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Chapter 2. Facilities and Staffing

Facility Design and Construction

What are basic costs for a fixed dental clinic, a mobile clinic, and a clinic using portable equipment?

Use the following chart to "quickly" compare costs for fixed clinics depending on size and staffing issues. Cost figures for mobile clinics and clinics using portable equipment are also included. Main topics in the chart are discussed separately and linked to more detailed information. Reviewing this chart should enable you to determine what size facility you can afford to build and staff.

Dental Clinic Comparison Chart: Capacity and Costs for Fixed Clinics, Mobile Clinics and Clinics Using Portable Equipment

Fixed* Mobile Portable
Size 3-chair
(1800 sq ft)
6-chair
(2925 sq ft)
9-chair
(3490 sq ft)
12-chair
(3970 sq ft)
2-chair 2-chair
Patients Treated/Year 1000-1800 1801-3600 3601-5400 5401-7200 500-800 500-800
Visits/Year (DDS+DH) 3000-3400 6400-6600 9500-10000 12800-32000 1400-2000 1200-1800
Start-up Costs
Remodeling ($148/sq ft)            
Construction ($215/sq ft)
$387,000 $628,875 $750,370 $853,550 $405,198 N/A
Large Equipment $185,234 $287,193 $370,500 $501,025 $21,813
Most equipment is built into unit
$20,982
Supplies, Instruments and Small Equipment $52,218 $100,149 $147,480 $194,963 $26,319 $26,319
Annual Operating Costs
Staff
Dentists' Average Salary
Director $140,568
Staff $106,037
1

$140,658
2

$246,695
3

$352,732
4

$458,769
1

$106,037
1

$106,037
Dental Assistants'
Average Salary $33,985
2

$67,970
4

$135,942
6

$203,912
8

$271,855
2

$67,970
2

$67,970
Dental Hygienists'
Average Salary $65,436
0.5

$32,718
1

$65,436
1.5

$98,154
2

$130,872
N/A N/A
Clerical/Receptionists'
Average Salary $37,135
0 1

$37,135
1

$37,135
1

$37,135
N/A N/A
Utilities Average
$9,467 to $12,924
$9,467 $10,619 $11,723 $12,924 Varies
$0 to $4,000
N/A
Rent or Mortgage Payment Average $31,212 $29,238 $30,408 $33,000 $34,083 N/A N/A
Dental Supplies $7,649/operatory $22,947 $45,892 $68,839 $91,786 $15,298 $15,298
Other
(charts, office supplies, etc.) $2,611 to $5,762
$2,611 $3,986 $4,856 $5,726 $2,611 $2,611
Total Start-Up Costs $624,452 $1,016,217 $1,268,330 $1,549,538 $453,330 $ 47,301
Total Annual Operating Costs $305,609 $ 576,113 $ 810,351 $1,043,180 $195,528 $191,916
Total First-Year Costs $930,061 $1,592,330 $2,078,681 $2,592,718 $648,858 $239,217

* Fixed locations may include a free-standing facility, community health center, hospital, school or other location.
** Cost is based on 2004 salaries in the Southwest and 2004 equipment/supply costs adjusted for inflation for 2010.

 

 

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