Showing posts with label Skill Development. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Skill Development. Show all posts

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Top 10 qualities to be a successful Dentist's changing world where most of the people are taking career in dentistry as a nice paying profession some light has to be focused on the qualities we must posses qualities to be a successful Dentist.

I want to call this 'unfortunate' as we don't have any training sessions to develop these qualities in our dental syllabus, these qualities must be cultivated by own.

At this high time when dental colleges have  mushroomed every where and thousands of dentists coming out every year and there is 'so called raising competition'  if you really want to make difference then having a degree is not enough.

I call it "Passion" you have to be passionate about dentistry.Ask yourself Will I do it even if I don't get paid? Do I like it so much? if answer is yes then 'You are Passionate enough' .

Top 10 qualities to be a successful Dentist

Here are some qualities you need to develop. 

1. Has a Good Manner: A great medical professional has a good manner and makes patients feel comfortable and at ease during exams and treatments.

2. Has a Sense of Empathy: A great medical professional has a strong sense of empathy and understands what it is to feel pain and suffering. They are supportive and have a genuine interest in improving a patient's well-being.

3. Has Great Communication Skills: A great medical professional has excellent communication skills. They can explain complicated medical terminology in laymen's terms to the average patient. They also have excellent listening skills and take the time to understand what a patient's needs are.

4. Has Sharp Problem Solving Skills: A great medical professional has excellent problem solving skills and can quickly determine solutions to problems. Working in health care, by definition, involves solving problems of the human body.

5. Is Always Very Thorough: A great medical professional is always very thorough in their work. They recognize that the smallest oversight can have grave consequences and therefore are sure to cover all the bases in everything they do.

6. Offers Support for Patient Decisions: A great medical professional acts as a partner with a patient in treatment decisions and understands that ultimately, all decisions lie in the hands of the patient. They offer full support of patient decisions.

7. Offers Time to Patients: A great medical professional spends adequate time with their patients and never rushes through an exam during a busy day. They give each patient enough time to make a proper diagnosis or to offer a thorough treatment.

8. Possesses Significant Knowledge: A great medical professional has extensive knowledge of the human body and its ailments. They are not afraid to admit when they do not know something and will either research it or refer a patient to someone better qualified.

9. Possesses Strong Sense of Ethics: A great medical professional has a strong sense of ethics and never compromises their integrity or values.

10. Pursues Continuing Education: A great medical professional recognizes that the medical field is full of new research and developments, and they stay on top of everything new in the field. They read research journals and take training classes to stay current.

Friday, May 6, 2011

6 Steps and Tips to Improve Your Tooth Carving.


For a dental students tooth carving is one of the first difficult task which he/she encounters in dental school. I faced same problems when I was a dental student but I loved tooth carving because I knew about the fact that tooth carving is basic step in building the dexterity required to become a successful dentist.

Today I'm writing down all my tips and learning in point wise and summary fashion. You may not find this in any dental books online or offline in this way. But most important thing is that- 

it requires attitude and commitment to learn this art.

STEP 1. Read and understand the tooth anatomy

1.Before your guide gives you the demonstration- first thing you must do is read the anatomy of that tooth. If you will go empty mind its difficult to absorb anything from demo.

2.While reading the anatomy make point wise notes of the each surface of tooth. Facial, lingual, Mesial etc.

3.My favorite book for dental anatomy is Wheeler's Dental Anatomy, Physiology and Occlusion use it. it's a must and best standard text book.

4.Don't rely on memory keep this notes and Wheeler's book beside you while you are carving the tooth.

STEP 2. Get proper instruments   


1.Get a good quality Lecron carver for yourself. While buying the carver check for the sharpness of carver, don't take blunt carvers.

2.A Metal scale ruler is best for measuring dimensions, vernier caliper can also be used for perfection.

3.Take good quality of carving wax it should neither be too soft or too hard. too soft will be distorted and too hard will be difficult to carve.

