Creating the Perfect Starter Bench Test Kit

Ready to set-up a home lab for creating the perfect starter bench test kit to master the Bench Test? 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.

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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

*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. Ze July 6, 2020 at 7:34 am - Reply


    Which magnification for dental loupes is better 2.5 or 3.5 for bench test prep?

    • Alyssa Marshall July 8, 2020 at 11:57 am - Reply

      Magnification is more of a matter of preference, one is not better than the other. It takes longer to get used to 3.5 magnification and you’ll also need more light and better quality loupes in general. 2.5 is easier to get used to and not as tricky to get started with. But 3.5 loupes will magnify things larger than 2.5 will.

  2. Khan May 29, 2020 at 11:35 am - Reply

    I have a California Air tool compressor 8010 which is 8 gallon.What pressure should I set it to?It says do not change factory settings which is set to 115 to 120psi.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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?

  6. 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!

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

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

    • Kevin Marshall July 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm - Reply

      Yes most any air compressor you can buy online or at a Home Depot like store use the same fittings and are thus comparable. However, you will need to purchase a few parts at the hardware store to connect them. Neither of which come with either the turbine unit or air compressor.
      More info here:

      • Roger February 3, 2020 at 7:53 pm - Reply

        Hi.. Does 1 gallon California compressor works or I need to get the 8 gallon one ?

        • Sherry Astorga February 4, 2020 at 7:43 pm - Reply

          Hi Roger! The smaller one will work but will frequently stop to refill itself with air to power the handpiece. Larger capacity ones won’t have that problem.

  8. 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

  9. 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?

  10. 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.

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