What do Dental Assistants do?

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
  • Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory.
  • Clean and polish removable appliances.
  • Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
  • Pour, trim, and polish study casts.
  • Schedule appointments, prepare bills and receive payment for dental services, complete insurance forms, and maintain records, manually or using computer.
  • Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
  • Clean teeth, using dental instruments.
  • Fabricate and fit orthodontic appliances and materials for patients, such as retainers, wires, or bands.
  • Apply protective coating of fluoride to teeth.

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Necessary Skills

  • Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Service Orientation
  • Critical Thinking

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