STEP 3. Keep an ideally carved tooth in front of you

Ask some one like your teacher or fellow classmate or senior who are good at carving to do an ideal tooth carving for you, 

This have two benefits- 

1. You have an Ideal carving to look and learn,

2.You get a extra demo when you see your friend or senior carving the tooth. If no body is there to carve for you then get an Extracted tooth. 

Step 4. Start Carving

1.At the time when you start carving you should have good understanding of the anatomy of the tooth.

2.Start with gross carving of different surfaces - starting with facial then lingual, then mesial and distal, occlusal being the last.

3.While doing the gross carving keep measurements 1mm greater then what is needed this 1mm will be used in fine carving and finishing. 

4.After doing the gross carving, go for the fine carving for producing the details

5.Wipe the finished tooth with a piece of gauze. be careful not to apply pressure.

Step 5. Remove Distraction & Concentrate 

1.Find a comfortable place where there is least distraction.Carving needs lots of concentration,observation and learning don't take it casually.

Step 6. Do Imaginary carving

1.Just take a wax block and carve what ever comes in your mind, keep a model in front of you or just imagine and carve a sculpture.

2.This need not to be perfect or amazing, 

3.I'm asking you to do this because it have following benefits.-

You don't have to be perfect or follow any measurement so you carve with more relaxed mood. 

It will keep up the interest of carving.

You start to learn the properties of wax- how much pressure to apply and how to remove and cut wax. what to do what not to do. its a basic process of learning.

Bonus Tip no 7: Practice, Practice, Practice

Keep on trying and practicing to carve, It can not be mastered in one day,

More you carve better you get.

When you practiced enough with certain tooth, help your friends if they ask for it, Don't carve to complete their quota but give them demo and share your learning. 

Monday, January 3, 2011

How to Improve your Practical Hand or Dexterity In Dentistry.The Secret of that Perfect Hand.

Being a Dentist we are bit different from other health professionals.We treat our patients by working actively inside their mouth and we have to develop superior manual dexterity to achieve best results.

Consider average mouth opening of a person,it is not more then four fingers wide and what about the visibility and accessibility of our operating field? It’s weird!

 We work in a field in which people struggle to put a ‘Burger’ and we are expected to do miracle and yes we are doing miracles.

We perform detailed, meticulous procedures on a minute scale and margin of errors are in micro fractions, our instruments are sharp and invasive, loss of concentration will result in damage to vital tissue which is unacceptable.

I think its enough of self praising!

So what is this so called Good practical hand ?

Use of fingers involve fine motor skills It is called as Clinical dexterity in proper terms and it is skill in performing task especially with hands.

Clinical dexterity or abilities to perform task with hands develop over time,starting with primitive gestures such as grabbing at objects to more precise activities that involve precise eye–hand coordination.Improving your clinical dexterity involves practice of same procedure multiple time in controlled way, In this way small muscles of your hand will be conditioned for the procedure. This is called as developing Fine motor skills and these are the skills that involve a refined use of the small muscles which control the hand, fingers, and thumb. The development of these skills allows one to be able to complete tasks such as writing, drawing, buttoning and finally doing dental procedures.

 How motor skills are developed?

You must know that there are two types of motor skill.

Gross motor skills include lifting one's head,turning,moving head etc.Generally large muscles develop before smaller ones, thus, gross motor development is the foundation for developing skills.

Fine motor skills include the ability to manipulate small objects,and various eye–hand coordination tasks. Some examples of fine motor skills are using the pincer grasp (thumb and forefinger) to pick up small objects,like holding endodontic files.

Two Essential Things that affects your motor skill:

1.Hand-eye coordination:

One more important factor for a dentist is good hand-eye coordination. Hand–eye coordination is the coordinated control of eye movement with hand movement, and the processing of visual input to guide reaching and grasping along with the use of proprioception of the hands to guide the eyes.

