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.
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We have an opportunity for Dental Assistant position, at least 1 year experience required (Vocational School DOES NOT apply) -Must own reliable transportation to be able to commute between our three locations: *Los Angeles *Pacoima *Canyon Country -Excellent Patient interaction and high energy. -Great communication skills and Team player. -DENTRIX software experience preferred. -Computer skills in...
Kool Smiles is looking for a experienced Dental Assistant ready to make a difference in the lives of families. Although below is a description of what your job would entail, we want to emphasize that working at Kool Smiles is more than just a job. Kool Smiles is not your typical dentist office and working here is not your typical experience. You will thrive here if you are someone who wants to gro...
Company Confidential New York City, NY, 10019
Job Description Seeking* F/T Dental Assistant/Front End Asst. for a busy multi-specialty practice in Mid-town Manhattan. Must have Great Patient Service / Communication Skills, be self-motivated, energetic, able to work evening hours & Saturdays. For the assistant responsibilities - surgical experience a plus. Qualifications: Minimum 3 years relevant experience and HS diploma or equivalent. Must H...
Would you like to work 4 Days a Week and Get Major Bonuses? Do you possess a sunny, energetic attitude? Are you detailed and organized? Our Dental practice is looking for someone who is multi-talented and can help our practice and patients as a Dental Assistant. For the past 17 years, our practice has grown and thrived. Fortunately for you, this growth has created the demand for expanded staff. We...
Busy Dental Office hiring experienced Dental assistant to work chair side with Dentist to assist with all aspects of general dentistry as well as root canal treatment. Xray cert, digital xray experience preferred. No nights or weekends required....
Company Confidential Tucson, AZ
Kool Smiles of Tucson is looking for a Lead Dental Assistant ready to make a difference in the lives of families. Although below is a description of what your job would entail, we want to emphasize that working at our practice is more than just a job. We are not your typical dentist office and working here is not your typical experience. You will thrive here if you are someone who wants to grow pr...
Here at Kool Smiles, our teams don’t just shape smiles – they shape the lives of families every single day. Working at Kool Smiles means being challenged, having fun, and being proud of what you do. It means being a mentor, being a friend, and being part of a change that starts with child. We are the nation’s leader in general dental care to underserved kids, teens, and adults. Our compassion and...
Great opportunity for experienced chairside assistant to step into management of clinical area in fee-for-service dental office. We are looking for a motivated, team person who is interested in a career in patient care. If you are looking for an office where your hard work and experience can make a difference, look no further. Our head assistant of 18 years has retired and we are determined to fin...
EXPERIENCED DENTAL ASSISTANT STERLING,MA Established GeneralDentistry Practice in SterlingMA is seeking an experienced DentalAssistant. Must have at least 3 yearsexperience in four handed assisting and Certification in Radiology. This is a full-time, 4 day per week positionwith competitive benefits including Health Insurance, 401k, and paidholidays. We need a dependable,friendly, team player. We a...
Dental assistant needed in Laurinburg North Carolina Experience in Dentrix/Eagle Soft. Must Have at least one year of experience....
Job Purpose/ Dental 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: * Prepares treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols. * Prepares patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, a...
Cumberland Dental of Alabama is a 4 practice affiliate of American Dental Partners. Our practices are located in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, Gadsden, and Oxford, Alabama. With approximately 14 dental providers and 10 Hygienists on staff, we currently offer general dentistry, oral surgery, endodontics, and periodontics in some or all of our practices. We are looking for a part time Dental Assistant to...
Company Confidential Cary, IL, 60013
FULL TIME DENTAL FRONT DESK/ ASSISTANT Career opportunity for Dental Receptionist available in our Cary general dental office. We seek a strong "Team Player" who is a mature self-starter with exceptional computer, written and verbal communication skills. This is a great opportunity to connect with a dentist and staff who work like a family. The ability to do back office assisting would be a plus,...
Busy Trenton Dental Offfice seeks DENTAL ASSISTANT. Exp. part time. 4 handed dentistry. Dentech. Email resume ***** Click to apply by EMAIL =...
DENTAL ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT We're seeking an outstanding individual to add to our staff of winners - Must be organized, enthusiastic and possess great people skills. Knowledge in dental insurance filing/ follow-up a must. Experience with EagleSoft a plus. Must have a positive attitude, work well as part of a team and have dependable transportation. Argyle area. Competitive pay and benefits, 2...
DENTAL ASSISTANT EXPERIENCED DO YOU WANT TO BE A PART OF A GREAT TEAM? ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A NEW OPPORTUNITY? OUR BUSY GENERAL PRACTICE IS SEEKING AN EXPERIENCED FULL-TIME IMMEDIATE HIRE. 4-DAY WORK WEEK. MUST HAVE AT LEAST 5 YEARS DENTAL ASSISTING EXPERIENCE. SALARY IS BASED ON EXPERIENCE. SEND YOUR EMAIL TODAY TO: ***** Text JAX15500258...
Company Confidential Amarillo, TX, 79166
Busy dental office looking for a friendly, outgoing, experienced Dental Assistant. Proficient in Dentrix, scheduling appointments, orthodontic knowledge a plus. Benefits and insurance offered. Bring resume to 3641 Soncy Road....
Dental Assistant Dental Office Carrollton, Tx Exp'd dental assist needed w/ front desk knowledge. Familiar with Dentrix. Team player. Call 972-394 7007. The Dallas Morning News - 03/26/2014...
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...
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...
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Dental Assistant

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$20,800.00 - $45,760.00
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Education / Training

Certification
33.6%
Some College Coursework Completed
20.2%
Vocational
15.2%
High School
9.7%
Associates
9.4%
Bachelor's
7.6%
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