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New grad + dental temping

Hey guys, I graduated in May and got my license a few weeks ago. I’ve signed up with a dental temporary agency and its working out really well for me, they’ve sent me several jobs for the next few weeks for a day or two at a time. The agency knows I am a new grad, but I guess I am concerned that at some point, an office that I am temping at will ask me to do something that we learned in school, but only went over like 1 time; basically something that I am familiar with but not super comfortable with only because it was only briefly touched upon. Or like an xray that I only ever took on a “dummy head” and not on a person.

I’m sure the agency shares with them that I’m a new graduate, but how should I handle this when it arises. Should I ask for assistance, not do it, or tell them I am not really experienced with it and try to do my best(?). Obviously I will never learn if I don’t do it! Thank you for your advice!



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Like you said, the only way to learn is by practice and actually doing things. I would just give it a go. If you are struggling after trying, ask for help, but do try on your own. It’s like hygiene school, many of the things you did you weren’t perfect at first try, but the more you did them, the better you got. Have confidence in yourself!

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Kara gave a great response. Try it first! If it’s something like an xray, practice make perfect! I haven’t done sealants since school bc Ive always worked for a DDS that wants to do them himself so I just say hey, that’s not my strong suit and I care that the patient gets quality care. Simple. If you are really nervous say that or just give it a go! Worst case scenario you retake an xray, ask for help, or get a DDS to adjust a sealant.

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