The start-up process for setting up a Dental Practice from scratch can be very overwhelming as there are many factors to take into consideration. During the beginning stages, you will need to focus on many areas such as licensing arrangements (state and local), Insurance arrangements, Billing arrangements and most importantly business operations (staffing, supply chain setups, vendor arrangements etc.) of the practice. We are focusing on “Instruments and supplies” side of business operations in this article. We are assuming the needs for a one dentist, dental clinic. These dental instruments and supplies list is to cover most of operative, preventive dentistry, endodontic, prosthodontic, and oral surgical. Please be advised that this list if aimed to be a starting point for your new practice.

OPERATIVE INSTRUMENTS CATEGORY (6 to 10 KITS PER DENTIST)

  • Cotton Pliers(s)
  • Spoon Excavator
  • Amalgam  Carrier Double Ended I
  • Amalgam  Plugger
  • Cleoid-Discoid
  • Hollenbach
  • Interproximal Carver
  • Articulatiilg Paper Forceps
  • Rubber Dam Frame
  • Rubber Dam Clamp Forceps
  • Dycal Instrument
  • Mouth Mirrors
  • Mirror Handles
  • Scissors, Iris

HANDPIECES CATEGORY (1 kit)

  • Low-Speed Hand piece
  • Contra Angle Sheath 
  • Straight Attachment
  • Spray and Clean Hand piece Lubricant
  • Ball-Bearing Contra Angle Assembly (Latch)
  • Prophy Contra Angle Head Assembly
  • High-Speed Hand piece

OTHER INSTRUMENTS CATEGORY (6 to 10 kits)

  • Explorer/PSR Periodontal Probes for Exam Kits
  • Cement Spatulas
  • Rubber Dam Punch
  • Rubber Dam Clamps, Starter Kit
  • Rubber Dam Punch
  • Dental Mirrors
  • Mirror Handles for Exam Kits

OPERATIVE SUPPLIES CATEGORY (4 to 5 kits)

  • Accu Film II/box
  • Amalgam -Regular Set/can
  • Glass Ionomer Kit
  • IRM Caps
  • Clear Matrix Strips 
  • Sof-Lex Pop-On
  • Finishing Strips Coarse/Medium
  • Lightening Strips Medium 12/tube
  • Polishing Paste 
  • Toillemire Matrix Bands
  • Dycal Ivory Shade/tube
  • Lidocaine 2%
  • Long Needles
  • Short Needles
  • Topical Anesthetic
  • Sharps Container

DISPOSABLES CATEGORY (4 PACKS)

INNFECTION CONTROL SUPPLIES (4 PACKS)

STANDARD ORAL SURGERY KIT CATEGORY (2-3 Kits per Dentist)

  • Minnesota Retractor
  • Mouth Mirror 1 Mouth Handle
  • Scissors Kelly
  • Mouth Prop
  • Suction Tips
  • Surgical Handles
  • Molt Periosteal Elevator
  • Needle Holder
  • Elevator

ORAL SURGERY INSTRUMENTS CATEGORY (2 TO 3 Kits, Quantities vary by brand)

  • Forceps
  • Cryer
  • Crane Pick
  • Dental Mirror for Post-Op Kit
  • Mirror Handles for Post-Op Kit
  • Periosteal Elevator
  • Heidbrink
  • Tissue Forceps
  • Surgical Handle

ORAL SURGERY SUPPLIES CATEGORY

ENDODONTIC SUPPLIES CATEGORY (2 TO 3 Kits, Quantities vary by brand)

  • Silicone Endo Stops
  • Endodontic Ice
  • Can-a-Seal
  • Dispenser
  • Gates Glidden Drills
  • Finger Spreader
  • Endo Micro-Torch
  • Butane Refill
  • Files, Flex-R-Files, assorted
  • Broaches, assorted
  • Endo Burs, assorted

STANDARD PROPHY KIT CATEGORY (2-3 Kits per Dentist)

  • Curette
  • Sharpening Stone
  • Cavitron Tip
  • Mouth Mirror
  • Explorer/PSR Probe
  • Sickle

PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY SUPPLIES CATEGORY (1 Pack per Dentist)

RADIOLOGY SUPPLIES CATEGORY (1 Pack PER Dentist)

  • Occlusal Film
  • FM X-Ray mounts
  • BW mounts
  • X-Ray Envelopes
  • Peri-Mix Chemicals

Cleaning Kit

  • XCP Kit
  • Snapper Ray
  • X-Ray Apron
  • Apron Hanger
  • Viewbox,Film

PROSTHODONTIC AND LABORATORY SUPPLIES CATEGORY (1 PACK per Dentist)

  • Plastic, Impression Trays, Large /Medium
  • Alginate, Fast Set
  • Lab Stone, Golden
  • Mixing Bowls, Hygienic, Large
  • Blu-Bite Bite Registration
  • Plastic Wax Strips
  • Bite Wafers with Foil
  • Impression Material
  • Alcohol Torch
  • Reline Material
  • Den-Shur-Cup
  • Plaster Knife
  • Wax Spatula
  • Bioform Shade Guide

SUGGESTED EQUIPMENT CATEGORY (1 EACH)

  • Amalgamator
  • Curing Light
  • Plaster Trap
  • Plaster Vibrator
  • Model Trimmer
  • Ultrasonic Cleaner
  • Wall Mounted X-Ray
  • Vacuum System
  • Oilless Air Compressor
  • Film Processor w/ Daylight Loader
  • Ultrasonic Scaler
  • Autoclave
  • Eyewash Station