Does Your Office Have a Dental Hygienist Shortage?
In most dental practices, the majority of patients come in to have their teeth cleaned. Even those who have no cavities or other apparent problems need the services of a dental hygienist in order to prevent gum disease and keep their teeth looking good. Because of this, an office typically has a ratio of several hygienists per doctor. If there aren't enough, appointments soon get backed up.
If you're a dentist or are in charge of staffing at a dental facility, you may already know how the unexpected loss of even one dental hygienist can throw everything off. Even worse, it can take quite a while to find a dental hygienist to replace the one that left. This can lead to a frantic search. It also leads to canceled appointments and annoyed patients.
One of the best ways to find a dental hygienist in a hurry is to contact a dental staffing agency. Such an agency can provide qualified hygienists as well as other types of support staff in short order. These can be temporary, long-term, or permanent positions.
If you would like to replace your missing hygienist with a full-time staffer, but don't have the time to wait for your usual recruiting process to locate one, calling for a temporary fill-in is your best bet. This will allow you to process all of your prophylaxis patients efficiently, but not lock you into a long-term commitment. If you decide that the temporary person would be a great permanent employee, you simply pay the agency a finder's fee and transfer her to direct employee status. Conversely, if your recruiting process locates a good replacement, you can end the staffing arrangement until you need another temporary hygienist.