Dental Assistant Job Description
What Do Dental Assistants Do?
Dental assisting is an increasingly popular career option, but what do dental assistants actually do? Each day may be varied as a dental assistant, but most of the time you would be performing some or all of the following tasks:
- Prepare patients for treatments
- Prepare instruments
- Hand instruments to the dentist during procedures
- Use suction and/or rinse to maintain the patient’s mouth
- Teach patients about proper oral hygiene
- Process radiographs
- Manage patient records
- Schedule appointments
- Assist with patient billing
Dental assistants can choose to specialize in something so that their day-to-day job emphasizes a few particular treatments or tasks, or they can take on some of everything!
How to Become a Dental Assistant
Becoming a dental assistant generally requires some post-secondary education in a dedicated program. Each state also has unique requirements for other tasks and procedures. Most states require licensure or certification for more technical tasks.
Check with your state licensing or certification board to find out what your state requires for dental assisting.
About Dental Assisting Programs
Dental assisting programs will vary in what they teach state by state, but most of them cover similar skills and topics. A good dental assistant program should also include training and preparation for state licensure or certification in the state the program is offered. Most programs fall in the range of nine months to two years in length, depending on the licensure, degree, or diploma awarded upon completion. Pittsburgh Career Institute, for example, offers a 10-month program that awards graduates with a diploma. This can allow graduates to begin their careers more quickly compared to students that have to work through a two-year program to earn a degree.
Learn With Pittsburgh Career Institute
Pittsburgh Career Institute can help you if you want to get your education and certification in dental assisting. Read our blog to learn requirements to enroll in dental school, or contact us to learn more about the program