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do you detect cavities and present them to the dds to diagnose?

im still quite inexperienced at detecting cavities and im not sure how exactly i should present the pt when the dds comes for the pt exam.

What do you usually tell the dds prior to his exam? or do you just let him do his thiinggg?

I once tried to tell the dds the pt had 4 possible cavities for him to check. and he ended up with 9. hmmm… that was embarrasing. is it normal to not be on the same page with the dds in terms of cavity detection?



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I am sorry…I posted this in the wrong place. I work for a Doctor that appreciates when we see anything. I usually tell him that a particular area looks suspicious but I am not expected to find them all or focus on that. He mostly wants me to focus on presenting my tx plan. I do, however tell the pt what looks suspicious to me and that the doctor does the final diagnoses. Also, when he does the exam he likes to share his findings and show me the areas. I work for a doctor that loves to communicate and teach which I appreciate a lot.

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I’ve found that it depends on the doctor whether I point out “suspicious areas.” Some doctors appreciate it, while others want to diagnose all on there own. At my current office, I point out areas that I have noticed, but he doesn’t expect me to do his exam for him, he actually likes diagnosing. When I tell him I’m ready for an exam (either through our messaging system or face to face) I tell him which areas seem curious. Don’t be embarrassed that you only detected 4 areas and the doctor found 9. With time you will get better with detection. As long as you are actively learning, there’s nothing to be ashamed about. Also, don’t be afraid to ask the doctor if he/she even wants you to point things out. Then when he/she does find caries, when he/she is showing the patients on the radiographs, take a good look yourself. This is how you learn!

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