Which cabinetry do you need for your dental office?

Cabinetry is more than simple storage. A few factors to consider when selecting for your dental office: Accessibility to essential dental equipment and supplies. Pleasant esthetics. Customization. Price. Versatility. Complete solutions.

No two dental offices or operatories are alike, and cabinetry is designed for every preference. Upgrading a dental practice? Planning new construction?Options are available based on space and budget and every need.

Let’s Start with Storage

The most important feature and primary function of cabinetry is storage. One example of this is Belmont’s Flex Series, which is designed with an efficient, well-organized treatment room in mind. The cabinet enables dentists and assistants to easily access supplies and equipment without having to leave the dental stool. The series comes in three designs:

Flex Series Rear Cabinet

This cabinet rests behind the dental chair and enables a dentist and dental team to work cooperatively and ergonomically. It features a mid-shelf section option with six cubbies, a four-way sliding countertop (left-right/in-out) and a mobile cart option that rests underneath the counter and provides multiple, easily accessible drawers.

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Belmont Flex Series Rear Cabinet. (Courtesy takarabelmont.com)

The Flex Series Doctor Cabinet

Explicitly designed for dentists, this cabinet features ample storage with stainless steel handles beneath a knee-activated faucet. An adjustable end storage shelf offers easy accessibility. Lastly, the cabinet provides an alcove for side-mounted delivery systems.

The Flex Series Assistant Cabinet

The assistant cabinet offers the most storage with a compact, space-saving design. What’s inside: a barrier drawer, a unique multilevel system that provides impressive capacity. Tip-out bins offer access to frequently used items like cotton balls, masks and syringe needles.

Small Space? Big wins.

At a premium for all dentists is space, especially in the operatory. That’s why Modular Custom Cabinets (MCC) manufactures lines specifically for small areas.

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MCC Perfect Fit Side Cabinets. Model PFS420. (Courtesy mccdental.com)

MCC’s PFS420 Perfect Fit Side Cabinet will enhance the work environment by providing space and curative ergonomics. MCC offers these benefits for this model and others:

  • Solid Surface or Ceaserstone® Tops, one of the nation’s leading Quartz countertop manufacturers, provides a non-porous work surface.
  • Additional Space. Each Cabinet can be customized to include extra drawers, equipment bays and other storage needs.
  • All MCC hardware and plumbing fixtures included.
  • Optional European high-gloss brilliance finish protects cabinet from stains and scratches.

Value Pricing to Fit Any Budget.

DCI offers solutions to match your budget. This leading manufacturer  provides premium features and customization that cost significantly less than others.

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DCI Series 5 12 o’clock. 

The 12 o’clock cabinet shown above is one product from DCI’s Series 5. Features of the sterilized cabinets include ergonomic delivery systems. Here’s what else the DCI Series 5 offers:

  • Sturdy, efficient platform for dental team
  • Hidden water system and CPU storage
  • USB and electrical outlets
  • Clock module
  • Integrated controls and touchpad
  • Heavy-duty, flexible arm with work surface

Ready to Customize? ILS awaits.

Cabinetry can be customized to match the workflow of any treatment room and Integrated Laminate Systems (ILS) has solutions. Their Radiance Series Cabinets can be personalized based on a doctor’s design criteria. Auxiliary equipment can be placed in a variety of locations to enhance work performance. ILS engineers can assist in designing the size and shape of cabinets to meet every need.

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Integrated Laminate Systems’ Radiance Cabinetry

The series comes in the 12 o’clock, as shown above, and also as an Island Module that can replace a wall between two treatment rooms. Not only does ILS give full control of a design, but their Radiance Series offers beautiful features:

  • LED illuminated frame front windows
  • Curved cabinet mid-section and side panels for a modern design
  • Laminate selections from Wilson Art®, Formica®, or Nevamar®, among others
  • Lumicor Insert Selections offer a light transparent resin available in a wide range of choices to personalize the upper cabinets.
  • Matches Pelton & Crane finish colors

One-stop-shop? Midmark offers complete solutions.

If you’re looking for convenience, Midmark is a one-stop-shop. This Ohio-based global corporation creates cabinetry, and also manufactures dental equipment like chairs, lighting and imaging systems. Every item in the photo shown below was manufactured by Midmark.

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Midmark operatory featuring Synthesis Cabinetry.

Midmark’s Synthesis Cabinetry plays a critical role in a dental practice by enabling professionals to provide better care for patients. Much of their equipment matches and complements the tools and appliances they manufacture, which is especially convenient for those who own Midmark products. The Synthesis Cabinetry Line offers attributes that can accentuate a workday:

  • Exceptional strength and durability, 45-pound LEED®IEQ-compliant MDF Board
  • 18-gauge steel frame
  • Innovative panel and handle designs will add sophistication to your practice
  • Deep drawer construction
  • No locks; keyed or keyless lock options

Herman Miller helps navigate change with versatility.

