How to Start a Dental Lab Business

Did you graduate having a degree in dentistry? Maybe you are not that satisfied with your earnings. To prepare for your entire family's future, you must have your dental laboratory. It will be a straightforward process if you plan to do business with other doctors.

Aside from dentists, the following can be some of your prospects in putting up your dental lab business: periodontists, prosthodontists, and orthodontists.

Just like any other business, you also need to make lots of considerations about this kind of business. Location is one of the significant factors that can make or break your business. So, you need to find one with more dental practices than dental laboratories. You must stay away first from competitions since your dental lab is just starting to boom in the dentistry industry.

Steps to Start a Dental Lab Business

You must have a detailed and well-organized business plan, official release, license, and permit to ensure success in this business venture. Of course, before you ask for a loan from banks and other institutions, it will first scrutinize what strategy you will use in the business, the level of your expertise in the dental industry, and your growth plan.
You also need to secure even just a small business loan. Owners of Wright's Dental Laboratory, David and Charles Wright, said that a minimum of $25,000 will be needed to successfully start the dental lab business. This amount will cover the administrative supplies, insurance, building space, marketing fees, legal fees, and purchased price of dental equipment.

Next, you have to look for an ideal business location. You can rent an office space for your business to be established. Talking with dental professionals will let you know if they need more lab services.

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Then, you must proceed to choose a unique name for your business. It would help if you did extensive research to have a different reputation from all the other registered dental labs. A lawsuit will be filed against you if you choose a name already taken. So, be careful!

After choosing a unique name for your dental lab, the next thing to do is register the business. You must check with the local government to get business permits and licenses to know what it requires.

The marketing strategy to promote your business is one of the most challenging parts of the dental lab business. It would be best to have a high level of salesman and communication skills to convince other dental professionals to switch to your service. You can offer them special discounts. To uphold your reputation, you must fulfill your promises.

The last process you need to take is ordering an inventory.


