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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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...
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...
Cincinnati Dental Services provides general and specialty dental care in our 6 convenient locations. We believe in delivering high quality, comprehensive dental care for our patients in a friendly, professional environment. In addition to pediatric and senior dental care, our doctors focus on different types of dental procedures to include major restorative, prosthetic treatment and oral surgery....
Wake Forest, 27587
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Company Confidential Kinston, 28501
Medical/Dental PART-TIME STERILIZATION TECH & DENTAL ASSISTANT Washing, sterilization, setting up of instruments and should be able to set up clean exam rooms. Some clinical experience preferred but will train the right person. PLEASE SEND RESUME TO: 2507 N. Queen Street Kinston, NC 28501...
Company Confidential Prescott, 86301
COME JOIN OUR awesome team. We are looking for an outgoing, multi-tasking dental assistant who is a good team player. Call Belit at 928-541-1000....
Company Confidential Mount Pleasant, MI, 48858
Growing dental office seeking enthusiastic and motivated dental assistant. CDA or RDA preferred, but not required. Competitive compensation and benefits available, commensurate upon experience. Please send resume to Box 192, c/o Morning Sun, 711 Pickard St., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858...
DENTAL RECEPTIONIST / ASSISTANT Front desk, insurance and dental assisting exp. required. Primary work as receptionist / insurance coordinator. Assist with X-rays & Dr as needed. ONLY candidates with dental office / insurance exp. will be considered. Great salary & exc. benefits. Email resume to *****...
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 Dental is a leader in the healthcare industry. The success of Familia Dental spans in 20 locations across multiple states an...
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...
Experienced full time Dental Assistant wanted for a rapidly expanding dental practice in Channahon. Experience preferred with knowledge using Dentrix and Dexis. Must be able to work evening hours. Professional, caring, people oriented applicants preferred. Email resume to: ***** Posting provided by:...
LEBANON DENTAL OFFICE Dental Assistant Seeking a conscientious, dependable , friendly team worker with dental assisting experience. Xray certificate preferred. Tuesday-Friday. Vacations, holidays and 401K. Send resume to: ***** First Published in Cox Media Group Ohio Newspapers on Apr 24, 2014...
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...
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...
Are you one in a million? We are looking for individuals who can bring ideas to life. The kinds who can make things happen with resources at hand. Healthcare has evolved and the complexity of each position brings new concepts allowing our company to grow. We believe that the best of companies are made with the best of people. Come grow with us and leave your footprint on the community. THIS IS A T...
Are you one in a million? We are looking for individuals who can bring ideas to life. The kinds who can make things happen with resources at hand. Healthcare has evolved and the complexity of each position brings new concepts allowing our company to grow. We believe that the best of companies are made of the best of the people. Come grow with us and leave your footprint on the community. Under the...
We have an opportunity for Dental Assistant position, at least 1 year experience required (Vocational School DOES NOT apply) -Must own reliable transportation to be able to commute between our three locations: *Los Angeles *Pacoima *Canyon Country -Excellent Patient interaction and high energy. -Great communication skills and Team player. -DENTRIX software experience preferred. -Computer skills in...
Kool Smiles is looking for a experienced Dental Assistant ready to make a difference in the lives of families. Although below is a description of what your job would entail, we want to emphasize that working at Kool Smiles is more than just a job. Kool Smiles is not your typical dentist office and working here is not your typical experience. You will thrive here if you are someone who wants to gro...
Company Confidential New York City, NY, 10019
Job Description Seeking* F/T Dental Assistant/Front End Asst. for a busy multi-specialty practice in Mid-town Manhattan. Must have Great Patient Service / Communication Skills, be self-motivated, energetic, able to work evening hours & Saturdays. For the assistant responsibilities - surgical experience a plus. Qualifications: Minimum 3 years relevant experience and HS diploma or equivalent. Must H...
Would you like to work 4 Days a Week and Get Major Bonuses? Do you possess a sunny, energetic attitude? Are you detailed and organized? Our Dental practice is looking for someone who is multi-talented and can help our practice and patients as a Dental Assistant. For the past 17 years, our practice has grown and thrived. Fortunately for you, this growth has created the demand for expanded staff. We...
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Dental Assistant

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$20,800.00 - $45,760.00
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Education / Training

Certification
33.6%
Some College Coursework Completed
20.2%
Vocational
15.2%
High School
9.7%
Associates
9.4%
Bachelor's
7.6%
Professional
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