How long should an Intra-Oral Sensor last?

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A dental practice is only as good as the people running it. But the truth is, you’re not going to get very far without the right equipment either. And one of the most important developments in dental technology in the last decade is the intra-oral sensor.
These can be a costly investment if you don’t know how to maintain them properly (or if you just neglect them). Sensors may offer extended or prorated warranties, or come with some sort of maintenance plan. Others may cost twice as much and offer only half the support.
Whatever the case, it’s important to get more out of the lifespan of your product for the sake of your investment. And that means understanding their natural lifespan. Luckily for you, that’s exactly what we’re here to discuss today!

The Expected Life Of An Intra-Oral Sensors    

Let’s get right down to brass tacks: there are many dentists offices who use their original sensors for 10 years and up. This has something to do with care and general maintenance, but also comes down to luck, at least somewhat. Because, while you could use your device for over a decade, you may also experience failures inside of 2 years.
You should expect between 2.5 and 5 years from your intraoral sensor. Everything adds up, and careful handling will contribute to this lifespan. Even with proper treatment, random failures can come up for no reason, but this is a good ballpark figure.

Budgeting for Failure

Sensor failures are inherently unpredictable, making it difficult to budget for their failure. Obviously, this can make for anxious dentists, so do your research and find out how likely your device is to fail over the course of a year. Ultimately, every sensor has a monthly cost associated with it, and you’ll need to work your warranty, repairs and replacements into the overall potential costs.

Learn The Lifespan Of Your Intra-Oral Sensor

An intra-oral sensor, like a TV or hand vacuum, is a piece of equipment with a specific lifespan. After a certain number of uses, their components are going to expire, compromising their performance and leading to failures.
Your best course of action is to find out as much as you can about how long your device lasts and factor that into your repair and replacement budget. Of course, you’ll also want to combine this with investing in quality tech, to begin with. For high-quality intraoral and dental x-ray sensors, visit Video Dental, or get in touch for more on how to implement our amazing product line in your office.