Today was the first day of the WREB board exam. I felt very lucky that last night I slept like a baby and woke up feeling great. All of the nervousness, anxiety, butterflies were gone. So much so, that when my patient was a 1/2 hour late and I called to find out she had missed her alarm and had not left her house yet (30 minutes north) I sat and calmly enjoyed one of the bagels I brought.
So, as I said, we started at 9 instead of at 8, two hours after I arrived. The prep (drilling on the tooth) went very well overall, I thought. It was one of my prettiest, at least from a polished/neat perspective. My patient did not like the rubber dam and started crying about an hour in. We talked her down and kept going. When I did the silver filling, I had some trouble and so redid it. However, the next time I thought it was great, took off the rubber dam, and checked with some floss. Oh no! The contact between the teeth was open, meaning the floss slid right through without much resistance (a potential food trap). I had a feeling my patient would not sit through me doing it again (and the rubber dam was already off, too) and after debating with myself, I turned it in.
She came back with a pink slip. That means, "The patient may need follow up treatment" (meaning a new filling) because of the contact (or lack of one). As far as I know, this is not a failure and is only one of many criteria. I am hoping I did well enough on the rest of the tooth that it is okay! If anything, it means I must do very well on tomorrow's cavity since they are grading them together.
I only got really nervous when I was waiting for the examiners to accept my perio patient (my cleaning). She had some very tough tartar to get off but I think I got her teeth overall nice and smooth. I can miss 3 pieces of tartar and still pass. I am hoping I did!
One more day to go...