All instruments and materials are prepared before each treatment. My assistant hands me a syringe, motor, sometimes the curing lamp – she hands most things to me. Some people say that it is actually nice to observe the way we work – it is like a dance. If you use four-handed dentistry and have a good dental assistant, it really works like a set of gears. And the best part is that you don’t have to speed up – if the system runs smoothly you will see the results immediately. You may also be sure that your patient will notice and appreciate the smoothness and speed at which you can operate. For them it seems like we are working rapidly, but we are actually moving at our usual, steady tempo.
For GertJan another key to efficiency is the correct use of his dental tools. He knows beforehand what his exact requirements will be during the treatment, and he makes sure to set up the instruments so that they reflect these needs. According to him, the biggest challenge is that most of the manufacturers do not allow the dentist to customise their workflow.
Usually it is not the dentist who is in control of the set-up of various parameters – the manufacturer gives them a tool with the “right” settings and that is that; whereas it should be the other way round – your tools should reflect the way in which you want to work.
If you are a professional, you always want to work in your own way; e.g., I work completely differently from how my wife works, and that is only logical. Everyone is different.
If you work with XO Smart Link1, like we do, you don’t have to constantly watch the parameters of your instruments. And the way I see it, it is not only about the new possibilities that you gain, but is also a good way to set some constraints. For example, with excavation the torque limitation is crucial; so I set all the parameters in order to respond to the specific tissue density, and in that way I am sure I will never do any harm. So it’s simply less on my mind.