Creating the Perfect Starter Bench Test Kit

Ready to set-up a home lab for creating the perfect starter bench test kit? Bench test practice takes time, and the things you practice is yours forever, so Dr. Alyssa recommends applicants start their preparation as early as possible. How else will you get ahead? Setting a home-lab can sound daunting, so we’ve put together a list to give you a jump for creating the perfect starter bench test kit. You’ll need more things as you go, but with the material below you’ll get started, and you can get more things as the need comes up. We do not sell anything ourselves, but included links to the items for your convenience.

Components for creating the Perfect Starter Bench Test Kit

  • Air compressor
    • Highly recommend getting a silent compressor, even they are noisy.
    • No need for a higher-end compressor made for dentistry as we’re practicing on typodonts
  • Dental Turbine Unit

Recommended Combo: Air Compress + Dental Turbine Unit 

Creating the Perfect Starter Bench Test Kit

  • High-speed Handpiece
    • Huge range of quality and price.
    • The cheaper are expected to break down, but the starting price-point for a handpiece that’s built to last longer is about $500. This cost is much higher than purchasing several of the lower end ones.
    • You’ll likely not use the handpiece you purchase at this time after you start school, due to school policies.
    • If you have a 2 hole from your country I’d recommend purchasing a 4 hole over getting a converter. 4 hole handpieces are much smoother, it’s hard to do good preps with 2 hole handpieces
  • Turbine to compressor connector
    • Visit your local hardware store with the tubing from the turbine unit. The compressor side needs a 1/4″ quick-release
  • Typodonts
    • Columbia Typodont (Used or New)
    • Kilgore Typodont (Used or New)
    • About half of the programs use Columbia and half Kilgore. The teeth don’t cross-fit unfortunately.
    • The consistency of the teeth are different, so practicing on both typodonts are highly recommended
  • Extra Teeth
    • Columbia / Kilgore
    • Shipping can cost a lot from these companies, so stock up on them. You’ll need a lot of teeth to practice on anyways
  • Typodont Mounting Pole
  • Mouth Mirror
  • Explorer / Probe
    • You could get a probe and explorer separately if you want, but this serves both purposes
  • Hatchet
  • Mesial Margin Trimmer
  • Distal Margin Trimmer
  • Burs
  • Amalgam Capsules
    • Required for practicing amalgam restorations
  • Amalgamator
    • Essential for activating amalgam capsules to practice amalgam restorations

*If you find a link that doesn’t work, please let us know by leaving a comment below so we can fix it. 

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  1. claudia June 6, 2014 at 6:45 am - Reply

    I am interested in this bench kit, how can I get them?

    • Dr. Alyssa June 12, 2014 at 8:05 pm - Reply

      Hi there, we don’t sell them – you could get things individually off eBay or Amazon, or you could visit a local dental school student store.

  2. Ntasha July 5, 2014 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    When buying a mounting pole should we look for one with the entire face and cheeks etc? Or practicing on the jaws only sufficient?

  3. rameez July 15, 2014 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Can you please specify which burs are used for what purpose, that would really mean alot

  4. Bhoomi July 23, 2014 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Any air compressor is compatible with the dental turbine unit or are there specifications?

  5. Jasjot August 12, 2014 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    I want to know about the lighting system thats best to use while practicing at home.

    • Kevin Marshall August 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm - Reply

      Hey Jasjot, any good desk lamp with a flexible neck should do. We personally like these Jansjo lights made by Ikea as they don’t get too hot (LED) and offer great flexibility. We find that 2 of them work better than 1 because you can eliminate shadows caused by just 1 of them.
      Jasjot LED Lights

    • Emy August 30, 2016 at 10:44 am - Reply

      The link of how to connect the turbine to the compressor doesn’t work. can you fix it please!

      • Kevin Marshall September 20, 2016 at 6:09 pm - Reply

        Should be working now – thanks!

  6. Mohini July 20, 2017 at 10:11 pm - Reply

    When I search for columbia 860 teeth, most of results route to Ivorine like on ebay. Should I buy there? or buy original from Columbia website?

  7. GEORGINA CARRASCO November 21, 2017 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Hi , the air compressor link is not working.

    • Christ Barcenas November 22, 2017 at 11:09 pm - Reply

      Link has been updated 🙂 Thanks for letting us know!

  8. Dentist June 11, 2019 at 6:56 am - Reply

    Excellent, what a weblog it is! This blog provides helpful facts
    to us, keep it up.

    • Christ Barcenas June 12, 2019 at 8:30 pm - Reply

      Happy to know you found it helpful!

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