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Setting up a new dental practice and starting a new business from scratch can be downright overwhelming. There is a lot of work that goes into establishing your business: from choosing the ideal location, to how many employees you are going to hire, to how you are going to market your business. Here are some steps any healthcare professionals looking to start a dental practice should know. 

Plan your budget 

The cost of starting a new dental practice can be significant—sometimes upwards of $500,000. That’s a large sum of capital that few people have access to, requiring them to seek outside funding sources.

Estimate as best you can for initial costs to get your office up and running, and to sustain day-to-day operating expenses for the first few months. Most importantly, yet also commonly overlooked, anticipate any unexpected costs to ensure there is money available, just in case.

Ideal location 

Before settling on where to locate your practice, it’s a good idea to research the area in advance to gain an understanding of the local market. You want your location to be accessible, in proximity to your targeted patients, and within your budget. You also want to avoid an area that may already be saturated with dentists offering the same services. All of these factors can impact your potential patient base and revenue stream.

Purchase equipment 

Equipment, software, supplies, furniture —determining and purchasing all of the things you need for your practice to function can be a lengthy, costly process. Make sure to do your research on dental equipment and technology for the best prices, financing and training.

 Secure Licensing & Legal

Don’t wait until the last minute to handle the legal aspects of opening a dental practice. It can take months to earn credentials for your practice to accept private and government insurance can take months. You also need to make sure you’re properly licensed in your state, have a national provider identifier number, are registered with the DEA, and comply with all other local regulations specific to your area. On top of all of this, you will need to choose a legal structure for your business and register for state and local taxes.


Investing in dental marketing at the right time will help you attract clients and emerge as a leading dental practice. Consider implementing a marketing plan that advertises your practice across local print, TV, social media and radio stations. Build a professional website with clear directions for setting up an appointment, and begin welcoming patients to your new dental practice.

Setting up your own dental practice business is not going to be easy. There’s just so much to do! However, if you start early and set specific goals for yourself, you can overcome the challenges and start your business. If you are ready to set up your own dental practice business, consider Phelps & Frias Commercial Realty services today and see how we can help you!Give us a call or fill out the Contact Us form here to find out how we can help you!


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