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.
Upper East Side Premier Pediatric Dental Practice seeks a full time pediatric dental assistant. Must have 4 years pediatric dental experience and four handed dental skills. Saturday is a must. Dental software is a plus. Excellent salary, benefits and 401k plan...
Position Title: Dental Assistant - Full Time Office Location: Craycroft/Oracle/Green Valley Dental Assistant Managers: Karla, Jessie, Autumn Job discription: Performs a variety of dental assisting duties, within compliance of state regulations, to promote quality dental care for the patient in a stress-free, safe enviornment. Assist the doctor, teach the patient how to care for their teeth, commun...
Company Confidential Old Bridge, NJ, 08857
Wanted a great dental assistant with xray license for a pediatric dental office. Days are Mondays Tuesdays Fridays and Saturday. Should be pleasant well spoken, and friendly with kids and parents. Duties include Setting room breaking down rooms Doing Xrays on Kids Doing sterilization Material Keeping Answering phones and making appointments Keeping the OPS clean. please email with resume. Thanks....
Expanded Dental Assistant Full-Time Our established practice is seeking an experienced Full-Time Expanded Duties Dental Assistant to provide preeminent dentistry to patients. Candidate must be expanded and have current dental radiographer license. Competitive wage and benefits package accompany this position. Qualified candidates may email resumes to: Brandy@transitionsdental.com...
Pediatric & Adolescent Dentistry is looking for a licensed F/T Dental Assistant to join our amazing team. Ideal candidate is a team player, professional, has a positive attitude and loves working with children in a fast paced environment. Please send your Cover Letter and Resume to: Jason Dudley 212 Star St. Mankato, MN 56001 No phone calls please...
DENTAL ASSISTANT - Training option available. Enjoy an ideal work schedule for career-lifestyle balance! Full time position over 4 days / week: Always enjoy long weekends! Hours: 7:00 am to 4:00 pm (Or, when we finish if our patients require that we work later!). Atlanta / Sandy Springs area. Permanent, full time position in the stable, rock-solid industry of dentistry! Applicants, ideally, will h...
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...
Primary Responsibilities: Demonstrate and support the group’s core purpose, values, goals and strategies. Understands, supports and demonstrates proper sterilization, biohazard and infection control procedures in compliance with guidelines and protocols. Follows all governmental regulation standards. Demonstrates complete knowledge of dental terminology, dental instruments and set ups. Exhibits cl...
SUMMARY: The Dental Assistant is responsible for performing selected dental duties that assist in patient care management. This includes setting up and cleaning rooms, stocking supplies, taking x-rays, sterilizing and disinfecting instruments, and performing clinical procedures as directed by the Oral Surgeon. Additional responsibilities include patient scheduling, collecting fees for service, and...
Clinical Dental Assistant F/T & P/T for upbeat, patient driven, fun practice. Need team players Competitive salary & benefits - Mail resume/cover letter to Box 244 c/o McPherson Sentinel, PO Box 926, McPherson, Ks 67460 firstname.lastname@example.org or fax (620) 241-2425 Attn: Linda or drop at 301 S. Main, McPherson, Ks...
FT Dental Assistant Experience preferred. Email resume to: email@example.com Or mail to Dr. James Greenwald, 209 W. Laurel, Springfield, IL 62704...
Company Confidential Bloomington, IL, 61701
Dental Assistant Experienced or new-graduate Dental Assistant to join our busy, progressive team! If you're a self-starter with excellent communication & organization skills, this is your opportunity. Professionally rewarding & challenging environment with benefit package. 36 hrs/week. Salary depending on experience. Reply Box 2796, The Pantagraph, 301 W. Washington St., Bloomington, IL 61701...
Dental Assistant Needed! Eaglesoft software experience required. Benefits include health ins., bonus, vacation, 40hrs/week. Dentures & Dental Services Please email resumes to: firstname.lastname@example.org or bring to 2317 W. University Dr. #B-8. No phone calls please....
Company Confidential Denton, TX, 76210
Dental Assistant/ Front Desk Receptionist. Applicants must have 3 yrs exp minimum & Dentrix knowledge. Please fax resume to 940-566-0562. Attention Blanca....
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....
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...
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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
Provides instrumentation by sterilizing and delivering instruments to treatment area; positioning instruments for dentist's access; suctioning; passing instruments.
Provides materials by selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and in the patient's mouth.
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