Unit 2: Facilities & Staffing
facilities and staffing

Section 2. Equipment and Supplies

Service Life

Even with the best preventive maintenance, dental equipment will wear out. To aid in planning for replacing equipment, the following estimates of useful life of equipment are provided. Evaluate the manufacturer warranties for the listed big-ticket items.

The estimates were developed by the Veteran’s Administration and the U.S. Army.

Dental chair

15 years

Operating stool

15 years

Dental handpiece (drill)

3 years

X-ray unit

5 years

Ultrasonic cleaner

10 years


10 years


15 years

Dental units

10 years

Air compressor

12 years

Vacuum system

10 years