  • Mark said on January 25, 2013
    Can I start my dental lb business at home in Lee County Florida? And what do I need. Thanks
  • Prashant Harekar said on March 25, 2013
    Hi dear, My Name is prashant i can start a new business in india maharashtra State pune city, Can you please send me the detailed about latest equipment and machinery price, please help me out, Regards, Prashant.
  • Jessica said on March 28, 2013
    Hello, would it be possible for you to email me which equipment i need to start an orthodontic lab and how much it costs just more or less?
  • Eric said on March 28, 2013
    I am thinking to open a dental lab in Taiwan. Do you have any idea how how to start it up? What kind of equipment should I buy? What kind of knowledge should I learn?
  • Malisa said on April 11, 2013
    I am interested in opening my own dental lab on the boarder of Texas and Arkansas.. What equipment is needed to start with and their estimated cost? suppliers as well
  • katie kolpin said on May 15, 2013
    Thought of opening a dental lab in Newton, Iowa need to know. What needs to be purchased, knowledge and training ect.
  • Osama Haddad said on May 18, 2013
    I want to start new dental lab in Bahrain, which is a small island in the Arabian Gulf (Population 1.3million). What equipments should I buy? Can I specialise in one or two areas only, rather than trying to offer all products? Thank you
  • adeniran adeniyialiu said on June 3, 2013
    i want to start my dental clinic and dental lab, here in Lagos badagry express road lagos state nigeria, how can i start? am a dental technologist.
  • Ray said on July 13, 2013
    Hi, I would like to start an orthodontic lab business in Pleasant Groce Utah, USA. Will you please give information what kind of equipment do I need, and how much is aproximatly to start up, please? Thanks
  • S.S.ANAND said on October 9, 2013
    Planning to start a fully setup Dental Lab. in Sabah Malaysia. Need information on Equipments, Materials & other stuffs required. Please assist. Thanks S.S.Anand
  • terri shaffer said on October 26, 2013
    i am starting my own dental lab and would love information on equipment and product that i would need.
  • Petelo S Ilimaleota said on December 5, 2013
    I want to start a small dental lab in PagoPago AM Samoa a small island in the south pacific and also a territory of the USA. i am a dental technician myself and the only dental tech in this island, how do i start this specialty is both removable and fixed. can you help.
  • moshe said on December 10, 2013
    I would love to start a new general dental lab in south africa around small town name bronkhorstspruit please send me the list of equipments and their estimated cost
  • pulkit said on April 1, 2014
    Planning to start a fully setup Dental Lab. in jammu, india. Need information on Equipments, Materials & other stuffs required. Please assist. Thanks
  • Dr RUPINDER Chahal said on April 26, 2014
    The dental office where my daughter works is planning to start a dental lab in MountainView, CA. We need to know the minimum investment, the equipment and their availability, the space required and the staff needed to run the lab. Thank you.
  • Dr RUPINDER Chahal said on April 26, 2014
    ISmile dental clinic, Cuesta Drive, Mountain View, California, USA.
  • Shyam Kabaria said on May 8, 2014
    Hello, I'm looking to either purchase an exciting Dental Lab or Start up my own Dental Lab with the help of investors and or partners in the North New Jersey Area. If anyone is interested or has any insight on how to get started please email me or contact me via email @ Thank you.
  • CornĂ©l Lindhout said on June 23, 2014
    I am a technician in Bloemfontein South Africa with a lot of experience . I am very frustrated working as an employee. Please help in assisting me with a list of equipment, materials and costs to open a general lab. A template of a business plan would also help me a lot
  • Larry Graham said on July 11, 2014
    Philadelphia PA USA. I wanted to start a denture laboratory,
  • Cynthia said on September 23, 2014
    I am interested in knowing more about anything related to opening a new dental lab in Doha, Qatar. we are working on a feasibility study related to opening a new dental lab in Doha and we need to have more highlights about the above subject. Your soonest reply is highly appreciated. Regards
  • Dr Kajal Poddar said on December 1, 2014
    Hi, I am a B.D.S and want to start my own dental laboratory in bommanahalli ,bangalore, Karnataka. Kindly guide me for the same regarding permit, equipments, materials, hiring dental technician asap
  • Gary Co said on December 18, 2014
    hi, can you please assist me on developing my own dental lab here in the philippines. i dont know anything about laboratory but i am fast learner. Thanks!
  • Jay said on January 28, 2015
    I have the opportunity to market a dental lab that is overseas being that it will all be done there I will have no b overhead costs. Just looking how to go about getting my foot in the door. No dental experience. Just looking for a dentist who would be gracious enough to have this as a learning process for each other or just market my lab to others
  • Dylan said on February 24, 2015
    I'm attempting to open my 1St Dental lab. I've been a tech for 13yrs. I will be opening in the central valley in California. What licensing, permits are required, and do I have to be zoned for particular areas of the city To operate?
  • Julian Tran said on April 27, 2015
    Would like to start a 3d dental lab with cad/cam equipment in Houston Texas. Can you give some guidance?
  • Khaled Mardini said on May 19, 2015
    Dear Sir, I'm from Syria and I have certificate dental laboratory associate from Damascus university I have green card I will be in Houston Texas at 06/03 and I want to work in your laboratory if you don't mind. Thanks, Best Regards Khaled Mardini
  • Olivia said on June 2, 2015
    Interested in a starting a denture lab. Can you give me a list of dental equipment I will need?
  • Raichel thomas said on June 5, 2015
    I would like to start my own dental lab in navi Mumbai,kamothe. Can you just help me with the equipments and machineries that are required and also the cost for the same.
  • Harshavardhan MP said on June 19, 2015
