Dental assistant

Dental assistant

Job prospects are excellent. It is expected dentists can hire more assistants to perform routine tasks so that they can devote their time to more profitable procedures.


    Most attendees improve their skills on the job, although an increasing number are trained in assisting dental programs, most of the programs take 1 year or less to complete.

    The dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, clerical, laboratory and duties. They work chairside as dentists examine and treat patients. They ensure that patients are as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, prepare them for treatment, and obtain their dental records. Assistants hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep patients' mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices. The Wizards also sanitized and sterilized instruments and equipment, prepare trays of instruments for dental procedures, instructions given to patients in the postoperative care and general dentistry.


    Dental assistantSome dental assistants prepare materials for printing and restorations, dental x-rays, and the process of X-ray film as directed by a dentist. Furthermore, they can also remove sutures, make anaesthetics implementation of the preventive agents cavities in the teeth, remove excess cement used in the filling process, and place the rubber dams on the teeth to isolate individual treatment.

    Those with laboratory duties make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions, clean and polish removable appliances, and make temporary crowns. Dental assistants with office, part of their duties are to schedule and confirm appointments, receive patients, keep treatment records, send bills, receive payments, and order supplies and dental materials.


    The working area of a dental assistant is usually near the dental chair so that they can dispose of tools, equipment and medicines and delivered to the dentist when necessary. The dental assistant should use gloves, mask, goggles and protective clothing to protect themselves and their patients of infectious diseases. Following security procedures also minimizes the risks associated with the use of x-ray machines.


    Dental assistant's work is an average of 35 to 40 hours per month, which may include work on Saturdays or at night.

    In 2002, there were 266000 jobs for dental assistants and most of them were in the offices of Dentists; other percent were in the offices of doctors, educational services; while a small part were at the hospitals with a part-time work.