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.
Company Confidential VALDOSTA, GA, 31602
DENTAL ASSISTANT Experience preferred. Willing to train. Email resume to: ***** No phone calls....
CERTIFIED OR EXPERINCED (+2 YEAR) DENTAL ASSISTANT FOR GENERAL DENTIST IN UPSCALE MIDTOWN OFFICE WITH AMPLE EXPERINCE IN ENDO NEEDED. IMMEDIATE PERMANENT POSITION. CONVENIENT AND SUITABLE HOURS: MONDAY-THURSDAY: 8:00AM-5:00PM, FRIDAYS 9-1PM. NO WEEKENDS. COMPENSATION DEPENDS ON EXPERIENCE MUST HAVE AT LEAST 2-3 YEARS CURRENT EXPERIENCE IN A HOPSITAL,CLINIC OR DENTIST OFFICE IN 4 HANDED DENTISTRY S...
CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT AND DENTAL FRONT DESK RECEPTIONIST WANTED IN WEST HEMPSTEAD PRACTICE. *ASSISTANT MUST HAVE MIN. 1-3 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE IN 4 HANDED DENTISTRY STERILIZATION;DIGITAL AND TRADITIONAL X-RAYS;PREPARING AND RESTORING MATERIALS AND DENTAL CEMENTS; ARRANGING INSTRUMENTS AND MATERIALS CHAIRSIDE TRAY;EXPERIENCE ASSISTING THE DENTIST; BASIC DENTRIX KNOWLEDGE; MAINTAIN SAFE AND CLEA...
Position Summary: 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 D...
Dental Assistant – Endodontic Practice Full Time - Hours 7:45 a.m. - close (4 day work week) Office Location: Craycroft/Oracle/Green Valley Job Description: 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 environment. Assist the doctor, teach patients how to care for their teeth, communicat...
Company Confidential Livonia, MI, 48154
We are looking for a friendly, outgoing, and fun dental assistant to join our busy Livonia dental practice. A minimum of 2 years experience is required. If you are good with people and not afraid to learn new ideas then you may just be the new member of our amazing team!...
Company Confidential Greenville, SC, 29607
ABOUT US Our office is looking for a motivated dental assistant who is knowledgeable in all aspects of general dentistry. We are looking for someone who is a team player, has great time management skills, is familiar with ordering, seeing multiple patients and emergencies. ABOUT THE JOB You MUST be National Board Certified, X-ray certified and nitrous certified. Our office hours are Monday through...
Company Confidential KNOXVILLE, TN, 37919
Dental Assistant needed for part time position in West Knoxville specialty practice. Please fax resume to 865-560-1278. Posting provided by:...
Full Time Dental Assistant Location: East Mesa Common Procedures Include: Fillings, Crowns, Root Canals, Implant Restorations, Partials, Dentures. Skills Needed: X-Ray Certification, Taking Impressions, Pouring Up Models, Making Temporary Crowns on Adults, Assisting in Common Dental Procedures, Including Root Canals. Minimum 2 Years of Working Experience with References Already an Established Dent...
Company Confidential Pittsburgh, PA, 15235
DENTAL ASSISTANT Immediate position, East Suburban office, experience or associate degree preferred. Send resume via fax 412-823-6556, email: levinedental@ verizon.net, or call 412-823-4444 between 9 am & 4 pm....
Brookwood Dental 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 January 11 - March 15, 2014. The "Early Bird" deadline is December 11, 2013. This job listing brought to you by The North Jeffe...
LAKESIDE FAMILY DENTAL Spring Hill, 34606
DENTAL ASSISTANT Experienced & Certified for Busy General Practice in Spring Hill 352-686-1122 Reference Code:100407782501...
Company Confidential Hollidaysburg, PA, 16648
Dental Assistant Seeking an experienced Dental Assistant for our Hollidaysburg Endodontic practice. Part-time with benefits/hiring bonus. Fax cover letter & resume to: Dr. Michanowicz 814-696-1800 provided by The Altoona Mirror...
Make your job matter - Join us in making a difference in our patients' lives, every day. We can offer you a place to make a difference in peoples' lives - and that's what matters. Rewarding careers start here. Dental Assistant 64 hrs / 2 wks Inpatient Supervisor 60-72 hrs / 2 wks Prep Cook 72 hrs / 2 wks Registered Dietician 40 hrs/2 wks Sterile Processing Technician 72 hrs / 2 wks Surgical Techni...
Company Confidential Atlanta, GA, 30339
About Us Looking for a dental assistant with 3+years experience and knowledge of prosthodontics a big plus. Monday-Friday, long hours, great benefits, not afraid of a challenge. Responsibilities • Assist dentist during treatment • Assist with taking x-rays and other tasks • Ensure the office and laboratory run smoothly • Greet patients • Keep treatment and payment records • Prepare equipment • Pre...
Company Confidential Sandy Lake, 16145
Chair side Dental Assistant needed full time. Private dental practice. Experience and Xray certification would be preferred but not required. Send resume to: info@ sandylakedental.com This job listing brought to you by The Sharon Herald...
Company Confidential Sandy Lake, 16145
CHAIRSIDE DENTAL ASSISTANT needed full time in a private dental practice. Experience and x-ray certification would be preferred but not required. Send resume to: ***** This job listing brought to you by The Meadville Tribune...
Company Confidential Jamestown, NY, 14701
Dynamic personable DENTAL ASSISTANT Needed in Jamestown PT-FT Experience preferred. Send Resumes to: Box# DE-912 C/O Post Journal PO BOX 190 Jamestown, NY 14701 provided by The Jamestown Post-Journal...
Community Health Center Of the Black Hills has a full-time, fully benefited position for a certified dental assistant. Must have current radiography license and expanded function registration with SD Dental board. Fax resume to Human Resources at (605)-394-5217....
DENTAL ASSISTANT, PEDIATRIC Looking for a high energy person with leadership qualities to join our successful team. MUST have at least 3+ yrs dental experience. Warm and friendly environment with great benefits. If you are looking for a permanent job opportunity and have excellent work ethics, please email resume to: ***** Attn: Dr Vij Check our office on our website @ www.dentist4kidz...
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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
Documents dental care services by charting in patient records.
Prepares patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping patient.
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