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Dental Internship AT Pasui Family Dentistry : 

Dental Internship AT Pasui Family Dentistry Rebecca Triplett Fall 2010, Clemson University

Dental Internship at Pasui Family Dentistry : 

Dental Internship at Pasui Family Dentistry This fall, I was given the opportunity to complete an internship through the Health 420 course in the Public Health Sciences major. I spent my 180 hour internship at Pasui Family Dentistry, and I could not be more grateful for having received this chance; I got to do and learn so many new things while I was there.

Pasui Family Dentistry : 

Pasui Family Dentistry Pasui Family Dentistry is a dental office located in Easley, SC (along Highway 153) that offers general, family, and cosmetic dental services. They offer a range of services and procedures, from preventative care to dentures to teeth whitening.

Mission Statement: General Philosophy : 

Mission Statement: General Philosophy “Dr. Pasui and staff have an uncompromising commitment to placing the patient first. This principle guides the formulation and execution of all procedures and conduct, whether administrative or clinical. Our goal is to provide the highest quality dental services to patients while maintaining an environment that fosters the professional and personal growth of our individual staff members. At Pasui Dentistry we know that building a good patient-provider relationship is essential to your satisfaction with our practice. Every staff member is dedicated to maintaining that good relationship every time we interact with you.”

Mission Statement: Clinical and Administrative Philosophies : 

Mission Statement: Clinical and Administrative Philosophies CLINICAL PHILOSOPHY: “ The clinical staff is dedicated to providing the most current operative care in order to resolve your oral and maxillofacial problems. We administer all treatment in a caring, safe environment where patient needs and desires are given our undivided attention. We are dedicated to the complete clinical management of each patient during every phase of your visit with us. Fees for services rendered allow us to maintain our ability to provide the best care possible; however, we will manage trauma, pain, and infection as a priority and work with you an in equitable manner to fulfill your financial obligations.” ADMINISTRATIVE PHILOSOPHY: “The administrative staff is an essential component of a successful practice. By maintaining a smoothly functioning business office, the administrative staff makes it possible for the clinical staff to provide seamless dental care. The administrative department is dedicated to providing patients with expedient, courteous service. Additionally, they work very hard to help patients maximize their insurance benefits. The administrative department is also committed to properly scheduling patients in a manner that provides maximum convenience and minimal waiting time for patients.”

The Office : 

The Office The dental office is very new, having been only finished in January of 2010 (previously they were located in an office across the street). There is a large waiting room, front desk, sterilization area, and lab, in addition to the 7 surgical rooms and 5 hygiene rooms. The office also boasts a second floor, where a stockroom and break area are located.

The Staff : 

The Staff The office is maintained by a staff of 17: 2 Dentists (Dr. Pasui is full time, while Dr. Suber is at the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays) 4 Assistants 6 Hygienists 5 Front office staff

My Role : 

My Role While interning at Pasui Family Dentistry, I had a lot of different jobs and roles, in addition to the shadowing and observing I did. My main tasks involved working in the backroom, ensuring that all instruments were sterilized, all the rooms were cleaned and stocked, and that patients got seated and set up in a timely fashion. I also was able to do basic assisting for some dental procedures.

A Day in the Life… : 

A Day in the Life… Because I had many different tasks, it’s easiest to summarize them as I go through a typical day for me at Pasui Family Dentistry…

A Day in the Life… Cold Sterile : 

A Day in the Life… Cold Sterile I start every morning by arriving at the office at 8 o’ clock, when they start seeing patients. The first thing I do is empty the cold sterile, a container filled with a liquid chemical germicide, where heat-sensitive instruments have been sitting overnight in order to be sterilized. Wearing thick gloves to protect myself from the harsh chemicals, I remove the instruments and tools, rinse and dry them off, then put them in the proper drawer.

