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.

1000+ Dental Assistant jobs found on Monster.

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Company Confidential Prescott, 86301
F/T DENTAL ASSISTANT. Good natured, hard working, and upbeat personality. Minimum 1 yr experience. Prescott. Fax 1-928-436-2046, *****...
DENTAL ASSISTANT Busy established W. Dearborn family dental practice needs exp’d chairside assistant to join our staff. Full time, excellent salary and benefits. Call Lori 313-277-8900 Click to apply at:
Company Confidential PITTSBURGH, 15236
Dental Assistant (Chairside) 20-25 hrs/wk. Pleasant Hills/Century III area. Fax resume: 412-655-4158...
DENTAL ASSISTANT - Kool Smiles is looking for a dynamic full-time Registered Dental Assistant for our Evansville, IN Kool Smiles location. All candidates must be State Registered X-ray certified, active CPR, Dental Assistants. Expanded Duties and DANB certifications are a plus. We pay competitive wages and offer great benefits. For more information go to, job code #5249. Pos...
FULL-TIME DENTAL ASSISTANT Fast paced dental office is looking for a full-time (36 hrs./ wk.) Dental Assistant. Experience is a plus, but not mandatory, must be willing to train. Duties to include: assisting the doctor by setting up treatment rooms, keeping treatment rooms clean and supplied, tool sharpening and sterilizing, ordering supplies, seating and accommodating patients, keeping accurate c...
Part-time Registered Dental Assistant for Endodontic office. Send resume c/o Witt & Taylor, 2466 E. Kimberly Rd, Suite B, Davenport, IA 52807....
Dental Registered Dental Assistant Drs Tesene, Maurer & Maurer is looking for a sincere, caring Registered Dental Assistant to join our team. Responsibilities include patient interaction and chair side duties. If you enjoy working with people in a high-paced and rewarding environment, please send resume with cover letter to: Attn: Office Manager, Drs Tesene, Maurer & Maurer, 55 State Street, Garne...
Dental Assistant Full Time. General dentist in Medford NJ is seeking a licensed Registered Dental Assistant with an X-ray license. CEREC experience recommended. Great hours. Benefits. You can respond to this ad by faxing a cover letter along with your resume to: 609-953-8669 or email: ***** All info will remain confidential.
PART TIME DENTAL ASSISTANT NEEDED FOR BUSY DENTAL PRACTICE. Experience required. Hrs will vary week to week ranging from 12 to 28 hrs. Wednesdays, Fridays plus every other Monday and Tuesday. One Saturday morning per month. Please submit resume to *****...
Company Confidential Mayfield Village, OH, 44143
Dental Assistant Mayfield private practice. Experienced, caring DA w/x-ray license. 30-34hrs/wk. Resume to ***** Click to apply by EMAIL =...
DENTAL ASSISTANT Immediate position, East Suburban office, experience or associate degree preferred. Send resume via fax 412-823-6556, email: *****, or call 412-823-4474 between 9 am & 4 pm....
Star Orthodontics is looking for a friendly, energetic Dental and/or Orthodontic Assistant. In office training program. Computer skills needed. Full-time Tuesday through Saturday. Benefits. Fax resume to 361-986-7184 or email to *****...
Dental Assistant Oral Surgery - Round Rock. OS Asst. experience preferred, current TX RDA cert. required. Excellent comp, benefits, PTO & 401(k). Fax resume to 512-368-2522 or e-mail to *****...
Dental Assistant Looking for a dental assistant in our busy office. Applicant must be willing to work a flexible Schedule including some evenings. If interested please drop off resume @ 117 West Cherry St Palmyra PA 17078...
Kent, 06757
DENTAL ASSISTANT: Experienced chair side assistant wanted F/T. Call 860 927-4430 and leave message, or send resume to: P.O. Box 40, Kent,CT 06757....
DENTAL ASSISTANT needed for family dental practice in Coventry. Full time opportunity for an experienced hardworking person with references. Benefits Vacation, 401K. Email resume to: *****...
Newcastle, 73065
Chairside Dental Assistant needed for a pleasant, small town, well established, private dental practice. Competitive salary and benefit package. Experience required. M-W 8:30-5:00 & Thurs. 7:00-4:00. Send resume to ***** This job listing brought to you by The Chickasha Express Star...
Dental Assistant An experienced, full to part time temporary, contingent dental assistant is needed. Our dental facilities include: Temperance, Adrian and Carleton. Duties to include: direct peatient care, scheduling appointments and data entry. Candidate must demonstrate excellent interpersonal and communication skills. competitive wage and benefit package available. Fax resume to: (734) 654-2535...
Full time dental assistant needed. We are looking for a detail oriented, self-motivated individual with excellent listening and communication skills to join our team. Previous dental experience a plus. Send resume to: Dr. Dean Troyer, DDS, 4301 Huntoon, Suite 2, Topeka, KS 66604 or fax to: 785-273-4297....
Dental Assistant/Technician Approximately 30 Hrs. per week. Experienced preferred. PAX- Ray Certified. Email Resume to ***** or Fax 5702267499...
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