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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Front Office Administrator Bay State Endodontics has an opening for a Front Office Administrator for our new office opening in August in Walpole. The ideal candidate will have experience in a dental office, a passion for helping patients and the skill and experience to help grow a new practice. Qualified candidates must have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, be computer literate,...
Established dental practice searching for a full-time, reliable and experienced dental assistant. Must have dental radiology certification. Some front desk and computer experience is a plus. Must be dedicated to the profession and patient care. At least one year of dental assisting experience is required. Please reply with thorough resume outlining experience and any occupation-related education v...
Company Confidential Saint Louis, MO, 63125
South County general dentistry office is seeking a full time dental assistant. A minimum of 1.5 years experience is required with knowledge of Dentrix G4/G5. We use digital x-rays, digital pano and intraoral cameras. We need someone with the skills to walk in and go to work. Outgoing personality and a big smile are a must. Monday thru Thursday no nights or weekends. We are close to I 55 and I 270...
Company Confidential Mansfield, MA, 02048
Front Desk Receptionist/Dental Assistant (Mansfield MA) compensation: Competitive Salary Part-Time Dental Assistant/Front Desk Receptionist needed for busy dental practice. -Looking for a reliable, honest, and dedicated person to fill this position. Person of interest must have a flexible schedule and be able to perform dental assistant duties as well as front desk duties. Knowledge of Dentrix sof...
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...
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. Bilingual Dental Assistan...
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 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...
Expanding dental practice seeking full-time experienced DENTAL ASSISTANT. Fax resume to 313-386-9550 or email to: ***** Click to apply by EMAIL =...
Company Confidential Valparaiso, IN, 46384
DENTAL Pediatric Dental Office is seeking experienced DENTAL ASSISTANT Expanded Function a plus. 25-30 hours per week. Send resume to specialty-dentalassistant@ hotmail.com...
Our Glendale private practice is looking for a dynamic dental assistant to be a part of our team. Personality is a MUST. We need a bright and friendly person who really listens to our patient’s needs. We understand that to sustain a long-lasting patient base, you have to be bright and enthusiastic with excellent communication skills. We are seeking a real professional that is outgoing and supporti...
Bradley Dental is now hiring dental assistants. Bilingual Spanish/English preferred, please specify if you speak fluent Spanish on your resume. You must be available to work a variety of shifts from opening time to closing time Monday through Saturday. The basic job duties are listed below and may change or require additional duties per management. Dental Assistant Responsibilities: • Follow all S...
EXPERIENCED DENTAL ASSISTANT Full time position. Competitive wage and benefit package. Fax resume to 815-484-2436 or e-mail to admin@ rockforddental.net....
Newark Community Health Centers, Inc., FQHC, is a multi-cultural community health and social services organization dedicated to meeting the health care needs of the medically underserved in the greater Newark area. Join us as we expand our services. We are recruiting for: DENTAL ASSISTANTS The duties and responsibilities of this position include but are not limited to: Assists dentist chair side d...
Company Confidential Lawrenceville, NJ, 08648
Job Purpose: 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. Duties: * Prepares treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols. * Prepares patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and draping patient...
DENTAL ASSISTANT/FRONT OFFICE Located in Downey - Full Time Must be friendly, reliable & energetic individual. Minimum 2 years experience. X-ray license & computer savvy. Hours: 8:45am to 7pm, Mon-Thurs, Friday 8:45am to 4pm Please email resume to: ***** or fax to: 562-861-2601 or call 562-861-4011...
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Dental Assistant

Salaries

$20,800.00 - $45,760.00
Typical Salary for Dental Assistant
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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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