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.
Job Description: Primary job duties include maintaining the cleanliness of supplies, equipment and working area. Monitoring the stocking and distribution of supplies and equipment. Seeking repair of equipment as necessary. Great deal of diplomacy in dealing with doctors, students, patients, co-workers and other school departments. Perform other duties as needed. Completion of a certified dental as...
Looking for an energetic and responsible dental assistant to join our dental team. Knowledge is required. Please send your resume to *****. Looking for a long term team member, not temporary. Houston Dental Implant Center 4548 Bissonnet St Suite 300, Bellaire, TX 77401...
Dental Assistant – Per Diem [Job ID #531] Under the direct supervision of the Lead Dental Assistant, the Per-Diem Dental Assistant is responsible for assisting the Dentists and Dental Hygienist in the direct provision of primary care dental services to patients. The Dental Assistant should be a qualified individual to assist the Dentists and Hygienist in the care and treatment of patients. Typical...
DENTAL ASSISTANT - NON SMOKER CEREC EXPERIENCE PREFERRED. IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR FULL TIME (MONDAY - THURSDAY) DENTAL ASSISTANT IN WOODSTOCK, GA. MINIMUM 2 YEARS EXPERIENCE. SALARY AND BONUS. E-MAIL RESUME TO *****...
Large healthcare system seeks a Dental Assistant to be a part of their on-call float pool team. In this role of Dental Assistant you provide chair-side assistance to dental staff in services rendered to the patients. Assist with chair-side, lab and x-ray and procedures as well as other related duties. Perform delegated dental functions under the direction of a licensed dentist in the delivery of c...
Dental Hygenist needed for various offices Must have minmum 1 year verifiable experience Dental Assistant for various vacation coverage dates needed Skills/Experience: Must be fully trained Experience in four handed assisting Certification a + but not required Must be current with shots and have verifiable references...
Multi-doctor, fast paced dental office seeking expanded duties dental assistant to join our awesome team. 30-36 hours per week, at least two evenings required. Candidate must possess ability to multitask, be team oriented and patient-focused, with excellent communication skills. Benefits include vacation and holidays. Expanded functions certificate and experience preferred but not required. Must b...
Company Confidential Roselle, IL, 60172
EXPERIENCED DENTAL ASSISTANT NEEDED FOR A FAMILY DENTAL PRACTICE IN WESTERN SUBURB. THE OFFICE HAS DIGITAL XRAYS AND DENTRIX. TEAM PLAYER WITH GOOD PEOPLE SKILLS. SALARY NEGOTIABLE. 2 LATE EVENINGS PER WEEK AND 2 SATURDAYS PER MONTH. CERTIFICATION IN CORONAL POLISHING AND SEALENTS PREFERED. SOME FRONT DESK RESPONSIBITIES ALSO. E-MAIL OR FAX THE RESUME 630-894-0908....
Patient-focused dental practice seeking full-time dental assistant. Must be compassionate, motivated and team-oriented. Generous salary and benefits (based on level of experience) including 401k and paid holidays. No weekends. Fax resume to 330-686-8622...
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. Assist the dentist during a variety of treatme...
Company Confidential Wexford, PA, 15090
DENTAL ASSISTANT North Hills. Full time, paid holidays, benefits available, experience required. Contact Helen 724-934-6260...
Drs. Esser, Krueger and Borja Horicon, 53032
DENTAL ASSISTANT: Experienced dental assistant needed 3-4days/week. Send resume to: Drs. Esser, Krueger and Borja at 501 E Lake Street, Horicon, WI 53032 or email resume to: ***** View newspaper ad madison.com 281204...
A busy Endondontic practice needs an exceptional CERTIFIED DENTAL ASSISTANT. Surgical experience a plus. Needs to be flexible for working in emergencies if necessary. Apply in person at South Texas Endodontics 737 Everhart Rd #E. You can check us out on our website southtexasendo.com...
Company Confidential Glendale Heights, IL, 60139
We are a full service dental office in Glendale heights. We are seeking an experienced , enthusiastic, friendly dental assistant and front desk candidate to be a part of our wonderful team. You must have a a great personality,smile often, and should be comfortable comfortable talking to people of all ages. Position could be part time or full time. We are a growing office and offer a team oriented...
Company Confidential Plainfield, IN, 46168
General Dental Office looking for an Expanded Function Dental Assistant - Must be able to place fillings, Take X-Rays. Great Communication Skills, and Friendly outgoing personality a must, approximately 30 hours per week - Benefits after 1 year. Please submit your resume and desired wage if you are interested in joining our great Team!...
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....
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...
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$20,800.00 - $45,760.00
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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
Prepares treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and protocols.
Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining cpr certification, emergency drug and oxygen supply, and emergency telephone directory.
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