What to Look for When Buying Dental Cabinets

Freestanding cabinetry offers both design and financial benefits. Dental cabinets manufactured by dental equipment companies are engineered and designed specifically to meet the many requirements of a dental environment. You can be assured of the appearance and quality of your dental furniture, as you get to see, touch, and choose from various configurations. With custom dental cabinets, you usually don’t get to see the product until it’s already finished.

Another benefit of freestanding cabinetry is that it doesn’t require fixed walls and halls (although it can be used that way), so space can be used more efficiently—and construction costs are often lower. Ask your full-service dealer for details. Other benefits include:

  • Ownership – While the property owner may own built-ins, you own freestanding cabinets. You can take them with you when you move, or sell them at retirement.
  • Tax advantages* – Just like other dental equipment, dental cabinets are considered capital equipment (not leasehold improvements), making them eligible for investment tax credit and accelerated depreciation schedules.
  • Loan collateral – Lending institutions treat freestanding cabinetry as capital equipment, allowing it to be used as loan collateral. Traditional built-in cabinetry is classified as a leasehold improvement and can’t be used as collateral.

*Consult your accountant for additional details.

Here are some top questions to consider when buying dental cabinets:

Q. How is the dental cabinet designed to withstand impact from dental stools, carts, or other mobile equipment present in the treatment room?

A. Let’s face it: cabinets do take a beating. Metal radiused panels, PVC edgebanding on all four sides of the shelving (instead of melamine), and extra thick edgebanding on drawers and doors provide more durability and impact resistance.

Q. Is the edgebanding molded?

A. In an environment where water is always present, cabinetry with molded edgebanding is a practical choice. The advantage of this type of banding is that it seals and protects the edges of all cabinet doors and drawers, prolonging the life of the cabinetry.

Q. Does the countertop substrate provide resistance to environmental affects of high humidity and moisture?

A. High-quality cabinetry uses a phenolic (resin) material to seal and protect the wood underside of countertops.

If you’d like to learn more about what questions to consider, request your complimentary “What to Look for When Buying Dental Equipment” guide. Also, get up to $2,500 cash back when you buy A-dec dental equipment and dental cabinets. Promotion ends May 31, 2018. Learn more.

By |2018-03-07T22:21:36-07:00March 5th, 2018|Dental Cabinets|

About the Author:

Kathy Rotramel, senior writer, has decades of writing experience with a strong focus on creating compelling content that resonates with readers. Rotramel has written many articles for the dental industry on topics including ergonomics, practice planning, efficiency, and dental office design.