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.

1000+ Dental Assistant jobs found on Monster.

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Established dental practice on Southwest side of Indianapolis is looking for an Expanded Function Dental Assistant to add to their team. Minimum of 2 years experience required. The ideal candidate must be proficient in all aspects of expanded functions, be self-motivated with the willingness to exceed patient expectations, and possess strong communication skills. Minimum Qualifications: Two(2) yea...
Position Overview Applications are currently being accepted from qualified candidates for a part-time Dental Assistant Instructor at Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College Rice Lake Campus. This position is scheduled for one day per week on Mondays and would also be expected to participate in appropriate meetings, faculty training and inservices. Required Core Abilities: WITC seeks to employ indiv...
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....
DENTAL ASSISTANT Full time, 3+ years experience, X-ray certified, with outstanding people skills. Benefits! Send resume to: Box 220, Erie Times-News, Erie, PA 16534-0001....
*Exp Certified Dental Hygienist Mon, Tues, & Thurs. *Certified Dental Assistant FT Position. Apply in Person w/ Resume at: Jim Axe, DDS 4903 82nd St. Ste 60...
Concorde Career Colleges, Inc. is a nationally recognized for-profit, post-secondary education company providing career training in the field of allied health, and we have an opening for a full-time Dental Assistant Program Director. Responsibilities include: Managing the instructors and the educational activities of the department and all classes both day and evening. Adherence to applicable accr...
Company Confidential Bethlehem, PA, 18017
About Us Gentle Family Dentistry provides the highest quality of dental care to the Bethlehem and Allentown, Pennsylvania area. We understand the benefits of promoting proper oral health, and providing efficient dental services in a friendly, caring, and professional environment. Responsibilities • Assist dentist during treatment • Assist with taking x-rays and other tasks • Prepare equipment • Sc...
DENTAL ASSISTANT Smile Center Dental (Central Austin location) and Smiles of Round Rock is looking for a dental assistant to join their friendly and enthusiastic team. Great pay + Benefits Please email or fax Maria C. Powers ***** (512) 832-8454 fax # (512) 832-8448 phone #...
Dental Assistant Are you a motivated self-starter looking for professional and personal fulfillment in your career? Do you want to be part of an organization that is interested in your professional growth? Seeking a group that’s dedicated to both quality care for its patients and a positive work place for its team members? Welcome to West Coast Dental! We are looking for experienced DA’s. We have...
Dental Assistant Are you a motivated self-starter looking for professional and personal fulfillment in your career? Do you want to be part of an organization that is interested in your professional growth? Seeking a group that’s dedicated to both quality care for its patients and a positive work place for its team members? Welcome to West Coast Dental! We are looking for experienced DA’s. We have...
Dental Assistant Full time. Drop off resume (do not mail) at Midwest Endodontics, 2709 Washington Ave, E’ville. Posting provided by:...
Company Confidential Beckley, 25801
Dental Assistant needed for a progressive practice in Shady Spring, WV. Full time position / 4 day work week. Experience preferred, but training is available for a dedicated and committed applicant. Please submit resume to: ***** or mail to: 479 Flat Top Road Shady Spring, WV 25918 This job listing brought to you by The Register Herald...
DENTAL ASSISTANT - FT with min of 5 yrs exp. in a general practice. Must have ability to make temporary crowns and pour models. Practice is small. Candidate must be a team player. Email resume to *****...
Norman, 73071
Expanding East Norman dental office is seeking qualified full time Certified Dental Assistant (CDA). East Norman Dental ***** This job listing brought to you by The Norman Transcript...
Company Confidential Wheeling, WV, 26003
Immediate Opening for part-time Dental Assistant. Please call 304-232-5101 provided by The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register...
Company Confidential Parkersburg, WV, 26101
Dental Assistant Full-time, experience preferred, but will train, must be friendly and computer skills required. Send resume to: PO Box 1581 Parkersburg WV 26102 provided by The Parkersburg News & Sentinel...
Dental Dental Assistant Part Time or Full time. Experienced preferred but will train. Send resume: PO Box 10, Garner, IA 50438...
Dental Assistant Needed for busy North Naples office. Must be a team player with at least 2 yrs experience. Good organizational skills & upbeat personality. Email cover letter and resume to: ***** or fax to (239) 597-9782. Posting provided by:...
Company Confidential Ocala, FL, 34481
Looking for experienced dental assistant for the west ocala area. 36 hours per week. Ideal candidate would be bilingual ( spanish), 5 years experience, knowledgable in removeable, computers- dentrix, and crown and bridge....
Dental Business Assistant We are looking for a great team member that would like to be part of a Dynamic and Growing Practice. Full-Time position and available immediately. Dental experience is a must! Responsible for answering telephones, greeting patients and checking them in, scheduling appointments and providing outstanding customer service. Must have some dental experience. Computer proficien...
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