Career and Education Opportunities for Dental Assistants
In general, dental assistants assist dentist, set up patient and equipment, and keep records.
Select a state from the map below to find education opportunities to begin your Dental Assistant career.
STATES WITH Dental Assistant OPPORTUNITIES
JOB DESCRIPTION: Dental Assistant
Dental assistants ready patients, sterilize and disinfect instruments, prepare instrument trays and assist dentists during dental procedures. They also expose dental diagnostic x-rays. Equally important, dental assistants have to provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentists. They are often called upon to pour and polish study casts. They are expected to record treatment data in patient archives. Finally, dental assistants order and monitor dental supplies and apparatus inventory.
Every day, dental assistants are expected to be able to listen to and understand others in meetings. They need to understand what others are saying to them even in a noisy environment. It is also important that they articulate ideas and problems.