Restorative Dental Hygiene is a great choice to set you apart after you have graduated as one of thousands from Dental Hygiene. Dental Hygienists have flooded the market right now so this additional qualification sets you apart from the crowd. One huge caveat:Not all schools are created equal!!! George Brown in Toronto is, in my opinion, the best program for giving relevant information and hundreds of hours of hands on instruction. I have seen students graduate from other programs but George Brown grads have impressed me every time.
As for the SALARY/WAGE issue.. You will find a huge difference depending upon a number of factors. If your dentist can emply your skills (if he or she is prepared to trust his/ her clients to your care for restorative), you should be well compensated. I and my colleagues have discussed wages at length...and they range from (at the extreme upper end) $250k per year ( a Toronto employed RRDH who does all the Cerac/C&B in the office and bills a lot of money in the practice) down to a low of $60/hr. Much of this depends on how long you have been in practice, your skills, speed and the level of trust and acceptance you have earned from the clients in the practice. If you have worked as a hygienist at a practice for a good length of time and have earned the trust and acceptance of your clients, you are in a much better position to do well as a RRDH in that same practice. I personally am paid $100 per hour (full time extremely busy practice) but no paid continuing education, uniform allowance, benefits or other perks. I get an annual cost of living raise but I have seen my colleagues' wages stay stagnant despite the fact that the ODA fees rise slightly every year. Starting wages will be as suggested above.I have been with the same practice for over 27 years- the last 18 doing Restrative so I know the clients there better than the current dentist does. New grads should expect a trial period where their work is scrutinized by the DDS.