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It’s about a company called Deep Cleaners and Dentists that is now part of the medical and dental services market.
The company, which does business as DCT, said it has seen an uptick in dental chairs in the last year or so, but that there’s still a long way to go before the chairs reach the level of prestige of dentures.
“We’re still building out the business, but we’re not at the level that we were in years past,” said Deep Cleaner chief executive officer Joe Schulz.
DCT specializes in dental chair cleaning and has offices in Seattle, Portland and Vancouver, Canada.
The company has a growing clientele, but it doesn’t necessarily have the resources to invest in the chairs and make the investment needed to keep them in service, said Schulz, who declined to provide the names of clients or price.
The chairs cost about $2,000 each, said Ryan Ruggles, Deep Clean’s CEO.
But he estimates that in his market, it would cost a dentist more than $10,000.
Dental chairs aren’t a cheap investment.
The average cost of a full set of denture chairs is about $300,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
That includes the purchase of a denture, which can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $8,000; a crown; and a crown mold.
The cost for a crown is often $5,000 or less.
Deep Clean and Denties has been building out a line of denturists chairs, but the company’s CEO says it will only be able to keep dentures in service for a short period of time.
“Our goal is to keep the chair brand alive for years to come,” Schulz said.
But even if a dentist were to invest the required money to buy a denturist chair, it might not be long before it’s gone, he said.
In addition to the cost of building a dentures chair, there’s also the issue of labor.
“When you buy a chair, you’re essentially purchasing a new piece of furniture,” Rugglies said.
“There’s a lot of labor involved.”
In some cases, chairs are also made from recycled materials.
Dental chairs are not.
Deep Cleans chairs are.
“It’s the nature of the business,” Riggles said.
Deep Cleaners also has a customer base of about 1,500, and he estimates the company could keep about 2,000 dentures chairs in service at any given time.
But as a whole, Deep Cleanings chair market is still growing.