Design is not an end in itself. It is quite possible to create a practice that is visually stunning, yet totally impractical. In many ways, dividing up the available space appears easy. It is only when design is put to the test in practice that it is possible to ascertain whether or not that space has been utilised to best effect. So a real understanding of the way dentistry works is an absolute must. Dental practices have specific requirements which have to be met. Unless an architect understands these from the start, time and money will be wasted.