HermanMiller builds versatile, stylish cabinets you can use anywhere– from operatory to reception area. A manufacturer of classic and influential 20th-century furniture for homes and medical facilities delivers  sophisticated, modern furniture to the dental arena. Their Compass System helps navigate change in dynamic environments.

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Herman Miller Compass Cabinetry.

A modular system of interchangeable components, Compass Cabinetry allows users to remove the cabinets, without demolition, to enable upgrades, additions or relocation. The cabinetry can shift space within a practice or to a new location. The Compass System was designed for healthcare and brings these characteristics to the operatory:

  • Durawrap surfaces that consist of 99.9% PVC-free material and provides a seamless, clean and durable surface.
  • Infection prevention. Shingled seam between tiles prevents spills from seeping into gaps.
  • Incorporation of traditional and modern designs.
  • Intelligent infrastructure. Utility bay provides space for operatory wiring.
  • Long-term value.  Modular design prevents the need for demolition. Module panels allow for easy swap of single tiles or entire walls.

Ready to take the best first step?

Choosing cabinetry that’s right for a dental practice might seem daunting,  but speaking with an industry expert is the best first step. The Benco Dental team includes knowledgable Equipment Specialists and CenterPoint Designers who are ready to assist. Call 1.800.GOBENCO for details, or contact your Friendly Benco Rep.

Dr. Lavasani Shares Her Dentistry Philosophy

Dr. Setareh Lavasani has been dubbed the “Queen of Radiology” and “The Selfie Queen,” by her students and colleagues. Events in her life, though, were not always ones to smile about.

The 2019 Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 honoree recently spoke with TheDailyFloss.com about her early career and the battle she raged with life-threatening illnesses in her 20s. The selfie-slinging (shown above, at far left), chihuahua-loving board-certified radiologist discussed how she persevered to become the professional she is today. 

Shown in NYC at the Incisal Edge 40 Under 40 photo session, clockwise from bottom left: Drs. Setareh Lavasani, Valerie Okehie, Corey Brick, Jeffrey T. Moon and Rebecca Pounds.
Courtesy Incisal Edge/Macrae Marran

The Pomona, California Oral and Maxillofacial Radiologist comes from a long line of dentists; as she says, “[It] runs in my family.” Her sister is an endodontist, her cousins and aunt, dentists. Dr. Lavasani jokes, “We have a mini dental convention of our own when we get together!”

Originally from Iran, she attended Ajman University of Science and Technology, earning her a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Her education did not stop there.

Dr. Lavasani moved to San Antonio, Texas to attend a radiology residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center. There she would be given the most critical test of her life to date. She was diagnosed with breast cancer as soon as she received her admission to the radiology residency, a disease that affects 3.5 million people every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control. This caused an interruption in her studies, but she did not give up.

After her treatments, Dr. Lavasani returned to her studies in San Antonio. Within a year, she was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia, a progressive and rare illness. Leukemias are cancers that start in cells, typically in bone marrow, and then quickly spread to other parts of the body, according to the American Cancer Society.

Thanks to the generosity of a donor, Dr. Lavasani received a life-saving bone marrow transplant, beating the 4 out of 5 mortality rate, and giving her a second chance at attaining her dreams. She had battled — and won — a fight for her life on two occasions.

Earlier this year, Dr. Setareh Lavasani celebrated her 10th cancer-free year.

“I learned to never lose hope and always try to look on the bright side, even when there is barely a single ray of light,” she said.

Dr. Setareh Lavasani

Determined not to let her health lower her spirits, Dr. Lavasani continued her radiology studies in San Antonio and graduated with a certificate in Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology and a Master’s in Dental Diagnostic Sciences. 

“I saw firsthand that the generous donation of a bone marrow saved my life, so I promised myself to focus on this cause (dentistry) and hopefully make a difference. I learned that this is what real life is about! I also realized that our time is so short, so I try to say more ‘thank yous’ and more ‘I love yous’ to people who matter to me and have shown me unconditional support all along.”

Dr. Setareh Lavasani

Dr. Lavasani received most of her support from her parents, family members and close friends who inspired her during treatment in school and throughout her career. Her mother was a star role model who raised two kids, earned a Ph.D. and became a well-known editor-in-chief in Iran.

Today, Dr. Lavasani is an associate professor and the Director of Oral Radiology & Advanced Imaging at Western University of Health Sciences’ College of Dental Medicine in Pomona, California.

Often, she travels for speaking engagements. Dr. Lavasani is an internationally recognized lecturer. She frequently speaks at California Dental Association (CDA), UCLA School of Dentistry Advanced Education in General Dentistry program and the American and International Academies of Oral Radiology. She is a fellow and speaker for the southern California Oral Pathology Society and the Global Dental Implant Academy (FGDIA).

Though amid her prestigious positions, she takes particular pride in her role as the “The Selfie Queen.” She smiles for her past, present and future. Now, she takes the philosophy gained through her experiences and expresses it with every student she meets.

