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 TOLEDO, OH, 43617
DENTAL ASSISTANT Full time, experience preferred, for progressive Sylvania/Toledo office. Motivated candidates should call 419-474-5858....
2 Positions DENTAL ASSISTANT & DENTAL FRONT DESK Excellent Benefits. Full Time for a growing practice in Amherst, NY. Call 716-480-4125. Fax 716-693-7028....
Dental Assistant FT or PT. Dental Assistant position is located in the University of Florida's Naples Clinic. Assists dentist, dental hygienist, or dental resident in screening/prevention services for patients, assists with portable dental equipment set-up for school-based dental sealant program; chairside assisting; recording for dental screening/examinations. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)...
Company Confidential ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, IL, 60004
Dental Assistant FT ,exp. for Pedo Dental practice in Arl Hts. Must enjoy working with kids. We are a growing practice who cares about our dental team. Fax 847-870-7837 Posting provided by:...
Dental Assistant Full time experienced dental assistant. Must be dependable, detail oriented and familiar with dentrix software. Please send resume to: Dental Office 99 Rosemar Rd Parkersburg, WV 26104 provided by The Parkersburg News & Sentinel...
Experienced Dental Assistant Full time, $15 an hour & up depending upon qualifications, plus benefits. X-ray certification required. Dr. Byrne (605) 342-1200...
Dental HELP WANTED Growing dental office is searching for a Full Time Registered Dental Assistant to join a great dental team. Please send resume to: Berryman Family Dentistry 228 First Ave. SE Oelwein, IA 50662...
Company Confidential Erie, PA, 16505
DENTAL Busy dental office looking to fill the following full time positions: DENTAL ASSISTANT - Must be CPR and X-ray certified, experience preferred. FRONT DESK - Knowledge in SoftDent software and insurance claims preferred. Flexible schedule & benefits offered. Send resume to: Box 108 Erie Times-News Erie, PA 16534-0001...
DENTAL ASSISTANT FULL TIME BETHLEHEM PA 18020 We Invite You To Join An Outstanding & Fun High-Tech, Cosmetic, & Restorative Bethlehem Practice. A rare opportunity exists for you to work in an environment where you will be truly appreciated for your personal involvement and talent. If you enjoy making a patient's complete dental experience a positive one, we would love to talk with you to discuss h...
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 *****...
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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.
Rate of Growth
Size of Industry in 2006:
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2006
Creating a Safe, Effective Environment
Dental Health Maintenance
Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and protocols.
Takes and records medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients; records treatment information in patient records.
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