Well it’s 11-12-13 today, there was snow on the ground when I woke up and I am coming down with a sore throat. Dental school is now within the last 6 months. I have been working on finishing CODA competencies and finding patients for MOCK NERBs in December, put on by UDM faculty, and actual NERBs coming in March. I am starting to feel more comfortable treating patients in a variety of ways. I always enjoy how fast the day goes by when I am treating 3 patients a day three days a week and 2 patients a day for two days a week. Today I completed a prefabricated post and Amalgabond core on a new patient of mine. Much more phase 2 dentistry is coming to my patients in the near future and I am excited to be treating patients like a ‘real’ dentist.
I’ve heard from many people, including Dean Aksu, that feeling more comfortable and confident treating patients usually begins to gel around late fall to early winter your senior year. I am feeling on track and am enjoying the progress with my patients. The most important part of a dental school is the teachers and Detroit Mercy Dental has many doctors that bring over 40 years of real world experience in private practice and dental education. It is particularly great seeing patients at University Health Service in the Detroit Medical Center half the week. They have a streamlined clinic and a wonderful support staff. I am reaching the end of Phase I & II dentistry with many of my patients. Hopefully next semester will be a little less stressful so I can enjoy my family more.
Well Fall semester of my final year of dental school is finally here! Only 8 months to go. Last weekend I spoke with my wife’s cousin and future partner about when he would send a letter out to his patients telling them about his new associate, me. That being said, there are a lot of things to do before then. Two weeks ago, I took my written NBDE Part II and NERB exams. I should have my results back within 1-2 weeks so my fingers are crossed. Last week I worked with an oral surgeon to place 2 implants in the mandible for one of my patients. Now, we just wait for osseointegration and will restore with prefabricated abutments and Porcelain Fused to Metal crowns in January. My confidence in performing dental procedures is growing and I always enjoy talking to my patients. I couldn’t be happier to have switched careers from engineering to dentistry!
Happy Mid July. That means 2 more weeks before the coveted longest break of the year…3 week summer break. I am proud to have delivered a set of complete dentures to my loyal patient who was pleased. I have many partial and complete dentures in the pipeline that should begin in the Fall semester. My implant case has been slowed due to insurance issues, namely, I was naive and didn’t check to see if implants were included in the rather large deductible, and they weren’t. So we are going to proceed 2 at a time. I am planning on taking part 2 of the NBDE board exams over August break. It was nice to talk to a recent grad about his experiences working as a private dentist and him reassuring that there is light at the end of this tunnel. With that said, my patient is here, so I am going to get back to it. Enjoy the rest of your summer.
4th year of dental school is flying by as we are treating patients all day every day. This has forced us to work faster to get more done in less time…exactly what we will need to do in private practice. I finally have a surgery date set for July 11, 2013 to work alongside an oral surgeon to place 6 implants in one of my favorite patients. It has been great taking the case from an initial oral diagnosis, to treatment planning 6 implants all with single crown on abutments, instead of upper and lower removable partial dentures that the patient was expecting, to making the surgical stents myself. If all goes well, I will get to place some of the mandibular implants myself. Additionally, I have about 11 new patients in my patient pool at Detroit Receiving Hospital and our main Corktown campus. We also have additional rotations at nursing homes and childcare centers in the Detroit metro area. All this means that the semester is flying by at light speed and it is bringing tons of knowledge about dentistry. I couldn’t be loving it more.
Hello from the DS4 side of the clinic. My son Jude was born May 3, 2013 so please pardon my tardiness on this post. 4th year began last week and it does feel good to be within a year from graduation. I am scheduled to be in the Emergency Clinic tomorrow and it has me reminiscing about my first day in clinic ever last year in emergency. Actually, my first patient ever, vomited into a garbage can that I handed him while in the chair. So I am not jealous of the third years entering clinic, but there is still a lot of work ahead of me. I have 4 denture cases going on simultaneously and am getting used to seeing patients at the Detroit Medical Center half of the days of the week. I have a lot of “problems” in my life, but they are all good problems. I am really looking forward to all the experiences that are upcoming this year with rotations and the many phase II dental procedures that I will be treating for my patients. It will definitely be an exciting year. Go Wings in Game 7 against the Blackhawks!
Well last month brought me a gift from God. Namely a wonderful and dedicated patient that decided to come down to our dental clinic after his former hygienist told him that he was a good learning case for a dental student. Come to find out he has great dental insurance to boot. So instead of a removable partial denture over a removable partial denture, I treatment planned six single implants to be restored with abutments and PFM Crowns. Today I finished fabricating two surgical stents working in conjunction with a Prosthodontist and Oral Surgeon. The whole process has been a great learning experience and I look forward to placing 3 implants myself after watching him place the first 3. But first, I must read up on implant surgery, particularly bone graft placement, and raising papilla sparing full thickness surgical gingival flaps. Until next time.
Well another week begins here in early April. The fourth year dental students are getting excited to finish up their requirements, the third year dental students (at least myself) are itching to move up another rung on “the ladder”, and the second years are anxiously awaiting their time in the clinic. My wife and I have been “nesting” all weekend getting our house ready for my son, still due April 30. In the meantime, I have enjoyed my alma mater, the University of Michigan, basketball team making the final game of the NCAA tournament, the Detroit Tigers beating the NY Yankees on the home opener, and a University of Detroit Mercy basketball player winning the dunk contest. All this on top of the usual tasks of finishing up a semester in dental school including papers, exams, and clinical requirements.
Well Spring is officially here. Spring break is officially over. The snow was blowing hard this morning and the cars were driving slow. After a great week hanging out with my 18 month old daughter, it is now time to hit classes and clinic hard to finish up exams and 3rd year requirements before summer semester hits and we become 4th years! The week before break, the current 4th years took their NERB exams with Class II and III restorations and scaling and root planing. I am happy to say that I provided 3 of my patients that the 4th years used for their exam. I can now only hope that a little old fashioned karma will send some patients my way for my NERB exam next year.
Mid March is feeling good with Spring Break starting on the Ides of March. Tomorrow begins my first complete denture over removable partial denture case. It is nice to fabricate a set of dentures for someone who has actually been wearing her dentures for 30 years. The faculty has been great assisting and guiding me in the design of partial dentures for multiple patients. I am excited to get a few dentures under my belt as I have heard more dentures will come our way this summer when we begin treating patients at the University Health Center in the Detroit Medical Center. I will be delivering my second occlusal bite guard to my last patient before break this Thursday. He is a 79 year old man that is interested in getting implants…but that will be another blog.