Q: I am a middle school student and am interested in a career in dentistry, but since I have no fillings and have not had braces I have no idea what you do. What is a typical day in your kind of practice?
A: Ok kid, here is yesterday’s day in the life of a dentist, minute by minute. If you want to see me live, Uber over (or skateboard over) to my live, FREE seminar to the public on December 8th; details below.
A Day in the Life of a Dentist
- 7:30 AM: Woke up after dreaming that I was still in dental school and am totally unprepared for an exam while riding a camel and eating a knish. (Potato; not kasha.) Bizarre, I know, you can’t get a knish in Florida; the camel I’m not sure.
- 8:45 AM: Staff morning huddle. I belched without notice, twice.
- 9:00 AM: Crown on #13. Numbed with computer controlled syringe, Dental Vibe and Vibraject which gives a comfortable shot. Quiet electric drill and laser removed decay and shaped the tooth, followed by a No-Goop, 3D digital impressions scan with iTero Element. Plastic temporary cemented on tooth.
- 10:00 AM: Fixed loose implant crown by locating small screw with magnifying glass and removing crown of its foundation, the abutment. This enabled us to digitally scan the top of the implant at the gum line to make a new crown and abutment support, saving the implant.
- 11:00 AM: Botox for Mrs. Josephs; my mom, not my wife. (No charge). Her forehead was looking like a Shar Pei.
- 11:30 AM: Consult: Patient needs to remove failing permanent bridge that rotted underneath; will need two implants and a permanent porcelain bridge. Digital x-rays taken to measure bone height.
- 1:00 PM: Lunch. I had the turkey burger, Surfside Diner. You?
- 2:15 PM: Performed the No-Cut method of placing four implants on a retired dentist. No scalpel, no stitches, no kidding. In four months we will scan the four implants, followed by installing four crowns three weeks later.
- 3:15 PM: Installed 10 lower porcelain laminate veneers on a male patient who had very crooked, short and worn down teeth and wanted to skip braces. (Uppers were put in last month.) Check out the “veneer gallery” on our website for tons of veneer cases.
- 5:00 PM: Summoned my camel and, trotted home.
Dr. Mitchell Josephs practices Implant, Cosmetic and General Dentistry with an emphasis on implants, porcelain veneers, and complex crown and bridge treatment. He is on staff at JFK Medical Center and is a Faculty Advisory Board member at McGill University’s Faculty of Dentistry. He completed his residency at Manhattan’s Beth Israel Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Hospital.