dambae

10+ Year Member
Jan 15, 2008
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Hi everyone.

I am currently a new dental student and I honestly don't have any idea about what happens upon graduating dental school.

So from what I've heard, some people get hired by some dental companies, some people get hired by private dentists, or some go into residency programs.

so my questions are
(1) what are the pros and cons of working for a dental company or private dentists/going into residency programs?

(2)Is 4yrs of dental school experience and education enough to treat various patients and work for dental companies/private dentists without residency experience?

(3)what is the requirement(or what do i have to do) for implantology programs? Please explain what steps I have to go to learn implantology.I really have no idea what happens upon graducation, but do wanna learn implantology.:confused:

(4)Finally, I saw a couple of general dentists who do ortho treatments. Is there like a special ortho program like implantology programs? (Not the ortho specialty program). If there is, can you PLEASE explain about the program?

Thank you very much people. I'd appreciate a lot for your answers!!!
 

Mackchops

Toothy grin
15+ Year Member
Dec 9, 2003
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San Antonio
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Dentist
Hi everyone.

I am currently a new dental student and I honestly don't have any idea about what happens upon graduating dental school.

So from what I've heard, some people get hired by some dental companies, some people get hired by private dentists, or some go into residency programs.

so my questions are
(1) what are the pros and cons of working for a dental company or private dentists/going into residency programs?

Do a search on here - tons of info. My opinion though is you have to do what you think works best for you. I'm doing a residency and there are people who think I'm crazy. But there are people who are going straight out to practice and I think they're crazy! You have time to figure it out -- so use that time and figure it out!

(2)Is 4yrs of dental school experience and education enough to treat various patients and work for dental companies/private dentists without residency experience?

The state of New York doesn't think so. However, I am choosing some more experience under the "guidance" of a residency before being let loose because I think that's what will work best for me. Not because I think I'm "not ready" to go into private practice. See above. It's a personal choice.

(3)what is the requirement(or what do i have to do) for implantology programs? Please explain what steps I have to go to learn implantology.I really have no idea what happens upon graducation, but do wanna learn implantology.:confused:

Learn what you can in dental school and then figure out what you want to do with implants. Surgery? Restoration? Grafting? Research? Then figure out whether you want to do a residency, specialty, or if you want to be a GP and learn in CE -- like the Misch institute. But start by spending some time in the PG programs at your school (try perio and pros) to get a feel for what aspect of this giant field of "implantology" is attractive to you. Read some of the new literature. Ask and explore.

(4)Finally, I saw a couple of general dentists who do ortho treatments. Is there like a special ortho program like implantology programs? (Not the ortho specialty program). If there is, can you PLEASE explain about the program?

You can learn anything in CE over the weekends. Just because someone completes a specialty training program in orthodontics (or any specialty) doesn't mean that they get to avoid attending any CE for the rest of their careers! The specialty training is like a shot in the arm -- a loading dose of information that gives that dentist a foundation in both the literature and clinical sides of their chosen field. But a GP can certainly attain a level of learning and experience equal to or greater than a specialist if they attend enough CE -- it will just take a much longer time to get there. But I know a GP who only does endo and invisalign -- sounds like an odd combo but that's what he likes and that's what he focuses his practice AND his weekend learning on. You can do the same -- although you know that the ortho implants (TADs) aren't meant to integrate, right? Ortho and implants sounds like an odd combo...

Thank you very much people. I'd appreciate a lot for your answers!!!
A few thoughts. Hope it helps.