A Day in the Life… Pulling Cases : 

A Day in the Life… Pulling Cases The next thing I do is print the schedule for the next day. On the schedule, each patient is color-coded and labeled for whatever procedure they are coming in for. Certain patients come in to try on their new partials, bridges, crowns, or dentures. These are located in cases on shelves along the wall. Each section of shelves has a different label. There are four different sections: Crowns and Bridges In (meaning they have arrived and are ready for the patient), Crowns and Bridges Out (meaning that these are still waiting to be sent out to the lab to be made) Partials and Dentures In, and Partials and Dentures Out. Also along the wall are two shelves, one labeled “Lab Cases For Today,” and the other labeled “Lab Cases For Tomorrow.” My job is to highlight the patient, find their case, and pull it to put it on the “Lab Cases For Tomorrow” shelf. This not only makes the process quicker for when the patient arrives, but it also ensures that each patient will have their case when they arrive so that there are no issues. If a case that needs to be pulled is still on the “Out” shelf, I take it down, mark it on the schedule, and leave it in the lab with a note saying to call the people in charge of creating the piece to make sure that it will be there by the time the patient comes for his or her appointment.

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Printing off the schedule Highlighting the patients who have cases The case wall. The cases are also color-coded based on their contents and the dentist. Using my printed schedule to find and pull the proper cases, which will go on the “Tomorrow” shelf. Leaving a note for a case whose partial hasn’t arrived.

A Day in the Life… : 

A Day in the Life… After my first tasks, my day is less structured, because it is based on patient flow and the procedures that we’re doing. I usually have to bring patients back and set them up. After a patient leaves, I clean up and prepare the room for the next procedure. I often refill the disinfecting wipes used to clean rooms and certain equipment. Sometimes I’ll stop in and shadow a dentist on a procedure like an extraction. If we’re running low on supplies, I head up to the stockroom. Sterilization of instruments is a huge part of my day. I help the hygienists by making new-patient bags for them to give out. I often aid the assistants by helping them to enter patient notes and edit charts.

Internship Project OneMaking a Bleach Splint : 

Internship Project OneMaking a Bleach Splint For my internship, I also had to create a series of projects showcasing what I had learned and done. For my first project, I decided to learn how to make a bleach splint, which is used to hold a bleaching agent against a person’s teeth to whiten the teeth. This process involved two major steps: the first being to take an impression and make a model. The second step involved using lab equipment to actually make the tray itself.

Internship Project TwoLearning How to do an Extraction : 

Internship Project TwoLearning How to do an Extraction My second project involved learning how to do an extraction. I started from the beginning, learning how to look at a patient’s x-rays to identify the tooth, see why it needed to be pulled, and see if there could be any complications. I learned the process by which the tooth is removed, including all the different instruments and techniques that are needed.

Internship Project ThreeSterilization : 

Internship Project ThreeSterilization Since so much of my time was spent sterilizing equipment, my third project centralizes around sterilization. I go through each step of the sterilization process (starting at the ultrasonic and ending at the instruments going into their correct places), explaining what I’m doing, why, and what is happening at that stage.

Internship Mini ProjectsCleaning a Room, Cleaning an Autoclave, and Tools of the Trade : 

Internship Mini ProjectsCleaning a Room, Cleaning an Autoclave, and Tools of the Trade In addition to my larger three projects, I also decided to do three smaller “mini-projects.” My first mini-project details the process by which I cleaned a room, something I did very often at the office. My second project involves the weekly maintenance of an autoclave, because they are very important to equipment sterilization. My third mini-project involves me learning the names and uses of the different tools and instruments used by the dentist.

My Internship Experience : 

My Internship Experience My experience at Pasui Family Dentistry was thoroughly enjoyable. I was able to work with an amazing staff in an amazing office, and I learned so many new things. One point of this internship was to help me determine whether or not dentistry really was a correct path for me, and the experience did everything to show me that I am going in the right direction—I could definitely see myself doing this in the future. In fact, I enjoyed my experience so much that when I was given the opportunity to stay on as a member of the staff, I accepted in a heartbeat, and will continue to work there in the spring!