When I visit dental offices I can tell a lot about how efficient a dentist is just by the sound of how they work.

If I hear the handpiece running continuously (which is very rare) I know the dentist is efficient — they get it done. The drilling time for a crown preparation is typically less than 5 minutes.

If I hear the handpiece starting and stopping continuously then I know that they are slow. Many dentists use the handpiece like they are a little bird just pecking at the tooth.

Dit – dit – dit – dit – dit – dit.

When a dentist works in this manner the drilling time for a crown preparation can be 30 minutes or more.

If you want to become more efficient in how you work here is a good discipline to try: Lift your foot off the pedal as seldom as possible.

Keep the handpiece running and keep the bur on the tooth.

At first doing this may seem way too fast, but with practice it becomes natural and easy. You will start to think ahead of the bur if you do this — planning your next cut as you are completing the last one.

The same suggestion applies with an ultrasonic scaler. Keep the foot on the pedal and the scaler tip on the tooth.

Seriously. You don't need to stop every 2 seconds to admire your work.

Just get on with it!


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