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A Day in the Life - Apprentice Dental Nurse Kia


Going from hairdresser to dental nurse

I have now completed 6 months of my dental nursing training, after making the decision to change my career from hairdressing. My role at Shine Dental Care in Mansfield is different to what I was used to, but I enjoy learning all the new skills and knowledge from the team.

Being an apprentice dental nurse means I go to college every fortnight where I learn the theory side of the role. We learn all sorts, from tooth and facial anatomy, to radiography. Every day I learn something new and have the full support of the team at Shine – who make me feel at ease and answer any questions I have.

There is more to dental nursing than it seems, it involves organisation and thinking ahead, before the dentist even realises what materials or instruments they need next. We all help each other in any way we can, setting up for big treatments or helping with the shutdown of the surgeries at the end of the day.

At Shine Dental Care I have seen another side to dentistry, there are so many different treatment types available and for everyone’s dental needs. One of the most popular treatments are dental implants. It is such an intricate procedure, I find them fascinating to watch and to nurse for. A lot of hard work and preparation is required for dental implants in order to provide the desired result.

Invisalign is also a popular treatment, it’s great to see the end result and how happy each patient is with their new smile. A treatment I had never heard of before my apprenticeship was Cerec ‘same day crowns’. This is when a crown or inlay is made in one visit using a 3D scanning software and a milling machine. A block of porcelain is turned into a bespoke tooth restoration, which means patients don’t have to return for multiple appointments for the same tooth.

I am enjoying my time at Shine Dental Care, I feel that I made the right choice with my career and look forward to becoming a qualified dental nurse.

If you would like to know more about the treatments available at Shine Dental Care, please contact us on 01623 629 391.

Alternatively, you can visit Shine Dental Care, Sandlands Court, Forest Town, Mansfield, Notts. NG19 0GG (Near ASDA)

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