When you join a practice as an associate, don’t be surprised to find the supervising doctor placing limits on the types of clinical procedures you can perform early on. This is a sensible move and you would be wise to embrace it. The fact is, the hiring doctor has not seen your clinical skills in action. S/he needs to assess your clinical abilities, particularly if you are a recent graduate from dental school. This is an excellent opportunity for you to learn and grow as a practicing dentist.
It’s understandable that the hiring doctor wants to ensure that a new doctor treating his patient base is well prepared. After all, the hiring doctor likely has a long and valuable history with his/her patients. Understandably, s/he wants to ensure that they will be cared for in the manner to which they’ve become accustomed.
Additionally, it will serve you well as a new hire to work with an experienced dental assistant. In addition to her/his clinical background, an experienced assistant likely has worked within the practice for some time, and knows the patients. S/he can be an excellent resource in helping you quickly build rapport with patients. Moreover, experienced assistants can be a wellspring of information with regard to proper record keeping ensuring and that you follow the established protocols in your new office.