Dentistry means more than just filling cavities all day. Part of what makes it so great to be a dentist is that every day and every case is different. Throughout your career, you will grow not only in competence and confidence, but your scope of practice will likely expand. From accessing new and emerging techniques and technology to completing dentist continuing education courses, you will expand the variety and depth of your knowledge over time.
However, the speed of that development and your confidence in those new skills will have a lot to do with where you work. That’s why Community Dental Partners makes it central to our culture to invest in helping new dentists grow.
The Importance of Dentist Continuing Education Courses
Continuing Education is an integral part of maintaining an active license to practice dentistry. The exact requirements for how many hours of continuing education credits you will have to complete, and how often, will vary depending on where you live. Idaho, for example, requires dentists to complete fifteen credit hours of continuing education every year. South Dakota, however, requires one hundred hours every five years.
Texas falls about in the middle of the pack with a requirement of twenty-four credits every two years. Fortunately for members of the CDP team, our organization provides 12 CE credits per year in business and clinical subjects, as well as SPEAR Online, a self-serve, 24-hour access system which allows dentists to dive into different supplementary procedures and expand their skill set at their convenience.
On top of dentist continuing education courses, CDP also helps our team members access training for level 2 oral conscious sedation. We even pay for the initial costs to access this training and get certified!
Practice Makes Perfect
Finding a job but not having enough patients is a common trap for new dentists. They may find their development stagnating when they’re starting out. It’s essential for your growth to have enough patients to give you ample opportunities to hone your skills and techniques.
Our doctors get a great mixture of every aspect of dentistry. Depending on your preferences, you may feel more drawn to one of our practices than another. We offer two main practice branches. First, there’s Smile Magic, a family dental practice specializing in pediatric care. Then there’s Family Smiles, which is more oriented toward adult care.
Regardless of the practice, you’ll have plenty of patients! New doctors typically complete about 1,000 fillings, 1,000 stainless steel crowns, and 100 root canal therapies per year. We find that this volume allows for improved efficiency and confidence right out of school.
It’s not just about volume or repetition, though. New dentists may struggle to connect with patients because they’re focused on technique and may still feel nervous about their skills. As you feel more confident and procedures become routine, you’ll be able to focus on your patient’s experience and truly connect with them.
Our practices with more adult patients offer great variety. Doctors in these practices will perform the usual restorative work, and will also get to create partials and dentures, work on perio cases, and restore implants. While oral surgeons currently place implants, we plan to incorporate implant placement procedures for general dentists into our practices soon!
Smile Magic dentists will be able to perfect complete pediatric care, including level 2 oral conscious sedation and root canal therapy. Getting to this level is rigorous and includes a lot of training and mentorship. We’ll be by your side, helping you become the best dentist you can be!
Mentorship Makes the Difference
All the practice in the world won’t do you much good without constructive feedback and ongoing guidance. Too many practices throw new dentists to the wolves and trust a sink-or-swim approach to hiring. Setting up new dentists for failure is no way to help you grow and develop as a caregiver. That’s why CDP partners incoming dentists with experienced mentors who are passionate about helping new doctors grow.
From day one, you’ll be given every opportunity to make a seamless transition into our team with complete support every step of the way. From shadowing and observation days to community outreach opportunities, training, and case studies, we will help you navigate the intimidating process of going from student to doctor.
Many CDP dentists feel like they surpass their own expectations and grow beyond what they thought themselves capable of. Finding true confidence and trust in yourself as a doctor is key to a long and fulfilling career. The CDP team is here to invest in you!
Mentors will work by your side, answering questions and giving valuable feedback to hone your skills from the start. That way, when you join your practice, you’ll be spared much of the first-day anxiety so many new dentists experience.
Our process for bringing you onto our team involves a ten-week program, including humanitarian outreach and training modules. Then, you will attend orientation to learn how CDP will support you. Before you head to your practice, you will have the opportunity to shadow and observe our mentor doctors in action. This is when you’ll truly learn the essentials of treatment planning and how to help your patients feel great about partnering with you for their oral health. Then it will be your chance to get your gloves on and make the whole world smile!
But we’re not done yet! Your opportunities for growth only continue from there with sedation case studies. Your mentor and our entire support team will continue to be available to you to help you clear any hurdles that may come up along the way.
Asking for help is the first step toward getting the support you need to be your best self. Throughout your time with Community Dental Partners, we always encourage our dentists to ask for support when they need it. We want you to feel comfortable reaching out as soon as you need support. That’s why we team every incoming dentist with a mentor.
Mentorship is key to the CDP mission. Your capacity to care for your patients is the foundation for what will make you a great dentist. We believe in cultivating the talents each new dentist can bring and will support you along your journey. Schedule a call with one of our recruiting managers today to see how much better your dental life could be with support and mentorship lifting you up!