Dental Assistant Jobs
Dental Assistant Employment Information
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.
Dental Assistant PT/FT McHenry County Office ***** Posting provided by:...
Description Are you looking for a new opportunity to build your resume, grow in your career, use your management or dental experience to gain a better paying job? You can be a part of a successful and growing dental organization. Familia Dental has a great opportunity for a dynamic Dental Receptionist/ Dental Assistant. This highly sought after management position is a well-respected role. Familia...
Company Confidential Kirkland, IL, 60146
Experienced dental assistant needed for a busy & caring general dental office. Assistant duties include but not limited to: 1. Assisting the doctor during procedures 2. Taking digital x-rays 3. Sterilization 4. Taking alginate impressions and pour models 5. Computer skills (SoftDent a plus) Needs to have good communication skills, dependable, motivated, friend attitude, able to multitask and a tea...
Well established dental office seeking an experienced Dental Assistant for a 3 1/2 - 4 day work week. Passionate & dedicated employee must have leadership & organizational skills. Duties include chairside, computer entry, lab work, treatment coordination & financial discussions. The right individual can start at $22/hr based on exp. Submit all inquires: ***** or fax 815-433...
Dental Assistant Active established Northwest Knoxville office need enthusiastic and caring dental assistant. If you are dependable organized possess and a caring manner please fax resume to: 938-6454. Posting provided by:...
DENTAL ASSISTANT for oral surgery office. Must have prior exper. and X-ray certification. Email resume to: ***** or mail to Dr. Baldassarre 404 Riverway Place, Bedford, NH 03110. This listing brought to you by New Hampshire Union Leader...
Company Confidential Franklin, 46131
Expanded Duties Dental Assistant - PT Fast paced dentrix digital state of the art family practice. Experienced only considered. ***** or fax to: 317-535-7142...
Company Confidential Columbus, 47201
Full-Time DENTAL ASSISTANT Change lives for the better. Major dental company looking for an experienced Dental Assistant for busy North Vernon office. CPR cert, coronal polish, & X-ray license required. Great benefits and pay! Fax resume to (714) 200-0574 or email to BNDRecruiting@ brightnow.com. EOE...
A fast paced dental office is looking for an experienced certified EFDA dental assistant. The ideal candidate must be self motivated, friendly, have a positive attitude and be a team player. Experience is required, radiograph certification necessary, and computer skills highly recommended. Location : Highland IN Compensation : Based on experience Principals only: No recruiters Please, NO phone cal...
Opportunity to help people and work directly with people one on one in a health care environment as a dental assistant. Perform delegated tasks that are both stimulating and engaging. Must enjoy working with people and be good with hands. Excellent opportunity to express artistic hand skills. Great income potential with a practice that rewards initiative. Please contact by email with resume, quali...
DENTAL ASSISTANT/EFDA At Fixari Family Dental, we focus on building a foundation of trust by treating each of our patients as special individuals. We are devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of their smiles using conservative, state-of-the-art treatment. We have a high standard of excellence in personalized care that enables us to provide the quality dental services our patients h...
Matrix Providers has a need for a Dental Assistant to work at Tinker AFB, OK. Position Responsibilities: Assists dental officer with patient treatment. Receives patient, examines dental record, and prepares patient for treatment. Adjusts dental chair, and selects and arranges instruments and medications. Takes and records blood pressure. Assists in managing emergency procedures. Retracts tissues a...
Odessa MCM Family Dental Cent Odessa, 79762
Medical PART-TIME, CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT FOR ORTHO 4-6 DAYS PER MONTH. Bring Resume: MCM Dental Practice 4101 E. 42nd (Inside the Music City Mall) 363-4867 FOR INTERVIEW...
Registered Dental Assistant performs a variety of dental assisting duties while promoting a safe and cleanly environment for quality dental care. These duties include, but are not limited to, assisting the doctor; teaching the patients how to care for their teeth; communicating effectively with patients (or parents if patient is a child); maintaining equipment and inventory; cleaning, sterilizing,...
Position Summary Reporting directly to the Managing Clinical Director, the Dental Assistant performs a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. The Dental Assistant works chair side making patients feel as comfortable as possible, prepare them for treatment, obtain their dental records and instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care. This particular position will...
DENTAL ASSISTANT Experience preferred, benefits incl. Send Resume to J.David Cross, DDS 2904 Greenbriar Dr. Springfield, IL 62704...
Company Confidential Dalton, 30720
Hiring experienced Dental Assistant. Please email resume to ***** This job listing brought to you by The Daily Citizen...
Dental Asst needed. The Dental Suite is looking to hire a self motivated, friendly and reliable dental assistant. Experience preferred. Full-time and Part-time available. Benefits offered. Resumes can be dropped off at 3000 N 14th St Ste 2D, Bismarck. 255-0469....
Confidential Sebring, 33870
DENTAL ASSISTANT - FULL-TIME FRONT DESK- FULL -TIME Busy office in Avon Park/Sebring. Contact Amanda 863-382-9090...
Company Confidential Moultrie, GA, 31768
DENTAL OFFICE RECEPTIONIST/ORTHODONIST ASSISTANT JOB PURPOSE: Maintains dental office operations by receiving and distributing communications; serving customers; scheduling dental appointments for customers; able to produce orthodontist assistant duties. SKILLS/QUALIFICATIONS: Seeking experienced bilingual (Spanish/English) speaking office assistant (non spanish speaking candidates should apply as...
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$20,800.00 - $45,760.00
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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
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Dental Health Maintenance
Pours, trims, and polishes study casts; makes preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining cpr certification, emergency drug and oxygen supply, and emergency telephone directory.
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