Dental Assistant Jobs
Dental Assistant Employment Information
Dental Assistant Job Overview
Dental assistants help dentists do their jobs. States regulate the scope of dental assistant work, but in general, dental assistants schedule appointments, welcome patients to the practice and take them to the examination room. Responsibilities in some dental assistant jobs may also include sterilizing tools, passing tools to the dentist during procedures, educating patients, keeping records, and assisting with billing and insurance matters.
Some states may also allow dental assistants to clean teeth, apply sealants and fluoride treatments, and numb patients’ gums with rub-on anesthetics.
Dental Assistant Job Types
Dental assistants work in a variety of settings, such as:
- Solo dental practices
- Group dental practices
- Specialty practices, where practitioners remove or straighten teeth, treat gum disease, replace lost teeth or care for special populations
- Public-health organizations
- Hospital and dental-school clinics
Other dental assistant job opportunities include processing claims for insurance companies and selling dental products.
Dental Assistant Education
In some states, dental assistants can work without any special education or training. In those states, dental assistants get on-the-job training. Other states require dental assistants to earn a certificate or diploma from an accredited dental-assisting training program.
Dental Assistant CertificationsSome states require dental assistants to be certified. The Dental Assisting National Board offers several certifications for dental and orthodontic assistants.
Dental Assistant Job Market
Dental assistant employment will grow by 31 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average occupation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports. That growth will come from increased demand for dental services and from the fact that aging Baby Boomers are keeping their teeth longer than previous generations did.
Dental Assistant Salary
The median dental assistant salary was $34,140 in 2011, according to the BLS.
DENTAL ASSISTANT needed for Main Line practice. This position involves doing dentistry both in the office and at long term care facilities. PT with possibility of FT, some dental experience required with x-ray certification. Respond to email@example.com or fax to 610-667-4374....
Ajilon’s top Dental institution client is looking for a Full Time Dental Office Assistant on a temporary basis. This innovative company is located in Downtown San Francisco, is a short walk from public transportation and is growing rapidly. The ideal candidate would be customer service oriented, have a professional and positive demeanor, and experience working in a fast paced high energy environme...
Multi Specialty dental practice in Winchester is seeking an experienced part time dental assistant for one day a week with the possibility of more hours in the future.Must be self motivated and have a strong work ethic. email resume to firstname.lastname@example.org...
Company Confidential Sarasota, FL, 34240
We are seeking an experienced dental assistant with at least 2 years working in a general dentistry practice. We emphasize the concept of complete dentistry, which places importance not just on the teeth but on the entire masticatory system. Any experience with the Dawson philosophy would be a major asset. The ideal candidate is a team player, detail oriented, proficient in all aspects of chairsid...
Dental Assistant: Team-oriented family dental practice searching for experienced chairside assistant who enjoys a fast pace. Candidate should have a strong work ethic, excellent people skills, and desire to grow and become an integral part of the dental team. Hours will vary and include 2-3 evenings a week and 2 Saturdays a month. Due to the technical nature of this position, experience is require...
Are you looking for a new opportunity to build your resume, grow in your career, and be a part of a successful and growing organization? Familia Dental has a great opportunity for a dynamic Dental Assistant. This highly sought after position is a well-respected role. Familia Dental is a leader in the healthcare industry. The success of Familia Dental spans in 20 locations across multiple states an...
DENTAL ASSISTANT Seeking experienced dental assistant to work in fast paced office with skills in digital imaging and charting. DENTAL RECEPTIONIST Seeking an enthusiastic receptionist to work in fast paced office with skills in Eaglesoft and multi-tasking. Please email resumes to email@example.com or fax 309-691-7296...
Company Confidential Prescott, 86301
Periodontal Dental Assistant Dental practice is looking for a Periodontal Dental Assistant to travel to Prescott, Phoenix, and Tucson, Arizona. Note: Must provide own transportation. Excellent communication skills, multi-tasking & dental terminology knowledge. Competitive pay, benefits & 401K. Exp. in multiple specialty areas such as OS & Endo is a plus. Dental assistants must have certification....
Company Confidential Coraopolis, PA, 15108
DENTAL ASSISTANT EFDA For Cosmetic & General Practice Top Wages w/Benefits Moon Twp. PA Send Resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org...
Company Confidential Midland, 79701
Dental Assistant Part time Dental Assistant wanted for general dental practice. Please reply to P-113 c/o Midland Reporter Telegram, 201 E. Illinois, Midland, Tx. 79701...
Company Confidential MOUNT PLEASANT, MI, 48858
Dental Assistant PT DENTAL Assistant. Experience preferred but not necessary. Send replies to Box 2923 C/O Morning Sun, 711 Pickard St. Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858...
Dental Assistant BUSY Trenton Dental Office DENTAL ASST. Part time. 4 handed dentistry. Dentech. Email resume email@example.com =...
DENTAL ASSISTANT Looking for full–time Dental Assistant to join our great team. Dental assisting experience required. Front desk experience preferred but not required. Please drop off resume at 4635 Everhart Rd or fax to 991-5411....
Joplin Dental Arts Loma Linda, 64804
Busy dental practice looking for aFULL-TIME EXPERIENCED DENTAL ASSISTANT to provide superior service to patients. You need excellent communication skills in order to contribute to the team, as well as to motivate and instruct patients on optimal oral health. The ideal candidates understands the value of supporting others. To qualify as a candidate, you must have knowledge in dental terminology, de...
Meridian Community College Meridian, 39307
Candidates sought for Part-Time Dental Assisting Clinical Lab Assistant. Qualifications: Good oral and written communication skills, Certified Dental Assistant credential; minimum two years experience in dental assisting. Job closes June 21, 2013, or until filled. Applications are at www.meridiancc.edu. Contact Shellye Espey, human resource coordinator, MCC, 910 Hwy 19 N., 39307; 601-481-1309. Thi...
Company Confidential Saegertown, 16433
Dental Assistant Dental assistant with experience in 4-handed dentistry needed. Must be x-ray certified. Energetic person good with people. Fax resume to 814 763-2771. This job listing brought to you by The Meadville Tribune...
Company Confidential Bordentown, NJ, 08505
Dental Office Receptionist/Assistant 32 hours/week. Modern practice in Bordentown, NJ seeking experienced person to play dual role. Exc. salary & benefits. Fax resume, 609-298-7455. www.BordentownDentist.com...
Company Confidential Palos Heights, IL, 60463
Experienced Dental Assistant, Full-Time, Oral Surgery Office. Please Call 708-448-7150...
Dental Assistant We are looking for a Caring energetic hardworking assistant for a fast paced office! Must be Certified. Please bring resume to Carpenter Dental or call 605-342-5995. Check us out at www.carpenterdental.net...
Dental Assistant Open Positions In Your Area. 5 Years Experience Suggested. Fax Resume To 715-298-4449 No Experience? Want to get into the Dental Field? Call National Dental Academy 1-800-704-1505 Source: centralflorida.monster.com...
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$20,800.00 - $45,760.00
Typical Salary for Dental Assistant
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Education / Training
Some College Coursework Completed
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Supports dental care delivery by preparing treatment room, patient, instruments, and materials; passing instruments and materials; performing procedures in compliance with the dental practice act.
Rate of Growth
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2006
Creating a Safe, Effective Environment
Dental Health Maintenance
Pours, trims, and polishes study casts; makes preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
Educates patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque control, and postoperative instructions.
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