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Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant

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EVERYTHING YOU NEEDTO KNOW ABOUTDENTALASSISTING
 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DENTAL ASSISTING2
NATURE OF WORK 
Dental assistants are not the same asdental hygienists in that they do notperorm clinical tasks. Dental assistants work under the supervision o dentists andperorm patient care, oce, and laboratory duties.Dental assistant tasks include: disinectinginstruments and equipment, obtainingdental records, providing the dentist withassistance, scheduling appointments,receiving patients, sending bills, andreceiving payments. Tey also instructpatients on general oral health care.In some oces, dental assistants preparematerials or impressions, make casts o teeth, take x-rays, process x-ray lm, and make temporary crowns. Tere are dental assistants who perorm strictly oce duties, laboratory duties, patient care or a bit o allthree. Here is a day in the lie o dental assistants [3].Dental Assistant who perorms patient care:
•Makepatientsascomfortableaspossibleinthedentalchair,preparethemfortreatment,andobtain
dental records
•Handinstrumentsandmaterialstodentists,andkeeppatients’mouthsdryandclearusingsuction
devices
•Sterilizeanddisinfectinstrumentsandequipment,preparetraysetupsfordentalprocedures,and
instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care
•Preparematerialsformakingimpressionsandrestorations,exposeradiographs,andprocessdental
x-ray lm
•Removesutures,applyanestheticstogumsorcavity-preventiveagentstoteethremoveexcess
cement and place rubber dams on teeth to isolate them or individual treatmentDental Assistant who perorms laboratory duties:
•MakecastsofteethandmouthfromimpressionsCleanandpolishremovableappliances
QUICK FACTS
• Dental assistants are not the same as dental hygienists.They do not perform clinical tasks. Dental assistantswork under the supervision of dentists and performpatient care, ofce, and laboratory duties.• The
 average
annual salary is $37,000 [1].•In order to become a dental assistant a 10-12 monthtraining program with an earned certicate at the end isrequired.• Dental Assisting careers are projected to increase 29% inthe next six years.• You can apply to start training in this exciting eld.
 
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DENTAL ASSISTING3
Maketemporarycrowns
Dental Assistant who perorms oce duties:
ScheduleandconrmappointmentsReceivepatientsKeeptreatmentrecordsSendbillsandreceivepaymentsOrdersuppliesandmaterial
TRAINING & EDUCATION
In order to become a dental assistant, you must have a high school diploma or equivalent. Ater youhave completed your GED, a training course approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) and
licensurearerequired.ereareroughly256dentalassistingprogramsintheUSthatareapprovedbythe
American Dental Association (ADA) [4].Dental assisting training programs usually take less than one year to complete, typically between 10- 12
months.Youmayalsowanttoparticipateinatwo-yearassociate’sdegreeprogramifyouareconsidering
gaining more education later on. You can train in dental assisting in community colleges, dental schools, technical
institutions,universitiesandvocationalschools.Somevocationalschoolsoutthereoer4-6monthcourses;however,thesearenotaccreditedbytheCommission
o Dental Accreditation.
 oseaccreditedbytheCDA,requirestudentstotakeanexamfor
licensure. Te exam is our hours long and has 320 questions. Tesequestions are broken down into 3 sections: [5]General chairside test- 120 questions
Radiationhealthandsafety-100questions
Inection control test- 100 questions raining programs include learning about dentalterminology, name o instruments, how to perormdaily duties, how to interact with patients, and the key to keeping the oce running smoothly [2].
Licensurevariesfromstatetostate.Somestates
require you to pass a test in order to get certied or

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