked too hard to get here to not own your future.

Dr. David Rice

David R. Rice, DDS, is founder of the nation’s largest student and new dentist community, igniteDDS. Dr. Rice travels the world speaking and connecting today’s top young dentists with tomorrow’s most successful dental practices. In addition to igniteDDS, Dr. Rice is the editor for Dentistry IQ and maintains a team-centered restorative and implant practice in East Amherst, New York.

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