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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Under the general supervision of the clinic Director and assigned Orthodontic provider, the incumbent is responsible to provide quality care and excellent customer service. This includes: performing chair side assisting involving preparation & maintenance of dental instruments, instrument transfer, preparing dental cement and impression material, taking impressions and bite registrations, conducti...
Company Confidential COATESVILLE, PA, 19320
Dental Assistant Dental Assistant PT. Small general practice looking for assistant 2 days a week. MUST have exp. & x-ray certification. Call Anne (610)383-5330...
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Busy River Forest dental office is looking for a Full-time Dental Assistant to join our fast paced team. · MUST have experience in a dental office · Basic computer skills. · Knowledge of Softdent and Dexis digital x-rays a plus. · Knowledge of dental materials and procedures is required. · Experience making Temporary crowns is required. · This position will entail some evenings and Saturdays....
Busy Down Town dental office is looking for a Dental Assistant to join our fast paced team. · Applicants should have a minimum of 1 year experience with… o Four handed dentistry o Taking and pouring of impressions o Digital x-rays, dental software, infection control. o Experience making Temporary Crowns required Hours for this position are Monday thru Friday 12-6...
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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.
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Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2006
Creating a Safe, Effective Environment
Dental Health Maintenance
Maintains dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
Prepares treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols.
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