Yankee Dental Congress 2016: Successful Projects Start with the Design Team

The Yankee Dental Congress is the largest meeting for dental professionals in New England and the fifth largest dental meeting in the country, drawing in nearly 27,000 dental professionals from around the United States.  At the 2016 Yankee Dental Congress in Boston, the conference floor featured over 450 exhibitors demonstrating the most innovative dental technology solutions in the industry.  Each year there are tremendous opportunities for continuing education, as well as opportunities to learn about the latest products, services and resources available to industry professionals. 


While attending several seminars geared toward ensuring the success of a dental office project, I found that the common thread considered to be the most important success factor is a well-established team.  At Phase Zero Design, I have worked with dentists across New England on projects ranging from establishing new practices to working with existing practices to renovate and upgrade equipment and aesthetics with the goal of attracting new patients, to helping a dentist renovate an office and rebrand the practice after taking over for a retiring partner.  I can attest that having a knowledgeable team that understands the unique needs of a dental office is vital when beginning any type of dental office project.  Here’s my perspective on the roles that make up a winning project team:

  1. Dentist: Whether it is a new practice or an existing practice, the dentist initiates the design process, influencing the design from the start based on their type of dentistry and what they establish to be the initial project vision.  From Pediatrics to Orthodontics, Periodontics, Endodontics, Prosthodontic, Oral Surgery, and Cosmetic Dentistry, each discipline has specialty needs that drive the project design. 
  2. Dental Equipment Specialist: The dental equipment specialist provides the expertise regarding the dental equipment selections, operations & installation requirements. They can coordinate the technology, the financial plans and bridge the communication gap between the dentist and construction professionals.
  3. Architects and Interior Designers: The architects and interior designers bring the dentist’s initial vision to reality by creating a functional and aesthetically pleasing space. This is through coordination of code requirements, circulation and operation needs. They are able to communicate the dentist’s vision through renderings, construction documents and commercial grade fixture and material selections.
  4. General Contractor: The general contractor utilizes the documentation provided by the architects/interior designers and dental equipment specialists to build the final product. They coordinate the construction budget and schedule, manage sub-contractors and vendors, coordinate permitting, and ultimately ensure the practice opens within budget and within the anticipated timeline.

A successful dental project enhances a dentist’s ability to practice, improves staff productivity and creates an office environment that reflects to patients the quality of care they can expect to receive.  The Yankee Dental Congress it a great event for dentists and design professionals to meet with these team members and discuss projects while visiting the exhibits and learning about innovative dental trends of 2016.  Anyone in the dental industry should take advantage of the opportunity to attend!