5 Tips for Buying Used Dental Equipment

5 Tips for Buying Used Dental Equipment

Purchasing used dental equipment can be a cost-effective way for dental practices to acquire high-quality dental equipment without breaking the bank. However, navigating the market of pre-owned dental equipment requires careful consideration to ensure you're investing in reliable, efficient, and safe equipment.

These five essential tips will help you make informed decisions when you buy used dental equipment.

1. Understand the refurbishment process

The first step in buying used dental equipment is to determine whether the products have been refurbished. Sometimes, when purchasing used equipment from an individual seller, the equipment comes “as is.” This carries its own risks, including no warranty and no guarantees about how the equipment will function, even a year after purchase.

Properly refurbished equipment should function like new. Be sure that the seller clearly outlines their process, which should include a thorough inspection, servicing, and testing of the equipment. Look for details about:

Inspection: What is their inspection process? Every piece of equipment should be meticulously inspected for any defects or potential issues.

Servicing: All high-wear parts should be replaced by a skilled technician. This includes block cartridges, HVE/saliva ejector valves, and position sensors. All handpiece and syringe tubings should also be replaced. Check that the waterlines have been treated and shocked.

Testing: After servicing, the equipment must be tested and should function the same as it did when it was brand new. Be sure that the waterline bacteria levels are tested. You should feel confident that you are getting equipment that is safe and reliable.

2. Verify the use of original parts

When equipment is refurbished, the replacement parts used can significantly impact its longevity and functionality.

Verify that original parts were used. Original parts ensure a proper fit since they are specifically designed for the product. Using original parts helps ensure the equipment's performance.

3. Check the warranty

Look for a warranty that covers a substantial period — ideally, more than a year. This provides you with peace of mind and protection against any unforeseen issues.

4. Research the seller's reputation

The trustworthiness of the seller is crucial. Research their history and reputation within the dental community. Consider how long they have been in business and their expertise in dental equipment.

5. Inquire about after-sale support

After-sale support is vital, especially when it comes to maintaining dental equipment. You should be able to speak to someone who is thoroughly trained on all products so you can get the answers you need.


Buying used dental equipment provides an excellent opportunity to affordably upgrade or expand your practice. A-dec recently introduced A-dec certified pre-owned equipment, which combines the value of pre-owned dental equipment with A-dec's renowned quality. This makes A-dec equipment accessible to a broader range of dentists, including those who are starting their practice or replacing existing equipment.

A-dec certified pre-owned equipment is inspected, refurbished, and fully supported by the same company that made it. It is backed by a 3-year parts warranty.

Shop all available A-dec certified pre-owned equipment packages.


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