Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What Is a Dental Cabinet?
Dental cabinets are organizational components for storing supplies, tools and other operatory essentials. Equipped with drawers, doors, shelves and storage space, dentist cabinets:
- Can function as standalone pieces that can be moved from one operatory to the next.
- Can be built into an operatory as a fixed storage location.
- Can be positioned above or below counterspace.
- Can assist with office sterilization procedures.
- Can function strictly as a cabinet and surface, or provide mounting and integration capabilities.
What Are Dental Cabinets Made Of?
Durability and strength are essential for dentist cabinets and are reflected in the materials DuraPro Health selects.
- DuraPro Elite Rear and Side Treatment Consoles: We start with a structural steel base complete with levelers and incorporate a high-impact laminate countertop for use as an adaptable surface. This is joined by moisture-resistant core material for use in a range of environments and high-pressure laminate on all sides. We complete this setup with soft-close steel drawers and Euro hinges (or concealed hinges) on the doors.
- DuraPro Elite Central Island Treatment Console: Island consoles provide a high degree of versatility and can even function as dividers. We couple our DuraPro Elite construction with a stainless steel sink, post-formed vertical front edging and features for accommodating glove, soap and towel dispensers, and even X-ray equipment.
What Is the Size of a Dental Operatory?
A dental operatory needs to accommodate equipment, tools and supplies to perform standard in-office procedures, from teeth cleanings to X-rays, as well as offer storage and organizational solutions. The minimum dimensions for your dental operatory should be about 10 feet by 10 feet, with 10.5 feet by 12 feet being ideal.
Within these dimensions, a rear layout is preferred. This arrangement places most equipment, instruments and dental cabinets near or behind the patient’s head — and primarily out of their line of sight. Tools and instruments, meanwhile, are mounted to or placed to the side or rear of the dental chair.
What Equipment Is Part of the Dental Unit?
From routine teeth cleanings, exams, imaging and restorative procedures to equipment sterilization, a dental operatory requires multiple types of supplies, including:
- A patient chair
- A delivery unit
- A dental cabinet, ideally to support a sink and faucet, monitor and even X-ray equipment
- Stools for the dentist and assistant
- Tools, instruments and supplies for cleaning and other general procedures, including ultrasonic scalers, sterilization supplies, an X-ray generator, suction and retraction equipment, an air polisher and whitening supplies
- Equipment for more complex procedures, including surgical procedures