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Learn a New Instrument??!

I am a recent graduate who has just begun per-diem employment at a wonderful office. I offered to bring in my kits from school to use, because I am so familiar with them and they are like new, so why not! The dentist told me that there was no need and they would supply everything that I would need while I practice there. Upon looking at some of the hygiene set ups, they include instruments I’ve never seen or heard of in hygiene school. I’m absolutely willing to learn new things, however I do not want to sound like I do not know something that I should know, or be uncomfortable when I start to see patients. What is your best advice for learning about these set-ups without sounding uneducated?! Believe me, instrument design/use was beat into my mind in school, I’m just not familiar with a few of the instruments in the kit that are NOT Gracey’s or some type of universal.

Thanks!



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I used a 4R/4L a lot in school but once I started working, they had a Barnhart 5/6 instead. At first I didn’t know what to do but now I like it much better! Give the new ones a try, see what works for you!

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I have tended to use the same instruments I am familiar with since school..(28 years) and have been fortunate to choose what ever I wanted. I am sure though there are instruments I would not know, put the names of the instruments or the numbers on your question to see if those out here have used them and how.

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Give the new ones a try, you may be surprised at how they work. Maybe you could take some of yours for backup. My instrument lineup has changed a lot over the years.

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Honestly I would ask my boss and not feel bad about it because thats the reason we call it “a practice” New gadgets come out every day and no one knows it all. If your boss ordered it he must have been told this is what hygienist like or its what he likes. I believe starting with an open working relationship is key and the patients will be happier with you using the correct working end:)

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Google the brand and numbers on the instruments and research how to use them.
You can still use your instruments if you want once you’ve been there for a few months and they trust you more and you trust them more and you feel more comfortable telling them you’d still like to use the instruments you paid so much for and still use their instruments.

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