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.
Dental Assistant , immediate opening.in this very nice family oriented dental practice ! Must have great personality , outgoing and willing to take instruction. Great smile's wanted! Integrity and desire to help others will make an excellent candidate. Must have Dental X-ray license. Entry level individuals may apply also. Please send resume and photo Id when applying. M- Thurs. 8-5 pm Salary comm...
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...
Growing Childrens Dental Office is seeking outgoing personalities for open Dental Assistant positions. We offer a great team environment with competitive pay! Due to our focus on children, you must feel comfortable in caring for our patients while always maintaining a professional attitude and standards. Requirements: You MUST be X-ray certified in the state of Arizona. You Must be bilingual Knowl...
Are you an experienced Dental Office Professional looking for a wonderful work environment and Fridays off? Award-winning Martinsburg, WV family dentistry practice is seeking an organized, detail-oriented team player to join the staff. This position is the ideal mix of front desk and chair side duties with every Friday off! A minimum of 2 years dental office experience using Dentrix is required. A...
State of the art endodontic practice looking for an experienced, friendly and team oriented dental assistant. We currently operate in two office locations in Clearwater, FL and Trinity, FL. Specialty training available to qualified assistants. Excellent opportunity for an assistant who: is dependable and punctual exhibits professionalism knowledge of digital radiography computer proficient, chartl...
Company Confidential Destin, FL, 32541
ASSISTANT NEEDED IN DESTIN FOR STATE OF THE ART PRACTICE Our growing practice is in search of a bright, well-organized, patient-oriented individual interested in offering excellent patient care in a clinical setting. Applicants should be reliable, mature and able to handle multiple tasks simultaneously. Strong computer skills and exceptional telephone and inter-personal communication skills a must...
Dental - Front Desk Assistant Office Administrator 4 days/week, Monday-Thursday, 8:15am-5:15pm. Modern, spacious, air-conditioned office in Union Square San Francisco. Private upscale established practice. DENTAL FRONT DESK AND DENTRIX EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Great work environment and excellent benefits. Fax resume to 415-398-3551 or email to *****....
Dental Assistant II Apex NC This is a permanent position At least two years of experience required Salary Based on Experience...
Dental Assistant - Per-diem 1 - 2 days per week (Ft Lauderdale) Job Description Summary Growing privately held multi-specialty medical organization with a network of clinics and surgical centers in three states is looking for an experienced Dental Assistant to work per-diem 1 or 2 days a week. Under general supervision from the Dentist, the Assistant supports dental operations by assisting the Den...
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...
Company Confidential Suttons Bay, 49682
Dental Assistant (P/T) Perform a variety of patient care, office and laboratory duties to include sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment; prepare and lay out the instruments and materials required to treat each patient, and obtain and update patient's dental records. Please submit letter of interest and resume to: Michael J. Teeple, Human Resources, 2605 NW Bay Shore Dr. Suttons Bay, MI...
North Broad Family Dental is looking for dental assistant experienced in all dental disciplines. NJ XR license required. Candidate must be fluent in Spanish and English. Experience with Dexis, Dentrix, computer entry of treatment plan and treatment rendered preferred. North Broad Family Dental is a general practice providing all dental disciplines including braces, root canal, prosthetics, oral su...
Looking for oral surgery dental assistant needed this is a full time position in Northbrook IL. Must have EXPERIENCE as a oral surgery dental assistant. Please call for more information 312-404-5370 General Dental Assistant position needed 1-2 days a week Tuesdays 10-7 and Wed. 8-3:30.Schedule is flexible Needs at least 3 years experience in restorative Dentistry Digital X-rays,Dentrix software, P...
Looking for an expanded functions dental assistant. The candidate must have these attributes to qualify for this job: superior work attendance, ABILITY TO DISCUSS TREATMENT PLANS WITH PATIENTS, must be able to make temporary crowns/bridges proficiently with attention to esthetics, must be able to work well with others and be a team player. MUST BE PROFICIENT WITH EAGLESOFT. MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE AS...
Company Confidential MONROEVILLE, 15146
CHAIRSIDE DENTAL ASSISTANT Monroeville office. Approx 30 hr/wk. Willing to train. Send resume to: 412-373-7779 or email: *****...
Company Confidential Ocala, FL, 34481
DENTAL/ORTHO ASSISTANT Looking for a F/T assistant with some Orthodontic knowledge. Great benefits and monthly bonuses available. Please attach cover letter with resume and Fax to 352-873-2002...
Company Confidential Tampa, 33626
Dental Assistant/Front Office. Exp'd for West Chase/Tampa Dental office. Fax 727-536-3310 ***** Reference Code:100412785702...
Company Confidential Beckley, 25801
Full Time Dental Assistant / Receptionist needed for busy practice. Some experience in dental assisting preferred, but not required. Must have excellent people and computer skills. Please send resume with salary requirements to: Box 432 c/o Beckley Newspapers P.O. Box 2398 Beckley, WV 25802 This job listing brought to you by The Register Herald...
Company Confidential DES PLAINES, IL, 60016
DENTAL ASSISTANT-Des Plns. Expd, friendly, motivated, communicator, computer exp. F-T incl. Mon. Eve and alt. Sat. 847-824-3633. Fax 847-824-8332 Posting provided by:...
FT Experienced Dental Assistant Beverly Area. Call 773-239-7258...
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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
Educates patients by giving oral hygiene, plaque control, and postoperative instructions.
Takes and records medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients; records treatment information in patient records.
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