How much should I ask starting pay out of school for a dental hygienist for traverse city, mi?

Question by lm: How much should I ask starting pay out of school for a dental hygienist for traverse city, mi?
I start the dental hygiene program this fall and will be finished june 2010. I am wondering what the starting pay is for a dental hygienist in traverse city, michigan as of today. I have been on and all the like. I am looking for an actual dental hygienist in the area who can give me a better figure. Thanks for the help!

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Answer by ChipinCA
As a dental hygiene student you can join the American Dental Hygienists Association, and your State DHA, they will also have a local chapter (society/group affiliate) get involved with your local group as they do yearly salary surveys. They will let you know average and hi/low salaries, plus benefits and perks. This is great information while negotiating employment. good luck

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Can you get a canine implant without extracting impacted canine?

Question by Mashimoto: Can you get a canine implant without extracting impacted canine?
Basically just as the question says. Is it possible to get a canine dental implant without first extracting the impacted canine tooth, just with removing the deciduous tooth? The impacted bugger can’t be guided down with braces and wire. How long does getting the implant take, and how much does it cost? Also, if the impacted tooth does have to be removed, how much will THAT cost and how long will it take? Thanks.

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Answer by grandpa walleye
The permanent canine would have to be removed before the implant could be placed. Implants will run around $ 3000 and above. Surgical extraction will be a few hundred dollars. It will be several months for all of the healing to take place before you have a tooth in the area. Why can’t the problem be corrected with orthodontics? It would be easier and cheaper. Good luck

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What is the difference between a partial and a bridge for dental care?

Question by Crazycuddles: What is the difference between a partial and a bridge for dental care?
how do you know if you need a partial or a bridge..
thanks for your help and what is the difference…

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Answer by frdrtd
If you have lost a tooth, it generally needs to be replaced.
A partial is removable and does not require removal of tooth structure. A bridge is fixed and does require that the adjacent teeth be ground down in order to fit the bridge in place.
You may want to consider an implant though. they are better all around because they are for life, and no other teeth need to be touched. You always want to save your natural tooth structure.

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this site will help you, it is the site for The American Dental Association

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The Risk of Communicable Disease for a Dental Assistant

Communicable Disease for a Dental Assistant

Communicable Disease for a Dental Assistant


Dental Assistants need to make sure they fully understand the risk of communicable diseases. A communicable disease is one that is transmitted by saliva, blood, and other bodily fluids. Dental Assistants are at a very high risk because their hands come into contact with patient’s mouths all day long. This exposes them to saliva and often blood. While patients are asked to disclose information about communicable diseases including HIV, many choose not to. Some communicable diseases such as herpes form sores in the mouth and Dental Assistants need to be able to identify them. A Dental Assistant should assume every patient is contagious and take all precautions against infection.


Dental Assistants should always were gloves while working with patients. Even if they are only observing the procedure. This is because you never know what a normal procedure will turn into a crisis. The Dental Assistant will have to be able to jump in and assist at a moments notice. There is no time to stop to put on gloves, and it is not accepted in the dental field to perform any type of procedure without them.


If you feel that you have poked a hole in a glove, immediately throw it away and replace it. Do not take any chances. Communicable diseases can make you ill as the least or result in death at the other extreme. Since open sores are the most common way for communicable diseases to enter your body, make sure any such sore is completely covered with a bandage, band aid, or other covering that won’t come off with your gloves. Keep the sores covered until they have healed completely.


Another valuable way to prevent communicable diseases is to follow all safety procedures as outlined by the employer. If you are unclear, ask. Never take shortcuts, especially in the areas of sterilizing tools and the proper use of tools. This can lead to serious repercussions if other patients become infected with communicable diseases from dirty tools.


If you find that you have come into direct contact with saliva, blood, or other bodily fluids that could potentially lead to a communicable disease, wash the area immediately with soap and water. Many communicable diseases including the flu and the common cold can’t survive soap and water. You will also need to report the incident to your direct supervisor.


All dental facilities have policies and procedures in place for dealing with contact of saliva, blood, or other bodily fluids. It is important that you completely understand these policies and procedures from the first day of employment. Make sure you follow them completely if you do experience such contact. Most dental facilities will have the procedures written and in an easily accessible location for quick reference.


Working as a Dental Assistant is a fun and rewarding career choice. You will have the opportunity to work with many people and to learn more about the dental field. You will be required to perform a variety of duties as well as sit in on several types of dental procedures. It is important to remember that your safety is very important. Make sure you are aware of the risk of communicable diseases and follow all procedures for prevention as well as reporting if such contact does take place during your employment as a Dental Assistant.

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