An apprentice is someone who decides to learn a skill or set of skills by undergoing a specific paid period of training. Now that a definition has been established, dental apprenticeship involves learning a skill within the various aspects of dentistry without necessarily obtaining a university degree on a full time basis. Sounds interesting, doesn't it? You can take a glimpse into and explore the world of oral medicine. Starting up as an apprentice enables you learn and earn at the same time and I must let you know that dentistry is both rewarding and lucrative.Advantages
As a trainee in dental nursing, you will work directly with the dentist and the patients. You will learn and perform the following duties:
-the use of dental equipment -patient communication skill -how to react in medical emergencies -prevention of diseases -patient care - oral anatomy - personal management and developmentDental laboratory assistant
Here, you work closely with the dental technician who guides you into: (i) learning the basics of producing dental aids such as bridges, dentures, braces and mouth guards (ii) repair of dental aids and equipment (iii) carrying out radiography proceduresDental technician
This is an upgrade of being a dental laboratory assistant. You take up more senior roles and get more insights into the mechanics and technicalities of dental equipment.Dental practice manager
This has more to do with human resource management than clinical procedures. In this aspect of dentistry, you will learn skills such as:
-human resource and human management -clinical terms and roles of staff within the dental practice -marketing -finance -risk management -quality assurance
So you see, whatever skill you decide to learn in the world of dentistry, there is always a space for you to fit into and upgrade yourself in oral medicine.