Greater Utilization of Dental Technicians. II. Report of Clinical Tests,
NAVAL DENTAL RESEARCH INST GREAT LAKES ILL
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A dental officer operating at three chairs and delegating certain operative procedures to trained technicians can treat twice the number of patients and can significantly increase the number of restorations placed when compared to his one-chair productiveness. Two of three dental officers tested increased their productivity by more than 100 per cent, and the third by 80 per cent. Short-term evaluations of random samples of the restorations placed by the dental officer-technician teams were found to be comparable to restorations placed by conventional treatment procedures. Delegating certain operative procedures to trained technicians did not appear to alter the quality of the treatment because the dental officer had the final responsibility and replaced any restoration not meeting his standard. Dental officers and technicians did not experience any adverse mental or physical effects when utilizing the three-chair system for 20 weeks.
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