2.Correct Positioning : 

Positioning is very important for engagement in fine motor tasks. A dentists seat should allow him to sit comfortably with his feet placed firmly on the floor. His hips, knees, and ankles should be at 90 degree angles, with his torso slightly forward. His operating field should be approximately at the level of his elbows when his arms are at rest at his side.Keep in mind that trunk stability is necessary for good mobility of the arms, hands, and fingers.

Interesting Fact: Ambidexterity is a specialized skill in which right and left both hands are equally dexterous and dentist can use any one of his hands as dominant one while working.

How can you build your skill by the time you proceed in your dental school :

 1.Start with simple manipulation of dental materials: how to hold spatula and bowl. What is the correct technique of mixing? Don’t dare to underestimate it. it will build foundation of your dexterity as well as your confidence and in bonus you will learn about properties of dental materials. If a dentist cant manipulate plaster or alginate it’s hopeless.

2.Wax block carving: Enjoy your carvings. Carve the anatomy of ALL teeth not for completing quota but for fun. Never ask anybody to carve for you. Dedicate as much time as you can in understanding and reproducing the anatomy of tooth. Not only teeth but you can do your imaginary carvings .Get an idea from your surroundings try to carve it on wax block and if you make something good don’t keep it to yourself Show it to your classmates, teachers and seniors get appreciated, this is the secret of building positive attitude, every time you get appreciated your confidence is improved your hand is improved.

3.Making miniature models/ sculptures: out of dental materials like plaster and modeling wax is one of the favorite things I did in my college time. I used to make something out of any dental material which can be manipulated. Fortunately I got Best crafts award in   “Colors 2009” annual function. Try doing!! its real fun. Beside it will improve your dexterity and confidence.

4.Preclinical Work: Take your preclinical very seriously. This is the step before handling real patients. This is to prepare and train you for your clinical work. If you try to skip it or take it lightly. You are going to do blunders in your patient’s mouth. Become through with the basic theories try to do work as ideal as possible. Complete your quotas and work hard to do so.

5.Clinical Work: A sound practical knowledge is necessary for doing clinical work it’s the humans on which we are working on. we have to read lots of literature to understand and build good practical knowledge. It’s important to note that I am not asking you to mug-up the theories, I am asking you to understand it, analyses it and be able to Execute it when needed.While working on patients be calm and controlled try to execute the ideal work style ( I know it not 100% possible but try to be close to it) if you know you will have particular patient in particular days ex- extractions in  oral surgery posting  then do your preparations. Find books on local anesthesia read the technique for blocks arrange a skull and mandible find some one good in that to demonstrate you the landmarks and technique. Try making mental map and imagine it in patients. Believe me if you are prepared you will be less anxious and more confident. Try to apply this in every department, if you know you have to treat patients be prepared for it. Never go empty head you will not get anything accept your frustration and scolding from your teachers.

Pattern of learning for Dentists- [ The Read, See and Do] formula

READ- your text before any Demonstration, don’t go blank for any demonstration.

SEE – Observe carefully with full concentration what your Teacher or Guide is demonstrating. Humans have amazing photographic memory use it.

DO- Try to execute it as soon as possible our memory is very volatile try not to rely on it. Doing soon means you retain most of the part of demonstration.

So now we know how it works and how it can be developed. First and foremost thing is your interest in dentistry. The person aspiring to become dentist should be self motivated and ready to accept this challenging field. This field require long period of Training, Patience, Hard work, Endurance and Dedications. (It’s important to note I have not written the word intelligence because I don’t think it’s need in starting because you will develop it by time if you have above mentioned qualities).

Its not important where you start its important where you end.


This article is not for those who want to achieve there goals by hook and crook or just want a degree.I am writing this article for those who want self improvement and want to achieve there goals by there work and prove themselves.This field is for tough people and hard workers don’t opt it if u don’t think you are one of them otherwise you will end up in frustration and failure and if you are dedicated then don’t worry because one day you will develop these qualities and achieve success.