Owning your own practice is the dream for most dentists and dental specialists. Having your own practice allows you to set your own schedule and be in charge of every aspect of practice operations. The benefits are that you get to be your own boss and have control over your work and personal life balance and the end goals for your practice. Owning your own practice comes with a price, however.

The cost of dental equipment alone is significant enough to have many dentists shy away from the idea of starting their own practice. One of the most costly initial equipment investments for any dental practice is X-ray technology, particularly extraoral imaging devices. With a new dental panoramic and/or cone beam system ranging anywhere from $30,000 to $150,000, costs can add up quickly and seem insurmountable.

However, there is another, more affordable option. Dentists wishing to start their own practice should consider purchasing used dental equipment, particularly used dental imaging equipment, because it is significantly less expensive while you receive similar, if not identical, features found in newer X-ray equipment. You can save your start up practice thousands of dollars by buying quality, certified, refurbished dental X-ray equipment rather than buying new.


Previously owned dental equipment, especially dental X-ray machines, is priced significantly lower than brand new equipment of similar quality. Refurbished dental equipment that has been restored to its original specifications can be marked 30-50% below new retail prices. This savings can free up funds to be used for other areas of your practice and make owning your own practice more attainable.


Contrary to popular belief, when you buy used dental equipment, you do not necessarily have to sacrifice quality. But you do need to make sure you purchase the equipment from a reputable source. There are companies that offer top-of-the-line, certified pre-owned used equipment at a significantly reduced price.  Companies that offer trade-ins and also buy used equipment directly have a constant stream of like-new pre-owned dental equipment that they can then re-certify and resell. This means that they are constantly restocking high-quality pre-owned equipment from the most trusted manufacturers and brands.  Be sure to investigate each company’s process(es) for inspecting and re-certifying the used dental equipment.

Where to Find Used Dental Equipment?

There are many websites out there claiming to offer high-quality reconditioned used dental equipment; however, you should research each company’s reputation, online reviews, and warranty terms. Make sure you look for a company that has a wide range of options available, a proven track record in the market, and a reputation for delivering superior products and services. Avoid selecting the least expensive option; low prices can often be deceptive. Research exactly what is included in each price. For example, you may have to pay extra for installation and ongoing service or replacement parts. Also, make sure that the company covers their used dental equipment under warranty. Stay away from companies offering a short-term warranty, such as 30 to 90 days, or warranties that only cover parts. Sometimes it takes a few months for issues to surface and onsite service costs to diagnose and/or replace parts issues can add up quickly.

Renew Digital has delivered superior quality, pre-owned digital X-ray equipment to dentists and dental specialists for more than a decade. Renew Digital matches dental practitioners with X-ray equipment that will work for their practices and budget. Most equipment is sold at 30-50% off the new equipment retail value and all prices include installation, training, and a comprehensive onsite parts-and-labor warranty. Visit Renew Digital today at renewdigital.com to view their extensive selection of pre-owned digital dental X-ray equipment and to see how much you can save. Renew Digital offers extraoral X-ray equipment for general dentistry and many other dental specialties such as orthodontics, endodontics, implants, oral surgery, and dental sleep. Contact us at 888-246-5611 or via our online contact form to learn more


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