I recently read an opinion from a more seasoned dentist that new dentists (those that just graduated) are incompetent.

I’m not sure young dentists graduate are incompetent…I’ll-prepared…probably, but the foundation of knowledge needed to practice competently and safely is typically there. No, we’re not ready to be John Kois from day 1, but who is? The majority of dentists are average by definition – all of us just believe we’re above average (my composites are better than yours, my margins are always perfect, crowns seat every time … yada, yada, yada). Dentistry is hard, no doubt about it, mastering this profession takes practice (and lots of it).

More mature dentists are likely quick to forget how ill prepared they were upon graduation.

Stop kicking each other, we’re all on the same boat.