Dental Assistant Jobs

Dental Assistant Overview


Dental Assistants work side-by-side with dentists, and they also have a variety of administrative duties in a dental office. They are sometimes responsible for scheduling appointments, keeping records and taking X-rays of patients' mouths. Dental Assistants are also responsible for sterilizing dental equipment and making sure that patients are comfortable. Dental Assistants prepare patients for dental procedures and are usually in charge of performing work like coronal polishing, sealant application, fluoride application and topical anesthetics application. Assistants must be detail-oriented and exhibit good communication skills because they will be working directly with the public. Similar positions include Dental Hygienist Jobs.

Dental Assistant Education Requirements


One may become a Dental Assistant after completing a technical training program, which is usually offered at community college. Some programs last one year, and others may last two. Such programs include hands-on training with dentists to help prepare students for the workforce. However, one does not necessarily have to complete a formal training program to become a Dental Assistant. In some cases, one may simply have a high school diploma and learn required duties through on-the-job training. Some regions require Dental Assistants to pass exams to complete certain tasks, like coronal polishing.

Dental Assistant Job Market


The job outlook for this field is especially promising because the demand for Dental Assistants is expected to increase by 25 percent between 2012 and 2022, which is much faster than the average increase for all occupations. The increasing demand for Dental Assistants can be attributed to ongoing research that links dental health to overall general health.

Dental Assistant Salary


The median annual wage for Dental Assistants is $35,080. Dental Assistants in the highest-earning percentile make as much as $47,580 annually, and they typically work for insurance carriers, specialty hospitals, federal executive branches, facility support services and state government agencies. Most Dental Assistants are employed by dentists' offices, outpatient care centers, physicians' offices and other health care services.
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Position Description: The Registered Dental Assistant is the liaison between the dentist and the patient. They maintain communication with the dentist, patient, and the front office staff to ensure that the patient receive the ultimate patient experience. The Registered Dental Assistant assists the dentist chairside during treatment procedures, performing all assisting duties permitted by law. Key...
Position Description: The Dental Assistant is the liaison between the dentist and the patient. They maintain communication with the dentist, patient, and the front office staff to ensure that the patient receive the ultimate patient experience. The Dental Assistant assists the dentist chairside during treatment procedures, performing all assisting duties permitted by law. Job Responsibilities/Duti...
Position Description: The Dental Assistant is the liaison between the dentist and the patient. They maintain communication with the dentist, patient, and the front office staff to ensure that the patient receive the ultimate patient experience. The Dental Assistant assists the dentist chairside during treatment procedures, performing all assisting duties permitted by law. Job Responsibilities/Duti...
Position Description: The Dental Assistant is the liaison between the dentist and the patient. They maintain communication with the dentist, patient, and the front office staff to ensure that the patient receive the ultimate patient experience. The Dental Assistant assists the dentist chairside during treatment procedures, performing all assisting duties permitted by law. Job Responsibilities/Duti...
Position Description: The Dental Assistant is the liaison between the dentist and the patient. They maintain communication with the dentist, patient, and the front office staff to ensure that the patient receive the ultimate patient experience. The Dental Assistant assists the dentist chairside during treatment procedures, performing all assisting duties permitted by law. Job Responsibilities/Duti...
Position Description: The Dental Assistant is the liaison between the dentist and the patient. They maintain communication with the dentist, patient, and the front office staff to ensure that the patient receive the ultimate patient experience. The Dental Assistant assists the dentist chairside during treatment procedures, performing all assisting duties permitted by law. Job Responsibilities/Duti...
A Dental Assistant supports and assists providers with patient care. It is essential to be able to lead, be flexible, friendly, have a “can do” personality and work in a timely fashion. In addition, a Dental Assistant must display open communication to co-workers and a commitment to patient satisfaction. Essential Responsibilities: Understand and demonstrate proper sterilization, biohazard and inf...
Fusion Dental is a premier, community-focused practice committed to providing you with the highest quality dental care in the most gentle, proficient and professional manner possible. Our seven offices throughout Maryland and Virginia offer convenient locations and extended hours to suit your family’s busy lifestyle. We provide the full range of dental services for patients of all ages, from filli...
Dental Dreams is now hiring a Dental Assistant to join our talented and dedicated team. Responsibilities: • Work under the general supervision and guidance of a dentist • Provide chair side assistance to the Dentist during dental examinations and treatment • Charting during dental examination • Take and process X-rays • Sterilize and maintain instruments, as well as the Sterilization Area • Set up...
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 spans in 20...
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 spans in 20...
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 spans in 20...
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 spans in 20...
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 spans in 20...
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 spans in 20...
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 spans in 20...
Company Confidential Traverse City, 49686
Dental Assistant Traverse City office looking for part-time dental assistant/front desk. Please send resume to P.O. Box 5248, Traverse City, MI 49686 This job listing brought to you by The Traverse City Record Eagle...
We are looking for a part time/ full time, dental assistant in a high end, multispecialty dental office in Glendale ca. The Dental Assistant needs to have at least three years of experience. responsibilities, know how to do: -chairside assistant with restorations, prosthodontics, implants, orthodontist, and etc, -make temporary crowns, -adjust dentures -sterilization of dental equipment -polish te...
Company Confidential Scranton, PA, 18504
DENTAL ASSISTANT Exciting opportunity for a dedicated, team-oriented individual to support our growing pediatric dental family.​ Experience required. X-ray & CPR certification. Your positive support and commitment includes: *Preparing/​breaking down treatment rooms.​ *Welcoming and comforting our patients.​ Providing information to patients, parents, and answering questions and requests.​ *Sterili...
Busy Dental offices in need of a Dental Receptionist and Dental Assistant and Orthodontic Assistant Full Time Dental Receptionist and Dental Assistant and Orthodontic Assistant 3 years of experience in the dental field is required Cross-trained is a plus Knowledge of Dentix software is required *Spanish speaking is preferred Great working environment Excellent Pay Monthly Bonus and Incentives...
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Dental Assistant

Salaries

$20,800.00 - $45,760.00
Typical Salary for Dental Assistant
(639 Respondents)
Source: Monster.com Careerbenchmarking Tool

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
2.5%
(277 Respondents)
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