When you go to your dentist, you expect them to not only know their trade well, you expect them to be up to date on the latest in dental procedures, technology and practices. That is why ongoing education is so important for a dentist beyond graduation from dental school.
Ongoing education helps dentists to:
Keep up with New Skills
The dental field changes frequently, with new technologies and new ways of practicing better dentistry. Dentists are offered the opportunity to further their knowledge and skills by taking ongoing education courses, and acquiring additional certifications. Is your dentist continually learning?
Offer the Latest Treatment Methods
Through continuing education, dentists keep up with the latest techniques for diagnosis, prevention and treatments that can help their patients with better oral health care. When choosing your dentist, it’s OK to ask what their latest training includes and what new practices or technology they are employing. Some dentists (like us) post on our blog the new dental equipment and technology we’re offering that can better serve our patients.
Dentists are required to obtain and maintain a license to practice dentistry within their state, and each state has its own licensing requirements. They are also required to renew this license on a regular basis, based on state requirements, perhaps every two years. In order to qualify for licensing renewal, dentists are required to complete a certain number of continuing education credits.
Knowing that your dentist has acquired additional or specialty knowledge makes them a more desirable medical professional. And if you have a specialty problem and need a specialist, it is important to go to someone with this particular knowledge and skill set. At our practice, Dr. Sonny Kim learned from specialists in oral surgery, prosthodontics, pediatric dentistry, endodontics and other specialties, which gives him a wide-ranging education in the various fields of dentistry.
He is also a continuing education student of The Dawson Academy, The Scottsdale Center for Dentistry, The Implant Learning Center, and the Misch International Implant Institute, taking courses and attending seminars to enhance his skills. In addition, Dr. Sonny Kim is a Diplomat of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), the highest education level for general dentists in this field.
Dr. Kim is a member of the Academy of General Dentistry, and American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the American Institute of Implant Dentistry (AIID), the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.
Advanced Family Dentistry: Your Reston Family Dentist
At Advanced Family Dentistry why ongoing education is important for a dentist. We continually refine our techniques and complete seminars and courses to learn new skills and employ the latest technology, making us one of the most advanced dental practices in the Reston, and Northern Virginia, area. We’ll be glad to talk to you about what’s new in the dental field and show you our latest equipment. Just ask us!
Contact Advanced Family Dentistry to set your next dental appointment. We serve family members of all ages. Ask about our Senior and Military discounts! Contact us today.