What do you want to be when you grow up? I've been asked this question many times since I was young. My reply was always rapid and quick from a teacher to a nurse to a tattoo artist. My answer changed as frequently as I changed my socks. This question, however, has slowly formulated to more serious questions. What are you majoring in? What kind of career are you going to have after you graduate college? These answers, unfortunately, I don't answer as rapidly or confidently. Discovering what I want to do with the rest of my life is an important and stressful decision. A career search is the perfect answer. I went on an investigation to help discover dentistry to a deeper level, answer some questions I had, and see the differences between careers as a dentist verses a dental hygienist.
[...] Kuster which career he thinks is better he stated that a career in dentistry and dental hygiene are both great. he replied “have such amazing opportunities, is stable, fun, and would make a great career.” After Dr. Kuster enlightened me about the school part of a career in dentistry; I decided it was time for me to talk with a dentist currently owning his own practice. Dr. Shawn Kralik welcomed me with a very welcoming and happy grin. He immediately was joking around and made the interview very comfortable. [...]
[...] Kuster expressed how much he loves pediatric dentistry and how great it is to specialize in one area. are able to learn more about that one specific type of dentistry and focus specifically on your patients and their specific needs.” According to the University of Nebraska Medical Center: College of Dentistry booklet he gave me, “there are nine different areas in which a dentist can specialize in. They include dental public health, endodontics, oral pathology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, oral and maxillofacial radiology, orthodontics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.” Dr. [...]
[...] CEREC is a new computer and program in which you can create, mill, and place a crown on a patient's tooth all in one appointment. It is so convenient because it cuts out extra appointments, temporary crowns, and lab time. After learning some interesting insights to a career in dentistry; I talked to a dental hygienist. I was aware of certain positives that obviously came with a career as a dentist such as better pay, more control in the dental office, and ability to perform many different types of procedures on patients. [...]
[...] Kuster gave me, I was given a lot of insights to careers in both dentistry and dental hygiene. The many different options in which you can specialize in are one thing I forget about many of times. As stated in the Program and Admissions Information: Dental Hygiene brochure I never realized all the different ways you can utilize a degree in dental hygiene. dental hygienist may work in such practice settings as: private dental offices and dental clinics, federal, state, and local health departments or associated institutions, hospitals and nursing homes, school districts or departments of education, educational programs for dental, dental hygiene, and dental assisting students, private business and industry, correctional facilities, private and public centers for pediatric, geriatric, and other individuals or groups with special needs, and health maintenance organizations.” I have seen a lot of the dental part of a dentist's job, but Dr. [...]
[...] Dentistry can be a lot of fun though as well.” He also stressed how important it is to get good grades in my science classes because that is what the college really looks at. Next we discussed the positives and negatives of owning your own dental office. Because I've worked in a dental office before I have experienced many of the everyday dental procedures, but didn't see a lot of the “behind the scenes” work. According to Dr. Shawn Kralik, “Owning my own dental office was definitely something I wanted to do with my degree. [...]
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