Taking your surgical skills further than extractions
Many dentists who previously eagerly anticipated surgery are often extremely nervous about taking the next step and providing complicated surgery past tooth extraction. They do not know what the best time is to begin moving towards complex, less basic surgical procedures. Although the answer varies according to the individual, there are steps that anyone can take to begin increasing their skill sets in a guaranteed safe environment.
The first step you can take is to actively look for much more challenging extractions. Make sure to give them the correct extra appointment slots and to have someone close by to help should anything go wrong. Another is to attend courses or sessions that will let you practice actively on cadavers or pig heads, which will allow you to assess how ready you are in terms of confidence and skill to move on to more complicated surgical procedures. There is also the option to begin providing apicectomies or the removal of third molars, though after you have implemented this make sure to review each case and assess how smoothly and successfully it was carried out. Take as many photographs as possible in order to share and receive feedback from your colleagues and peers, and take any constructive criticism they give you on board.
In order to advance in surgery and to develop an enjoyment and a practical approach to more complex cases, you must plan your approach carefully. You will need to combine your knowledge of the theory with a practical skill set, application and reflection. No amount of theory will improve you physically; you must have the opportunity to physically experiment in a secure environment in order to practice what you have learned. Following this, you must review your work in order to work out how to improve further.
The most important elements you will need are: a high quality of taught theory in skills and the selection of cases; a guaranteed, secure environment to practice what you have learned with the relevant team and equipment; and access to help before, during and after procedures. A consideration of all of these points will improve your skills quickly over time.