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Gracey Time Efficient Help

Hi, I am recently out of school and just started a new job. The cassette only has a Gracey 11/12 and 13/14 for posterior teeth – I have asked if they have any Universals, which they do not. I realized that by only using the Gracey’s, it is a very slow process and I am running behind due to this. Do you have any suggestions/tips when using the Graceys to be more time efficient? I am doing all mesial surfaces, then going and doing all distal surfaces towards me at 8-9 o’clock then at 11-12 o’clock. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!

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Personally, I would do the same thing you are already doing: mesials all at once then distals. That’s the most efficient way I can think of to move chair positions and change instruments the least to save time. Do you happen to have any universals from your instruments from hygiene school that you can bring in to show how much quicker and efficient you can be by using them? Time is money especially in a dental office, so make your case to who ever allows the purchase of instruments!
The other thing I wonder is if you are getting enough time per appointment in the first place? A great office will provide you with the equipment, instruments, and the time you need to do your job properly and provide the best care for your patients. Is this office allowing these things? Just some things to think about!

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