What are the most common procedures general dentists perform during an average day in private practice? I've been thinking a lot lately about the push in many states to create programs to train "advanced dental hygiene practitioners" and what effect that may have on the productivity of dentists. Obviously this is not at the point where a hygienist would be able to independently open up shop next to a dentist and start filling cavities at half price, but I see it becoming a very real possibility down the road. How much of a general dentist's working day could be just as easily performed by someone with only a few years of additional training after high school? I realize that there are bound to be cases that are simply beyond the scope of a hygienist's training, but are they common enough to keep a general dentist financially afloat? Thanks.