The equipment is fairly different from that in a dentist's office, and there's less of it. Yet, during field exercises, the Army dentists (scary phrase to civilians) got to practice on the obedient soldiers.
Mike was operations NCO for the Pacific Regional Dental Command. The patients probably didn't need to know that, as he said, "Some of our assistants have never seen this equipment before. ItÂs important that they be able to work with it because they may end up going to division next.Â
The field equipment is lighter and made for mobility. Mike said it didn't take much time for his staff to get the hang of it. ÂEverything you do (in the clinic), you can do out here and vice versa."
The newsletter reported that to make sure there were enough "emergencies":
With the field site just feet from the clinic, patients regularly scheduled for treatment were escorted out to the treatment tent for their appointments. During the exercise, the dentists and their assistants performed numerous treatments in the field environment including tooth extractions, fillings and routine examinations.That could be interpreted several ways. I trust the joke that military justice is to justice as military music is to music doesn't carry over to his field.
ÂThis shows (the patients) that they would get the same treatment out in the field as in the clinic,Â Ball said.