    Hi, I am based in Mysore, Karnataka, India, can u guide me to set up a CAD/CAM lab. I am a Prosthodontist with 7 yrs experience want to have a lab. I am interested in Cad/Cam. can you give me an insight in to what all equipment would be required to set up a full fledge lab. thank you, regards, Dr.Harsha
  • Maria said on September 17, 2015
    My business location is in Nicaragua, Leon and I want to growth local and national with new technology and supplies. Could you please help with this?
  • Humaira Nadeem said on September 28, 2015
    hi, I am based in Los Angeles, CA. I am interested in opening a dental lab. Could you please guide me as to the state and city requirements to open one as well as any licensing requirements to be fulfilled when opening a new lab. I am a high school graduate with no dental experience or training but I can successfully arrange all the necessary staff needed to run it. Would I need to have some kind of dental background/ training as a must requirement to open a lab? Waiting for your answer, thanks.
  • Al Pod said on November 3, 2015
    I need to start dental lab in Sacramento, CA. What are the laws and restrictions/requirements to run dental lab, and mostly what equipment would I need for night guards retainers and whitening trays? Thank you in advance
  • Geetika said on November 4, 2015
    I am from India and MDS prostho want to open a dental lab. Plz send me total cost project with the list of equipments required, Thanks
  • Senka said on November 14, 2015
    Hello,I am interested in opening up my own Denture lab.I have been in this businesses for 10 years. What do I need? What are the rules and regulations for Pennsylvania?
  • Eslam said on December 29, 2015
    Thanks for your information but I want to know what is the latest equipment list that I need to start my lab.
  • john said on January 2, 2016
    Do I need to be license or certified to start a dental lab in Texas and Louisiana ?
  • EDWARD said on January 25, 2016
    I'm planning to start a fully set-up Dental Lab in Homestead South Florida. I need information on equipment, materials and rules here in FL. Could you please help with this?
  • romulo said on January 31, 2016
    I will start a new dental lab in a few months, can i have an idea how much salary or % will igive to a starting salesman? if no salary basis? or a commission basis? LAS PINAS, METRO MANILA, PHILIPPINES
  • Peggy said on March 10, 2016
    call you local Zahn rep 800-4969500 they can help you with all your questions on supplies and equipment.
  • Hannah said on March 15, 2016
    Is it possible to open a dental technician lab in malaysia by using diploma certificate?
  • john said on April 20, 2016
    Hello,i am a dentist living in California ,i don't equivalence my certificate as dentist in usa yet ,can i open a dental lab and hiring certified technicians in it? thanks.
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  • sojan varghese said on July 10, 2016
    Please call me u want open new lab requirements of equipment pls call me thank You. 0097450203138
  • Kannama said on August 29, 2016
    I'm planning to start a fully set up dental lab in Malaysia but I need the list of latest dental equipment and digital equipment and the cost. Please assist.
  • Sonata said on June 11, 2017
    I am planning to open a fully setup dental technician laboratory in Edmonton, Ca. Could you ,please ,give me information about licenses, certificates.... Have I be registered dental technician?....What kind of documents is need it? After that I would like to get information about dental laboratory equipment, supplies, materials...How much is approximately to start up. How I find a doctor who wants to work with me? Thanks. Assist me , please.
  • Kalen said on July 9, 2017
    Hello, am Kalen. I am thinking of setting a dental laboratory in Papua New Guinea. Could you please tell me the equipment I need to start up with and the cost. Thanks
  • Karapen, said on February 4, 2018
    Hi, I am Karapen, a dentist from Papua New Guinea. I am thinking of setting a Dental laboratory business. Can you please assist me with information regarding the equipment, instrument and consumables that I will need to set up. Thank you..
  • Chenelly said on March 24, 2018
    I have no specialized training in dental technology. I will take internet courses. I want to make denture duicates is this practicing dentistry
  • Siri said on May 22, 2018
    Can I ask for a list of the equipment/machines needed in putting up a dental lab? I am helping a dental lab technician buy machines for his own lab. Thank you.
  • Pooja Sharma said on June 25, 2018
    Hi, My name is Pooja. I would like to open a Dental lab in New Zealand. Would you be able to tell me about the equipment required for a startup? Thanks & Regards. Pooja
  • Anil kumar said on June 29, 2018
    I want to start a new lab and basic knowledge in a lab in a short amount. my no 6394651749
  • Blessing said on January 22, 2019
    Hello, I want to start a Dental laboratory in Lagos, Nigeria. Please can you give me a guide on how to go about it. I am a registered Dental Technologist
  • Fahmi said on January 27, 2019
    Hi, I'm interested in this business. is it possible to send me the required equipment and cost? and Raw materials and cost?
  • Samir said on June 28, 2022
    Hi, I'm a dentist interested in starting a dental lab business. Is it possible to know the type of equipment and materials I need to do so..! Are 3D printers an excellent addition to the lab...? Best regards
  • sugunan said on July 25, 2022
    Dear Sir, We want to set up a new dental lab in Kuala Lumpur. Appreciate it if you could assist us. Thank you Sugunan0163677516
  • Fatema Waliji said on December 15, 2022
    Hi! I'm Dr. Fatema Waliji and I need help in starting up a dental lab in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Please help me with a list of dental equipment and the availability of skilled staff
  • Rodrigo said on August 15, 2023
    I am trying to set up a home dental lab in Miami, Florida, but I need help figuring out what course to take. I want to work mainly in implants, surgical guides, crowns, and study models. I hoped to get some information on the rules and the best way to have a safe and affordable home dental lab office.


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