dentist, health

How to build clinical dexterity in Dentistry


Being a Dentist we are bit different from other health professionals. We treat the patients by working actively inside there mouth. We need superior manual dexterity then most of the other health professionals.

Consider average mouth opening of a person- Not more then four fingers wide and what about the Visibility and Accessibility to 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 miracles…… and yes we are doing miracles.

Dentist has to perform detailed, meticulous procedures on a minute scale. Margin of error is in micro fractions, our instruments are sharp and invasive, and a blink of an eye or loss of concentration will result in damage of vital tissue which is unacceptable.

Hmmm… I think its enough of self praising!!

So what the hell is this so called “Good practical hand“???

It can be called as clinical dexterity in proper terms, I am going to use this term in whole article.

Let me define Dexterity- skill in performing task especially with hands.

The abilities which involve the use of hands develop over time, starting with primitive gestures such as grabbing at objects to more precise activities that involve precise eye–hand coordination. Fine motor skills are skills that involve a refined use of the small muscles controlling 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.

Motor skill is a learned sequence of movements that combine to produce a smooth, efficient action in order to master a particular task like doing dental procedures

  • 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
  • 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.

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.

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. its …


Career Opportunities in Dentistry

If we’re going to discuss about career opportunities in dentistry, our first item of course will be the general practitioner or the dentist. Your work as a general practitioner mainly involves the following:

  1. The removal of dental caries or decay from the teeth and filling up of the cavities;
  2. Tooth extraction which includes the administration of anesthetics
  3. Application of teeth sealants
  4. Treatment of gum diseases by performing gum and bone surgery which includes examination of x-ray results
  5. Take teeth impressions used as model for dentures to replace the extracted teeth
  6. Straighten teeth through prescription braces
  7. Prescribe medication when and where necessary.

However as a general practitioner, you have to specialize in any of the dental specialty education recognized by the American Dental Association (ADA) before you can perform other more complex dental services; and of course to earn higher dental income. One of the most common of this specialization is the orthodontist, considered as the highest paid of all dentists.    

What is an Orthodontist?

This is the general practitioner who furthered his studies in dentistry and became a specialist in correcting or preventing misaligned teeth and jaws. The term misaligned includes cross bites, open bites, over and under bites and many more.  The orthodontist makes a diagnosis for the treatment by taking an x-ray and taking a mold of the patient’s bite to determine the specific alignment of their teeth.

In high society places, the orthodontist is more commonly known as the cosmetic dental surgeon. They can be so highly in demand if the outcome of their dental works turns out fine since they will be endorsed among other members of the society which includes celebrities and movie stars. Hence they earn the prestige of being the highest paid in the dentistry profession.

Educational Requirements for Dentists

There are about 56 dental schools in the U.S. accredited by the American Dental Association where one can attend to become a dentist. To become accepted in any of these schools you should have at least two years of pre-dental education aside from a Bachelor’s degree in any science related subjects. However, you still have to pass the Dental Admission Test required by all dental schools as a pre-requisite for admission. Prior to being recognized as a dental graduate, all future dentists are required to achieve a certain degree of skill in various training or drill in order to graduate and become an accredited dentist.

After finishing the dentistry course, you still have to pass the licensure exam of a particular state in which you will practice your dentistry profession. Each state has its own licensing agency hence the written and practical exam will differ from state to state. Once you pass, you will become qualified to take and pass the National Board Dental Examinations as the final completion of your state licensing requirement. Passing all these licensure exams will now elevate you to the status of being a Licensed Dental Practitioner.

Job Outlook for Dentists:

US statistics show that out of …