10 Greatest Mistakes to Avoid in Your Dental Clinic – Dental Practice Management

Dr Varun Bajaj

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Dr Varun Bajaj is a Dental Surgeon practicing in Chandigarh. He has been in clinical practice for many years now and loves to share his experiences with young dentists.

10 Greatest Mistakes that every dentist must avoid in a dental clinic.

Very essential for a successful dental career & dental practice management.  

Dental Practice Management: 10 Greatest Mistakes to Avoid in Your Dental Clinic

How can a new dental graduate start a successful practice and make it profitable in the shortest time?


You must read to avoid these TOP 10 Mistakes that will enable you to have a profitable dental practice in a short time.

Yes, having your professional dental clinic is a moment of pride, joy, and happiness. It does feel like owning a piece of the world.

However, it is also a fact that dental profession has become too competitive due to over saturation. There is no denying that a fresh dental graduate today is under immense stress than a dental graduate a few years back.

Everybody wants to open a clinic in a city or urban location, and that is why the dental practice market is so overcrowded.

It has made, a highly profitable profession of dentistry, not so lucrative anymore.

However, since, you are already into dentistry, it is hard to change your job at this stage.

However, what you can do is to be cautious while planning to set up your professional practice.

Yes, there is a perceived over-saturation in dentistry, but you have to find your way through it. Many times being continuously around negative thoughts about dentistry closes your minds from many other possibilities.

In this post, we will be looking at those options that will help you in improving your dental practice.

I am no expert, but I am sharing the points that I realized while trying to open & establish my dental clinic. Many will tell you what to do to while opening a clinic.

However, I will mention the top mistakes that you should not commit before and after opening your dental clinic

Let’s start the article

Check out the 1st mistake that many dentists make every time.

1. Not sure about your primary clinical skills?

Don’t start a clinic!

Irrespective whether you are a fresh passed out dentist or a postgraduate, your dental clinic depends on few basic dental procedures


Root Canal Treatment/ Tooth Preparation

Esthetic Composite Works


Never open a clinic without getting your hands smooth on the above procedures.

Learn The Basic Dental Procedures Properly

Be mindful of the following facts:

  • Before opening a clinic, you need to have more than a good hand in the necessary dental procedures. They are the bread and butter of your practice.
  • So, never open a clinic without getting adequate experience and expertise on these procedures. If you are in the process of opening a clinic but still doubtful about the skills, then don’t worry.
  • It takes around 2 to 3 months, for the complete set up to be ready for use. In that duration get as much practice as you can in RCTs,  extractions, crown preparation and aesthetic restorations (composites).
  •  Rest other tasks; you will keep learning as you keep managing your clinic.

2.Wild Adventurous Investments

Ask any dentist in general what type of clinical setup he/she wants to make?

He/ She will answer – the most expensive, comfortable and modern looking clinic where the patients will just feel like slipping into a resort, get treated and pay me handsomely.

Well, it is not a bad idea. However, to construct it and make it successful, you or your parents need to invest MONEY! Moreover, that too lots of it!

If you do not have enough of what you see in the picture above, then the real game starts.

“Never Spend Huge Amount (outside your capacity) To Set Up The Clinic.”

  • That is the most practical advice you will ever get. Never spend excess money on furnishing, interiors and over the appearance of your dental practice.
  • That takes up a huge chunk of your budget and can potentially put you in financial stress if you are into initial years of your dental practice.
  • Instead spend it on modern instruments, chair, and other must-have clinical accessories.
  • Don’t just yet, go all out for the show business. If you are in the initial years of your clinical practice (with limited funds to work around), then it is not the correct time to spend precious cash on making the clinic look posh.
  • Wait for the correct time.

Every business venture has risk elements, and you need to approach it with care from the view of an investment.

Spend only in what is necessary.

Nothing more or nothing less.

I have personally seen cases where some doctors went into too much of razzmatazz in their clinic and the final amount spent went up too high. (much beyond their capacity)

However, if you still go with the over expenditure, it will add you to your stress unless you have loads of excess money in your bank account.

Stress After Spending Too Much

Oh! I invested too much in my practice! EMI and Bank Loans are giving me tensions!

Starting a dental practice is similar to any startup, where you need to control many factors including pricing. Read the article below to know how to plan the finance of your dental practice startup?

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Mistake Number 2 – Spending Money For Clinic In the Wrong Way

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