Dental Assistant Jobs
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.
Company Confidential Owensboro, KY, 42303
Dental Assistant Position(Assisting Patients) Expanded functions desirable with excellent patient rapport, team player, flexible schedule. Submit resume w/ minimum 3 references to: Box 891 c/o Messenger-Inquirer, PO Box 1480 Owensboro, KY 42302...
Description 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 Development & Management is a leader in the healthcare industry. The success of Familia Development & Management...
Company Confidential WARREN, MI, 48091
Appointment Coordinator and Dental Assistant TWO openings: Appointment Coordinator & Dental Asst: Exp'd only. M-Th;7:45am- 6pm. Great pay & benefits. Fax or Email resume to 248.814.7045 *****...
POSITION SUMMARY The Dental Assistant performs a variety of dental assisting duties while promoting a safe and cleanly environment for quality dental care. These duties include, but are not limited to, assisting the doctor; teaching the patients how to care for their teeth; communicating effectively with patients (or parents if patient is a child); maintaining equipment and inventory; cleaning, st...
DENTAL ASSISTANT Experienced CDA w/ expanded duties functions. Familiar w/ dental implants, CAD CAM restorations, cone beam technology. Paperless practice. Need great communication skills. Attractive compensation, benefits & really nice work environment. 941-488-1075. Fax 941-484-6277...
Company Confidential Naperville, IL, 60540
Dental Assistant - Family Oriented Downtown Naperville Office needs Mature, fast learning, punctual & personable individual. Mornings, evenings, 1 Sat/month. Will Train. Call after 7pm. 630-420-0011....
Company Confidential Pardeesville, 18202
General PART TIME DENTAL ASSISTANT Experienced chairside dental assistant needed for expanding dental practice. Some front office and computer skills preferred. X-ray certification necessary. Please send resume to: ***** Listing provided by: The Standard Speaker, Hazleton, PA Times-Shamrock Communications Monster Partner Products: thetimes-tribune.com citizensvoice.com thedailyr...
Company Confidential Jensen Beach, FL, 34957
DENTAL ASSISTANT - F/T for private general office in Jensen Beach. Exp. only/ Expand. function Great opp. for motiv. indiv. Fax,772-232- 1923 or email: ***** Posting provided by:...
Oral Surgical Dental Assistant Looking for a oral surgical dental assistant who is energetic, out going, a team player and a "can do" attitude. The candidate must be organized, passionate, hardworking, reliable, dependable, and punctual. Oral surgery experience is a must!!!! For more information call 630-404-5370 Receptionist Also in need of a experience dental receptionist,you must be proficicien...
The Dental Assistant's (DA) primary responsibilities are to provide the patient with quality care and to provide the doctor with quality assistance on patient procedures. The DA has direct responsibility for patient's excellent experience and the patient retention while in the chair. Essential Functions: Provide outstanding customer service for the patient; make the patient the #1 priority; excell...
Dental Assistant needed for the Farber Center for Periodontics and Dental Implants. We are a growing, high quality, dental specialty practice with facilities in Medford and Hauppauge New York. Become part of an enthusiastic group of excellent professionals who have enjoyed working together for many years. We have worked hard as a team to build the skills to provide excellent care, and need an addi...
Company Confidential Lyme, CT, 06371
Job Purpose: Receptionist/Assistant 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. Duties: * Receptionist. Answers phone, schedules patients. Orders supplies. * Prepares treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols. * P...
Company Confidential El Paso, TX
Local Orthodontist is seeking a Orthodontic Dental Assistant ready to make a difference in the lives of our patients. You will thrive here if you are someone who wants to grow professionally while serving your community at the same time. ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS The Orthodontic Dental Assistant provides support to the office and is responsible for assisting the professional dental staff with treatm...
DENTAL ASSISTANT (Bi-lingual Spanish speaking) Position Description SUMMARY OF POSITION: The Dental Assistant reports directly to the Director of Dental Services. The Dental Assistant provides chair side assistance to dentist, dental hygienists, and dental externs/students. The Dental Assistant also performs various administrative tasks as designated by the Dental Office Manager. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIO...
Dental Assistant/Front Desks (Washington DC (Metro stop)) We are growing dental practice seeking a highly motivated person to join our staff. This position involves both Dental Assistant/front Desks -Excellent customer service -Ability to build rapport with patient -Previous work experience in dental assistant (knowledge of dental procedures, make excellent temporary crown and assist with invisali...
Company Confidential DOVER, DE, 19901
Orthodontic Assistant Job Description We are seeking a friendly and outgoing individual with a positive attitude to join our practice as an Orthodontic Assistant. In this important role, the Orthodontic Assistant is the primary liaison between the patient, the doctor, and other staff members and acts as an ambassador ensuring the ultimate patient experience. Key Responsibilities · Greet patients a...
Dental Assistant ($20/Hr.) Dental Practice is looking for a qualified, team-oriented and self-motivated full time dental assistant who is passionate about their career and patient care. The candidate should be able to greet patients with excellent customer service and make them feel comfortable in preparation for their examination and/or treatment and can explain treatment options and dental condi...
We have an excellent full-time position available in our state of the art dental office. We are looking for a multi talented person to clean and restock the office daily. In addition this person will serve as a floating dental assistant working for several different dentists and hygienists. We also will be looking to replace a full time dental assistant that will be leaving our office this fall. W...
Dental Assistant - up to $20 / hr. (based on experience) Dental Practice is looking for a qualified, team-oriented and self-motivated full time dental assistant who is passionate about their career and patient care. The candidate should be able to greet patients with excellent customer service and make them feel comfortable in preparation for their examination and/or treatment and can explain trea...
Dental Hygenist needed for various offices Must have minmum 1 year verifiable experience Dental Assistant for various vacation coverage dates needed Skills/Experience: Must be fully trained Experience in four handed assisting Certification a + but not required Must be current with shots and have verifiable references...
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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
Size of Industry in 2006:
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2006
Creating a Safe, Effective Environment
Dental Health Maintenance
Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
Prepares patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping patient.
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