7 useful questions to help you find the best dental milling machine

Posted by Kate Bower – 04.08.22

3 minute read

So, you are thinking about buying a dental milling machine?

best dental milling machine
best dental milling machine

You may be asking yourself which is the best dental milling machine on the market? You might already have done some research and checked out different manufacturers and suppliers, you might even have an idea of which is the best product for you.

Have you asked yourself all the right questions?

  • Have you spoken to someone who has asked you detailed questions about your business, your current needs and where you hope to be in the future?
  • Will a dry mill or a wet mill work best for you? What is the difference between the two and what materials will work with which?
  • Are you aware of the additional equipment you might need to make sure your milling machine is maintained to the highest standards?
  • Which one is going to be the most cost effective, give you the best performance, is the most accurate, most speedy?
  • The question isn’t which is the best dental milling machine on the market, but which is the best one for you and your business, now and in the future.

We answer some of these questions below and if you want to talk to someone who knows their stuff and wants to understand you and your business, why not give us a call on 0117 977 3593.

1. How much is it really going to cost?

We would suggest a budget of between £24,000 and £34,00 which will include the milling machine, accompanying machines, consumables, pc and software and installation and support.

If you went for finance at £34,000 the monthly payments would look something like this:


To make sure you get the best deal we recommend discussing all the finance options in more depth, so please get in touch.

2. How long will it take before it pays for itself?

This is difficult to truly know as there are so many contributing factors. However, if we look at full contour zirconia (FCZ) production, a simple equation will give you an idea of whether you can reduce your monthly production costs; Monthly number of FCZ multiplied by £7.50 (approximate material and tooling cost to mill each STML FCZ), plus the monthly cost of finance. If this is less than your outsourcing bill, then you’re in a good position.

3. Wet mill, dry mill or hybrid, which is the best dental milling machine for you?

It depends on what you want to mill. A dry mill will use Zirconia, Wax and PMMA, a wet mill will be used for PMMA also and for harder materials like Metals. Generally a lab will go with a dry mill and a clinic a wet mill. A dry mill will allow you to do several  jobs at once, saving time and money. A wet mill will be used for one job at a time.

Hybrid mills will do both wet and dry milling and if this of interest you should check out our latest offering, the Redon Hybrid.

4. How long will it take to get up to speed?

Probably not as long as you think but difficult to say exactly. What I can say is that if you’re already au fait with CAD design then it should be comparatively simple and painless. We would always advise integrating in-house milling slowly and gradually switch from your out-sourcing partner. In reality most labs switch most production to in-house within a week or two.

5. Do I have the space?

This is a good question and one often missed out, do you have the space for a milling machine and the accompanying equipment, dental milling machines can be big beasts.

Of course, the answer is, it depends. The easiest thing to do is to give us a call and we can give you an idea of the sort of space you might need.

6. What additional equipment is required?

All dental milling machines will require some additional equipment. A wet mill will need a compressor and a dry milling machine requires both a compressor and an extractor

Both machines need CAM software and a computer to run it.

Both mills will come with milling burs but you will have to consider your ongoing consumables requirement such as materials like Zirconia, PMMS, Wax and of course additional milling burs.

7. What about support and maintenance?

Once you have chosen your supplier and the spec of the machines you want you will need to consider installation, support and maintenance.

One of the most important points to make here is that even though you may get some really good training there will always be times when something different comes along and you need some advice as to how to manage the case. After all, everyday you will be milling something different using different materials. You need someone you can trust on the other end of the phone.

Of course we sell dental milling machines, but we also offer comprehensive training, support and maintenance, which is based on our ‘hands-on’ knowledge and experience of using these products and that is how we are in a great position to advise and support you.

Our sister company Bristol Crown, a milling centre and right next door to us, uses a mix of wet mills and dry mills. They have a Redon GTR, 2 Roland 52 DCi’s, a Roland DWX 51d, a DWX 42w, a Daytron DTS and more. These machines are used in earnest, they’re worked hard and they’re worked all day.

We know these machines inside out. We know how to set them up, what materials work best in each, the performance of each, how to clean them, how to make sure they live their best life, what to do if there is a problem. We are in the best position to advise you. We can help you find that best dental milling machine, the one perfect for you.

When we make a decision about what manufacturer and what model of milling machine we are going to stock we do our research. A lot of research. We stock Redon and Roland milling machines because we believe they are quality machines and offer the best range for both small and large businesses.

Some of our happy customers