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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Zwanziger & Boe Orthodontics is seeking a responsible and dedicated dental assistant to join our team. Responsibilities would include collecting patient records including radiographs, photos, and impressions, chair-side assisting, and digital charting. This would be a full-time position of approximately 35 hours per week. Candidates must be a registered dental assistant with radiography certificat...
Aspen Dental is on a mission to give America a healthy mouth. By joining Aspen Dental you are not only making a statement that you are committed to providing quality care but you are also becoming a part of a collaborative network of dental professionals. For an estimated 47 million Americans, lack of access to affordable dental care is a real problem and by aligning with Aspen Dental you can be p...
-F/T Dental Assistant Recruiting Mobile Dental Assistant for one, possibly two Tuesday's per month, for the delivery of dental services in Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities in Grand Rapids, MI and outlying areas. Candidates to assist the dentist clinically but also be responsible for housing equipment when not being used, setting up equipment at the facility, breaking down equipment, steriliz...
Dental Assistant 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 conditions in a...
Progressive, technologically advanced, multi-specialty team is looking for a full time Dental Assistant. Prior experience as a dental assistant and fluency in Spanish are highly preferred but not required. Highly competitive wages, excellent healthcare benefits, bonuses and outstanding opportunities for promotion are available for the right candidate. Opportunity to grow into positions of higher r...
A Dental Assistant supports and assists providers with patient care. It is essential to be able to lead, be flexible, friendly, have a “can do” personality and work in a timely fashion. In addition, a Dental Assistant must display open communication to co-workers and a commitment to patient satisfaction. Essential Responsibilities: Understand and demonstrate proper sterilization, biohazard and inf...
Company Confidential Amarillo, TX, 79166
Dental office is seeking an experienced, registered DENTAL ASSISTANT. Excellent people skills required. Apply in person Mon.-Thurs., 9a-4p. 9 Care Circle, 806-358-2472....
Gardendale, 35071
Dental Assistant, No experience? Begin a new career in this rewarding profession by enrolling in a 10 week program taught in an actual dental office! Call Brookwood Dental Assisting Program at 205-870-5445 or email us at *****. Classes will be July 19 - September 27 with no class on August 30. The Early Bird Deadline is June 19. This job listing brought to you by The N...
Company Confidential Lady Lake, FL, 34470
Dental Assistant Dental office looking for an experienced dental assistant that takes pride in their work and has advanced skills. Comfort and care are most important for our patients as well as providing a professional atmosphere. We use advanced technology and prefer Dentrix experience. Please fax resume to (352) 205-8754....
Our work environment is dynamic. Our people are valued. A rewarding career awaits you at Concorde! Concorde Career Colleges, Inc. is a nationally recognized for-profit, post-secondary education company providing career training in the field of allied health, and we have an opening for a Dental Assistant Instructor. Responsibilities include: Provide instruction to Dental Assistant classes. Adherenc...
Full Time De Full Time Dental Assistant Blue Hills Dental is looking for a full time dental assistant for our West Valley City Office. If you want to love coming to work, join our dynamic team at our West Valley City Office. Our practices offer the newest technology and equipment throughout, including electronic medical records, digital radiography and intra-oral cameras. In our practices we welco...
Aspen Dental is on a mission to give America a healthy mouth. By joining Aspen Dental you are not only making a statement that you are committed to providing quality care but you are also becoming a part of a collaborative network of dental professionals. For an estimated 47 million Americans, lack of access to affordable dental care is a real problem and by aligning with Aspen Dental you can be p...
Aspen Dental is on a mission to give America a healthy mouth. By joining Aspen Dental you are not only making a statement that you are committed to providing quality care but you are also becoming a part of a collaborative network of dental professionals. For an estimated 47 million Americans, lack of access to affordable dental care is a real problem and by aligning with Aspen Dental you can be p...
Edmond, 73003
Full Time Dental Assistant Self Motivated, Energetic person needed for Pediatric dental office. Benefits Available. Fax resume to 405-562-2200 or e-mail ***** This job listing brought to you by The Edmond Sun...
Company Confidential Spartanburg, SC, 29301
Medical/Dental Dental Insurance Specialist/ Assistant Dental Insurance and Assisting skills required. EagleSoft exp. a must. Excellent benefits. Email resume to: *****...
DENTAL ASSISTANT/Hygienist: Seeking motivated dental assistant with experience. OR radiology certification. Dependable, team-player, professional, with excellent work ethics. FT, 2-5 yrs. experience. Send resume to: Rainier Park Dental 1515 NW Louisiana Ave., Chehalis, WA 98532...
Company Confidential Charlottesville, VA, 22901
Dental Assistant Dental Assistant, X-ray certified, experienced, reliable, patient friendly, excellent work ethics. Full time with benefits. To be considered, send resume with complete work history to: *****...
Registered Dental Assistant needed for long term contract assignment at prison or correctional facility in San Quentin, CA. Fantastic opportunity for the qualified certified RDA!...
Dental Assistant 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 conditions in a...
Our progressive dental practice is known for its state of the art care and exceptional service, where patients are treated on time, with consideration and respect. We are looking for an upbeat, clinical assistant to be a partner in this dynamic practice. We are looking for someone to help grow a world-class surgical team while promoting comprehensive restorative/aesthetic dentistry. A warm, friend...
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