“I find that I’m happiest when I’m teaching and sharing ideas with students and fellow colleagues. So, inside and outside of school, I try to focus and grow.”

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At the Global Dental Implant Academy (GDIA) USA symposium 2018, Dr. Setareh Lavasani presented, received the exclusive #GDIA fellowship recognition, and won the first place prize for scientific poster presentation. (Photo courtesy Dr. Setareh Lavasani)

Dr. Lavasani is at a pinnacle of her career, ascending from the uncertainty of disease she fought. She teaches and encourages future dentists while following and sharing her virtue:

“Give back in any way you can and as small or large as you can. I think each of us, in one way or another, have a cause that is close to our hearts for any personal reason. I think giving in any way that is possible makes a huge difference in our sense of happiness and fulfillment.”

Dr. Setareh Lavasani

How to Choose Flooring for Your Dental Practice

Flooring that will stand the test of time is as essential as choosing a comfortable, sturdy dental chair at a dental practice. You want your patient to feel secure. You want the dexterity to give them a perfect smile; likewise, you want vinyl flooring that’s safe, durable and attractive so you can give your patients excellent care in a stylish environment.

“In the world of dentistry, we have seen Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) become a staple of the dental office floor. These floors can be found almost always in operatories, but we have also seen a trend using this material not only in the clinical area, but within the whole office.”

Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer

The Mohawk Group offers contemporary Luxury Vinyl Tile (shown at top) style that looks great in an operatory, office or reception room. Before you begin your design plans, there are factors to chew over. Maybe you’re expanding your practice or are planning to start your first. Here are five things to consider before you buy a vinyl floor:

Durability

When you purchase flooring, especially if it’s your first time, it’s important to remember you’re buying commercial vinyl versus residential vinyl. Commercial vinyl flooring applications require a 20 mil wear layer in order to withstand heavy foot traffic and equipment. Wear layer in an important factor to consider when choosing LVT. Vinyl flooring can be measured by different wear layer thicknesses, such as 12, 20, 30, or 40 mils.

Commercial vinyl flooring typically ranges in thickness from 2.5 mm to 3 mm. Some commercial spaces install vinyl up to 5 mm, which allows the vinyl floor to align with the height of the carpet.

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The image features Shaw Contact “Cut” with a Cacao finish in 18″ x 18″ sections.

The photo above features Shaw Contact’s “Cut” LVT with two-to-three vertical accents in either brass metallic or nickel metallic. The unique visual of Cut mimics natural end-cut wood floors in which individual woodblock tiles connect in an imperfect, organic installation; therefore, individual woodblock visuals do not align.

“LVT has come a long way over the years with high-performance value, an array of aesthetic designs, and many benefits such as durability, cleanability, water resistance, price, life span, and maintenance.”

Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer

Texture & Size

Two characteristics, texture and size, should be considered when selecting a vinyl floor. Textures range from smooth to light texture to highly textured.

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Oxidized by Patcraft; photo grab from patcraft.com

Vinyl flooring also has a variety of size options, such as 4 inch to 9 inch wide planks to 24 inch by 24 inch wide tiles to everything in between. If you are looking for something a bit unique, you can also find hexagon and triangle shaped vinyl flooring. Whatever your preference, there is one to fit your style and need.

The photo above shows Oxidized tiles by Patcraft.

Appearance

Strength is an essential factor in flooring. But if it doesn’t look good, why buy it? The LVT you purchase will be in your office for years, if not decades. Choosing vinyl that enhances your practice’s appeal will introduce an allure your patients will appreciate.

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Amtico Wood by Mannington; screengrab from manningtoncommercial.com

Mannington Commercial provides a wide-array of LVT design options to match your existing or planned dental practice, such as their Amtico Wood, (seen above).

Maintenance 

Many dentists choose to put LVT throughout their practices due to the fact that it requires little maintenance. Shaw Contact features ExoGuardTM, an exclusive urethane finish that protects against commercial traffic and requires no polishing.

ExoGuardTM consists of two elements. First, a top coat adds resistance to scratches, scuffing, and staining. Second, a primer coat — a layer added to the topcoat — adds adhesion and durability. Having LVT with this type of top layer can reduce the frequency and cost of cleaning services, saving you time and money.

Lifespan 

Luxury vinyl floors are designed to last. Every LVT floor provider mentioned in this article offers a limited commercial 10-year warranty, at a minimum.

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Indigenous Earth by Tarkett; photo grab from tarkett.com

Like any new product you buy, you want to see it, touch it—even walk on it! If you’re ready to order new LVT for your practice, visit one of three CenterPoint Design showrooms of the nation’s leading dental supplier, Benco Dental.

“Whether you are refreshing an old space or building new, LVT is a great option,” Amanda Griffith, CenterPoint Design Interior Designer at Benco Dental.

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Disclaimer: Warranty claims are subject to manufacturer approval.