Automated Ordering for Dental Practices: Luxury or Necessity?

Luca Tizzano
March 1, 2024

Is it time to order new dental supplies? 

Purchasing supplies for your dental practice isn’t as simple as grocery shopping online. 

Your practice requires a variety of instruments, materials, and supplies in the right amount, at the right time, and at the right price. 

While automated dental ordering has advanced in recent years, many practices still rely on manual processes using spreadsheets, whiteboards, or even pen-and-paper methods. 

Why is it so? 

Is it because ordering automation is a luxury many practices cannot afford? 

Current trends in the Australian dental industry may help answer this question and reveal why automating ordering processes can be a key factor in your dental practice's growth.

What Can Automated Ordering Do for Your Dental Practice?

There's a widely held belief that automation in the dental industry is more of a luxury than a necessity. 

However, this couldn't be further from the truth. 

There are several reasons why automation has become essential.

For instance, how can you determine what to order if you're unsure about your inventory levels?

Sure, manually counting each item you have on hand may help you get an idea of your optimal order quantity (provided that no counting errors occur).

However, that doesn’t solve other problems that your practice may face when ordering supplies, such as shopping around between suppliers or having supplier details scattered across multiple files.

Not to mention the large Excel spreadsheets with purchase data, sometimes incorrectly entered, or the paper invoices that pile up on your desk - wouldn't it be amazing if there was a solution to this?

If you really think that dental automated ordering is a luxury above standard, here’s the real truth. 

Not only does automated ordering bring your practice into the 21st century, but it’s also much more affordable than you think. 

Believe it or not, manual ordering is what actually holds your practice back from achieving greater profits. Here’s how:

If you believe that dental automated ordering is an extravagance, think again. Automated ordering not only modernizes your practice but is also more cost-effective than you might expect. Surprisingly, manual ordering is what often hinders practices from maximizing profits. Here's why:

  • Lack of order visibility - Many practices find it hard to keep tabs on orders and expenses across different suppliers.

  • Shopping around between suppliers - Manual ordering means visiting multiple websites, placing orders, and managing deliveries, creating unnecessary work.

  • Human error - Manual ordering often leads to mistakes like wrong products or quantities, costing time, and money.

Overspending - Without a central system to compare prices, practices risk overspending on supplies they need.