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.
Company Confidential YUBA CITY, CA, 95991
Dental Assistant Part-time, Tues., Thurs. & Fri. X-ray lic req. Fax resume to: 530-742-0736This ad posted through www.appealdemocrat.com...
Celeste Sloop DDS Chapel Hill, 27514
Medical/Dental Dental Assistant II (Expanded Duties) Needed for Chapel Hill general dental office. Full-Time, 4 days/week, minimum 2 years experience, nonsmoker. Must be proficient in CR/BR. Send resume to: 202 Henderson St. Chapel Hill, NC 27514 Ph: 919-942-3566, ***** Fax: 919 929 8424...
Company Confidential Morganton, NC, 28655
PT DENTAL ASSISTANT I OR II Seeking reliable, self-starter and detail-oriented team player. CALL 828-448-1647 As Posted in the Carolina Classified Marketplace...
Dental Assistant Dental Assistant for prosthodontic dental office. 1.Sterilize, maintain instruments 2.Stock operatories with supplies, replace burs 3.Clean patient rooms, disinfect room, sterilize instruments 4.Set up rooms for patients 5.Welcome and bring patients to the operatory. 6.Take impressions to the in-office lab 7.Clean lab, doctor's work spaces, clean the lab once a week 8.Clean lathe...
Company Confidential Winston Salem, NC, 27127
Dental (Orthodontic) Assistant - FT - DAII or CDA (Winston Salem, NC) Compensation: Will be based on level of knowledge and experience. Our busy orthodontic practice seeks an experienced Assistant who is enthusiastic, dependable, and committed to high quality care. Must work well with others. Competitive compensation package. Requirements: DAII/CDA , NC X-ray Certification, Current CPR card Full-t...
Company Confidential Jacksonville, FL, 32231
DENTAL ASSISTANT NEEDED Riverside Area Call (904)384-0383...
Company Confidential The Villages, FL, 32159
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....
DENTAL ASSISTANT: Expd. Mondays, 8-5. Northtowns area. $13/hr. Call 693-3719 or fax resume to 693-3720....
Dental Assistant Needed in Endodontic Practice in our Putnam CT location. This is a 3 day week and applicant needs to be Radiology Certified. Please email responses to: *****...
Registered Dental Assistant Community Healthcare Center is seeking a TX Registered Dental Assistant to assist the dentist, perform x-rays, take impressions, ensure optimal patient comfort, sterilize instruments, practice infection control, and chart clinical findings. Must be HIPAA and OSHA compliant. Computer skills a must. Previous experience and bilingual strongly desired. CPR required. Please...
New England Dental Danbury, 06810
DENTAL ASSISTANT needed for our Danbury office. Experience a must. Email *****...
FT Dental Assistant Radiology certified needed, experience with Dentrix helpful. email resume to: *****...
Job Description: Primary job duties include maintaining the cleanliness of supplies, equipment and working area. Monitoring the stocking and distribution of supplies and equipment. Seeking repair of equipment as necessary. Great deal of diplomacy in dealing with doctors, students, patients, co-workers and other school departments. Perform other duties as needed. Completion of a certified dental as...
Adjunct Dental Assisting Instructor Needed Are you ready to INSPIRE? Are you ready to CHANGE LIVES? Are you ready to MAKE YOUR CAREER COUNT? THEN JOIN THE ANTHEM EDUCATION GROUP AND START MAKING A DIFFERENCE TODAY! Anthem Education has been dedicated to making a difference in our students’ lives for over 100 years and is committed to providing the next generation with the skills necessary to be su...
DENTAL/ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT We are looking to fill 2 separate positions in our New Hyde Park orthodontic office ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT • Must have hands-on orthodontic assisting experience • F/T or P/T • Must be enthusiastic, highly professional with a cheerful personality JR. ORTHODONTIC ASSISTANT • Position includes seating patients and sterilizing instruments. • Must be enthusiastic, highly pro...
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 Assistant. 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 & Management...
Company Confidential New York City, NY, 10019
Experienced Dental Assistant for Midtown, High End, Quality, Fee for Service Office. 2 P/T positions: M,W 8AM to 6:30PM, Fri 8AM to 5PM OR T,Th 8AM to 6:30PM - Strong English verbal and written communication skills, other languages a plus - Well Organized and Personable - Exp. 4 handed assisting (General, Prosthodontics) - Exp. Digital Xrays (Dexis) - Exp. Dental Software (Softdent) - Good phone m...
Company Confidential Merrillville, IN, 46410
Dental Assistant-Merrillville-Full Time- Our patient centered practice is looking for an experienced, energetic and dependable assistant to join our team. X-ray certification a must. 4 day week with benefits. Email resume to *****. All inquires kept confidential....
Job Title: Dental Assistant (DA) Job Level: Specialist Status: Full-time or Part-time Salary: Competitive Hourly Rate Company Description: Founded in 1991, United Dental Group is the largest dental network in South Korea with 100+ locations and plans to open many more. UDG opened its first US office in California in 2007 and currently has operations in New York, Washington DC and Virginia. We are...
Job Title: Registered Dental Assistant Job Level: Specialist Status: Full-time or Part-time Salary: Competitive Hourly Rate Company Description: Founded in 1991, United Dental Group is the largest dental network in South Korea with 100+ locations and plans to open many more. UDG opened its first US office in California in 2007 and currently has operations in New York, Washington DC and Virginia. W...
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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 dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level; anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying receipt of supplies.
Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
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