You would think that the dentist was some kind of an engineer or mechanic. You may as well regard him as such. Because in his practice, this is not one where every treatment administration can be conducted on intuition and experience alone. This is not a health services business in which the medical practitioner only needs to use his hands and write out a scrip. No, this is a practice whereby the dentist needs his tools, both handheld and powered.
Powered tools in his surgery are now digital as well as laser-driven. But no matter what, from conducting a diagnosis to extracting a loose tooth, the seasoned dentist may still prefer to use his trusty scalpel. And in fact, as it is appropriate to the patient’s condition, this may still be necessary. But what should happen when the dentist loses the use of his hands, in this case, read; his dental handpieces without which he would prefer not to be a day without.
Would his practice simply fold? And what would happen to all his patients? Would they all be left in the lurch, all grimacing with pain. Would the disgruntled patient simply up and go, request his file and move on to the next practice, fingers crossed that the new dentist has got all his ducks in a row? No, not at all. Because here is another practitioner that the dentist, and in turn, his patients are wholly dependent on.
This is a technologist that fixes all of the dentist’s handheld tools if and when they do wear down or are damaged. But then again, because it is essential that the dentist needs to keep in tune with being abreast of all eventualities, he and his technologist will have already collaborated on routine maintenance work.