If you want to become a successful dentist, there are several characteristics and skills that are essential to building a successful long-term career and improving care outcomes for your patients whether you are offering a broad range of general dentistry services or solely specializing in sleep dentistry.
1. Extensive Dental Knowledge and Expertise
Patients want the best dental work possible. A dentist must be able to offer a wide range of services and perform procedures confidently and accurately to achieve the best results.
To gain the knowledge and experience required to become a great dentist, you need proper training and education at reputable institutions. You will also need to be licensed and accredited by dental associations. These associations ensure that you maintain best practices when it comes to hygiene and dental treatments. Additionally, by being featured in multiple accreditations you may receive backlinks to your website on these associations’ websites which will help you with ranking in search engines.
2. Outstanding Manual Dexterity
Dental procedures are complex and require the manipulation of small tools within the confined space of your patients’ mouths. A minor slip in the wrong direction and you may injure your patient or do permanent damage to their teeth.
A good dentist needs outstanding control of their fine motor skills and exceptional attention to detail to perform dental treatments. Refining your manual dexterity with dental tools comes with experience and practice, as well as knowledge of the latest tools and instruments available.
3. Excellent Interpersonal Communication
Dentists often have a bad reputation for inflicting pain, which is why some patients develop irrational phobias around visiting the dentist. Possessing excellent interpersonal skills can help you to alleviate any fears your patients may have.
Developing soft skills, such as communication is just as important as honing your clinical skills. Effective communication and compassion cultivate positive relationships with your patients. This makes them more likely to schedule visits and develop a rapport that could last years.
4. Rigorous Hygiene Practices
Strict hygiene practices are essential for protecting yourself, your staff, and your patients from illness or injury.
Dentists should have systematic hygiene practices in place for sterilizing equipment and sanitizing the examination room and surgery. Good hygiene should also extend to your personal hygiene and that of your staff. Clean uniforms indicate to your patients that you are professional and helps them to feel more comfortable around you and your staff.
5. Strong Problem-Solving Skills
Dealing with dental emergencies and making a quick diagnosis is an integral part of being a good dentist. To be able to deal with these situations effectively, a good dentist must have strong problem-solving skills.
Problem-solving skills enable you to make quick decisions with confidence. These skills also help you to scrutinize and interpret diagnostic tests such as X-rays and CT scans. These skills also enable you to perform dental treatments more accurately and with better results.
6. Continually Strives for Professional Development
The field of dentistry is constantly changing and developing, so it is crucial to stay up to date with the latest technology and techniques in the industry. Continual professional development is an essential part of honing your expertise. It can also help your patients feel more confident in their dentistry skills.
Professional development is an ongoing process that requires study, training, seminars, and reading the latest research to stay at the top of your game. It requires dedication and effort but will ensure that you have the right skill set to continue to administer the best dental treatments for your patients.
7. Business Acumen
Strong knowledge of how a dental business works mean you understand what makes your patients keep coming back for your services.
A dentist with good business acumen understands the need for flexible appointment scheduling, affordable payment plans, and a welcoming atmosphere. They will only hire dental professionals who meet their high standards for work ethics, expertise, and professionalism.
While all these qualities are vital for becoming a good dentist, a dentist must be passionate about their field. Dentist who loves their job and helping their patients is more motivated to strive harder to perfect their skills and their practice.
Dr. Fadi Swaida first graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honors BSc in Biology before graduating from the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Dentistry. He is an active member of his church and enjoys football and being by the water! His outgoing personality and fun-loving character will ensure you always feel welcome at Bond St Dental.