All Smiles Dental, LLC – Externship Highlight

All Smiles Dental, LLC is a dental office located in Bridgeport, WV. West Virginia Junior College has been fortunate enough to have a contract with All Smiles Dental for the past couple of years. This contract allows our students to complete their externship at their bustling office. Students work with up-to-date equipment and newer technology to expand their knowledge as a dental assistant. All Smiles offers dental care such as general dentistry, prevention, implants, denture, crowns, and so much more. This experience gives WVJC students the chance to expand and learn about the different areas of dentistry in one office.

Students who complete their externship at All Smiles Dental gain experience in four-handed dentistry; this means that the dental assistant’s two hands are assisting the dentist’s two hands, reducing the amount of time a dental exam or procedure may take. They are able to interact with the patients, take digital x-rays and even learn how to use a Cerec machine.  A Cerec machine is a machine where you take a digital impression of a patient’s mouth and design a crown. Then, that design is sent to a machine that utilizes computer-aided design (CAD) and can create a crown in the office. This valuable knowledge is what students look forward to in their externship.

Our students at WVJC Bridgeport are very thankful that they have the opportunity to complete their externships at All Smiles Dental. Students rave about how much they love going there and their experience while in the office. All Smiles has also expressed how grateful they are to have our WVJC students. They have also graciously donated their older chairs to the Dental Assisting program, which helps our students in the classroom.

WVJC Bridgeport graduate Kristina Conaway completed her externship at All Smiles Dental and stated that she loved the office. Kristina said she learned how to assist the doctor and take impressions and x-rays on patients by herself. She loved the experience that she received from the office and hopes to work at an office like All Smiles Dental in the future.

If you’re looking for a fast-track Dental Assisting program that can provide you an externship experience like the one our students receive at All Smiles Dental, LLC, then take the first step today and request information here!

Kristina Conaway – Student Highlight

Kristina Conaway is new to the West Virginia Junior College family.  She began her journey here in April 2019 and is very passionate about her dental assisting program.  Kristina attended a university prior to making the choice to enroll at WVJC, but the experience wasn’t what she was looking for and she began to feel that she was taking too many classes not geared toward her major. She felt uncomfortable in the class scheduling process and was ready to make a change.

Kristina chose WVJC because of the “smaller facility and class sizes, because I feel as though I do my best work in those conditions.  Also, I was excited to be offered classes that focused only on what I needed for my future career, especially the more hands-on classes.”  Growing up, Kristina was always fascinated with teeth and her visits to the dentist, so she knew she wanted to pursue a career in the dental field.  She is proud to have so many members of her family that encouraged her “to go for it.”

Kristina’s favorite part about attending WVJC Bridgeport is “getting the opportunity to work with actual dental equipment before entering a professional job, and the tremendous amount of effort and assistance all the staff in the building puts forth in helping make your time here as  uncomplicated and least stressful as possible.”  Her favorite class is Student Success Strategies.  She says, “there is no better class to start out with your first 6 weeks. This class gives you the guidance and advice you need to be successful in school and just life in general.”

When Kristina completes her education in the Dental Assisting program she hopes to quickly begin her career.  Her goal is to work at All Smiles Dental in Bridgeport, WV.  However, she is open to other opportunities and cannot wait to put all her effort and education to good use.  When asked if she would recommend somebody to WVJC, she said, “Yes! Everyone here is very friendly and so far nothing has been stressful!  They make getting into the classes you need easy. Classes are smaller and more personal so you don’t miss out on any assistance you may need, and the staff is very supportive and helpful in any way they possibly can be! I couldn’t have made a better choice than coming to WVJC.”