Mother Mercury!

I despise amalgam! Not the procedure of actually placing the amalgam but the material itself. It just doesn't work well with me - not a team player at all.

So...get the amalgam tablet, place it in the amalgamator, use amalgam carrier to place it in the prep., compress amalgam with condenser, use cleoid discoid to make anatomy. Straight forward. Except, I ended up doing this procedure all of 4 times before finally getting it right. First I had no contact, Second the amalgam was under triturated, third I had no anatomy Sighh!

Anyhoooo, matrix band in place, amalgam seated. This was my FOURTH trial.
Go ahead and ignore that awkwardly rotated central incisor

And Alas! a Final Product that my professor was pleased to sign off on. Phew!

Contact, anatomy, right texture - check! DO on #4

I despise amalgam! Did I already say that?

The Less Stressful

Once in a while, maybe once per week or so Dental School offers a moment where you can exhale a little - aaah! The less stressful stuff:

Remember this from last semester?
We had to do it again, but this time it was for casting a gold crown. After going through a series of different steps we finally arrived at the final product. Came out a little rough but eh, it was trial #1.

Gold crown with sprue attached (part she's holding)

We took a couple impressions

 Poured the model up in Plaster, and stone (not pictured)
Red & Blue lines for making Custom Tray

Made a custom Tray

 Played around with different impression materials

Made a Temporary Crown
Temp. on maxillary right Central Incisor (#8) first composite restoration! 

MO composite restoration on #30 

All this courtesy of our Dental Materials course - the lab portion


Spring Break! Woot?

Pre-Sprng Break aka Mid-Term Exams had me MIA for a while. Now that it IS Spring Break I have a little time on my hands and what would I rather talk about but the obvious...Spring Break.

Enjoy this re-visited post, it really doesn't change:

As Dental Students, we spend most of our time in the classroom, in the lab, or in the clinic and when we're out, we're studying - the cycle seems almost endless...until it's Spring Break.
Spring Break for many is as a time to unwind, a time to relax, go out and have fun, even travel! Spring Break is all about relaxation, yes? No, not necessarily.
Many people make the mistake of getting lost in this carefree period. Yes, it's a time to unwind, but it should also be used as a time to prepare yourself for the last leg of the semester. If you find that the first half of the semester didn't go so well, maybe Spring Break is a good time to catch up or it may be a time to get ahead. All these are good whilst taking a breather from the classroom routine.

So before you fly off to Cancun to enjoy some fun in the sun, remember spring break, while it should be used to relax,  is also an important time to revamp, catch up and to get ahead to make a difference in the final leg of the semester.

Make those grades! and enjoy...

Dating a Medical/Dental Student Fact Sheet

Saw this on FOX News and thought it was hilariously true. I changed it up a bit to incorporate the Dental Student in it.

Dating a med/dent student? Check out these tips for a "healthy" relationship.

1. Don't expect to see them. Ever.

2. Accept the fact they will have many affairs. With their books.

3. Learn to hide your “ew, gross” reactions when they tell you all the stuff you never wanted to know about your bodily functions or what they encountered in the clinic today.

4. Support them when they come home after each test, upset because they failed—and gently remind them after they get their well above passing grade how unnecessary the “I’m going to fail out of medical/dental school and never become an MD/DDS” dramatics are.

5. Each week they will have a new illness. Some will be extremely rare, others will be more mundane. Doesn’t matter. They will be certain they have it (no second opinions necessary.) Med/Dent school can, and will, turn even the sanest into a hypochondriac. Date them for long enough, and you’ll become one too.

6. There will be weeks you'll forget you even have a significant other—friends will ask how he/she is and you'll say, “What? Who? Oh....right. He's well...I think.”

7. They'll make you hyper-aware that germs are everywhere and on everything. Even though you used to walk into your home with your shoes on, and sit on your bed in the same clothes you just wore while riding the subway, or sat on a public bench in, you'll become far too disgusted to ever do it again. Believe me, it's going to get'll watch yourself transform into the anal retentive person you swore you'd never become. And when you witness others perform these same acts that, before you began dating your med student, you spent your entire life doing too, you'll wince and wonder, “Ew! How can they do that? Don't they know how many germs and bacteria they're spreading??!”

8. Romantic date = Chinese take-out in front of the TV on their 10 minute study break.

9. A vacation together consists of a trip down the street to Walgreens for new highlighters and printer paper.

10. Their study habits will make you feel like a complete slacker. For them, hitting the books 8-to-10 hours a day is not uncommon, nor difficult. You'll wonder how you ever managed to pass school on your meager one hour of studying per night.

11. They're expected to know everything. Everything! The name of the 8 billion-lettered, German sounding cell that lives in the depths of your inner ear, the technical term for the “no one's ever heard of this disease” disease that exists only on one foot of the Southern tip of the African continent. But ask them if your knee is swollen, or what you should do to tame your mucous-filled cough, or why the heck your head feels like someone's been drilling through it for oil for two weeks straight, and they won't have a clue.

12. “My brain's filled with so much information, I can't be expected to remember THAT!" will be the standard excuse for forgetting anniversaries, birthdays, and, if you get this far, probably the birth of your first-born.

13. If they DO happen to wish you happy birthday (even when it's not) consider it and celebrate...pronto. Despite dental school conditioning of their organizational skills, their schedules don't have space for anniversaries and b'days. Understand?

14. When they tell you that dental school should have a sitcom of their own on the lines of Scrubs, House, Grey's Anatomy, et al...Just nod

15. You'll need friends with unending patience who pretend never to get sick of listening to your endless venting and complaints. Or, you'll need to pay a therapist who will pretend never to get sick of listening to your endless venting and complaints.

But take this all with a grain of salt. It's not like I'm speaking from experience or anything.

Haaahahaha! :)

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