A career as a dentist

To prospective dental students, you are about to embark on an exciting journey that my family has been on for 93 years!
My grandfather, Morris A. Paschen graduated from Marquette Dental School in 1921. My father, Charles Winter, my brother Bruce Winter and myself, Richard Winter all practiced together and now my nephew is a dentist and my daughter is interviewing for dental school. Why have we all followed my grandpa into dentistry? Well, we get to help people regain their smiles and improve their self-esteem. We eliminate pain and educate patients about how to enjoy better oral health. We get to play with toys and stay involved in a profession that is constantly changing, improving and growing.
Dentistry is a profession that has many paths. We can enjoy restorative dentistry and fill teeth and make dentures or we can get involved in performing sinus augmentations, bone grafting and performing full mouth implant rehabilitation. The choice is there for you and all you have to do is continue to learn and decide how much you want to do and how you wish to do it.
I am a lecturing clinician. I publish articles, lecture around the country and practice dentistry full time. Feel free to go to my website at www.hamptondentalassociates.com and read my articles to see my passion points with regard to dentistry.
The question is what will your passion points be? I encourage you to ask your dentist if you can shadow them and learn about the type of dentistry they enjoy. But don’t stop there! Shadow an oral surgeon, an endodontist, a periodontist, and learn about the subspecialties of dentistry. At 52 I just became board certified in Oral implantology by the American Board of Oral Implantologists/Implant Dentists.
This highlights the notion that as a dentist you need to be engaged in learning over the course of your entire career. As a life long learner you will be able to provide
services and procedures to your patients that will meet their needs while providing you with the joy of knowing you are at the forefront of your profession.
I won’t go in to details about the process as your guidance counselor will do that. You are obviously motivated and bright or you wouldn’t be reading this.
If you are excited to have a career that keeps giving, then dentistry is an excellent choice.
Best of luck!
Dr. Richard Winter

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