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.
ENDODONTIC DENTAL ASSISTANT needed in established practice. Must be proficient at taking digital radiographs, working in a paperless office that is fast paced five days a week. Needs to be able to talk knowledgeably to patients about endodontic treatment. Please email your resume with contact information to *****...
Dental Smile Wanted! Our busy Wheaton practice is looking for an Experienced General Dental Assistant. We offer a team-oriented environment, excellent salary and benefits. Please fax resume to 630-653-8957 or Email: ***** Posting provided by:...
Company Confidential Amarillo, TX, 79166
DENTAL ASSISTANT Energetic, people-oriented person needed for busy group practice. Exp. is preferred, including Ortho. BENEFITS INCL: 401K/ HEALTH AND A POTENTIAL MONTHLY BONUS. FAX RESUME TO: 806-358-8882...
Experienced Dental Assistant or Orthodontic Assistant. Off on Friday afternoons. Email resume to ***** or fax to (706) 860-2100....
EXCEPTIONAL DENTAL ASSISTANT. Experienced Dental Assistant needed for a fun-filled progressive Cosmetic and Implant Dental Practice. Three to four weeks paid vacation in first year. We are looking forward to meeting you and considering you for a position on Lubbock's Premier Dental Team! Send resume to: 4221 85th. 79423 (806)794-4500...
Description 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 Receptionist. This highly sought after position is a well-respected role. Familia Development & Management is a leader in the healthcare industry. The success of Familia Development & Managem...
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...
DENTAL ASSISTANT Assistance with all dentistry functions to include x-rays, fillings, extractions, taking impressions, bite registrations, imaging, design, polish and implanting crowns and bridges, root canal procedures, and assist with oral surgery. Handle instrument sterilization, inventory, client instruction and general dentistry practices. Requirements: Previous Dental Assisting experience (5...
Dental Assistant DENTAL ASST. w/exp. Must be friendly and people oriented. Call 586-978-2042 or fax resume to 586-978-2505...
Company Confidential KNOXVILLE, TN, 37919
General Dentistry practice in Anderson County seeking a full time Registered Dental Assistant. Experience required. Email resume to: ***** Posting provided by:...
TIMESUNION.COM JOBS DENTAL ASSISTANT - ALBANY FT for expd dental assistant. Must have excellent communication skills, Team player, motivated, friendly is essential. Benefites included. Email resume to: ***** or call 518-438-2970....
Company Confidential Marietta, OH, 45750
WE'RE GROWING AGAIN!! Full time Dental Assistant position available in a very busy and rapidly growing practice. This is a fantastic career for a kind, caring, people-person who is outgoing & determined. The work is rewarding and stable. Experience preferred but will train the right person. Estimated starting pay $9 -$15/hr based on experience. Send a resume to: ***** provided b...
Dental Assistant, F/T, 4-day work week! Are you a responsible, reliable chair-side assistant? We are looking for the right person to complete our team. X-ray certification & experience preferred. Send resume and cover letter to: Kelly McDougall, c/o Daniel R. Ravin, DMD, 40 Hannaford Dr., Scarborough, ME 04074 883-7887, more info @ www.Ravindental.com This listing brought to you by MaineJobs.com...
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 simple way that...
We are currently recruiting dental assistants and dental hygienists with at least two years of experience. We have subbing opportunities in dental practices throughout northeastern Ohio. Radiographer's license is required. Dental Assistants: Experience assisting chairside, sterilization of instruments, room set-up and break down, assisting the Doctor, taking x-rays, and developing patient rapport...
Lansing New York New Wave People is looking for a Part-Time Dental Assistant in Lansing , New York. Need is for dental assisting duties. 1 day per week, Friday 8 hour shift Job Description: Assist Dentist, set up patient room and equipment and keep records....
Dental Assistant for a Pediatric Dental Office. Expanded Duties are required. Bilingual. This is a full time position in South Miami, Florida. Please fax or email your resume to: 305-666-0612 or *****...
Looking for an expanded functions dental assistant/IV Sedation trained assistant(past Oral Surgery or any dental office providing IV conscious sedation) The candidate must have these attributes to qualify for this job: superior work attendance, ABILITY TO DISCUSS TREATMENT PLANS WITH PATIENTS, must be able to make temporary crowns/bridges proficiently with attention to esthetics, must be able to w...
Company Confidential Panama City, 32401
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Dental (front office) business assistant needed in Plainfield, IL. Part time. Knowledge of Dentrix preferred. Please send resume to: ***** Posting provided by:...
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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 patient appearance and ability to masticate by fabricating temporary restorations; cleaning and polishing removable appliances.
Pours, trims, and polishes study casts; makes preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
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