Wednesday, May 2, 2012

What Does A Dental Assistant Do?

Are you wondering what are the tasks performed by dental assistants? The truth is that the dental assistant job description can be different, depending on the practice. Each dentist has particular preferences and each place requires a slightly different way of working. There is even more duties variety if we get into the different dental assistant specializations. However, there is a core collection of duties that you may expect to perform.

The basic principle is that the dental assistant acts as a 'right hand' of the dentist. (S)he needs to prepare everything that the dentist needs to perform the treatment. This includes:
  • preparing sterile instruments, 
  • having all the appliances functional, 
  • assisting the dentist via supporting a good access to the teeth, 
  • keeping an area dry or wet, 
  • managing the patient tongue or cheeks, 
  • preparing mixtures, 
  • taking x-rays and so on.

The tasks performed by a dental assistant are wider in scope, though. A dental assistant is responsible also to manage the patients. Are they nervous, do they require emotional or informational support? Do they suffer from particular health conditions that imply special measures need to be taken? It is the assistant's duty to effectively manage this part as well. Many people actually enjoy this human contact of the job the most.

There is quite some duties variety in the dental assistant job, so it is unlikely to get bored. You could decide though to advance your assistant career via pursuing a more advanced specialized degree. This depends on your preference, but it is a good idea, as you will be able to get a better paid job, that you enjoy even more.

There are good job opportunities in this field right now, so if you would like to start a dental assistant career, this is the time to go for it. Find a good dental school and just do it!


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