A career as a dental assistant offers knowledge and firsthand experience in the areas of dentistry. Dental assistants work closely with dentists and hygienists to offer quality care to all patients. The tasks to be carried out as a dental assistant can vary depending on the dental office you work. It also depends on whether the dentist is general dentistry or a specialized area of care.
Dental Assistants to be detailed as to the patient and alert. They may have to sit for hours, while the procedure is being completed or jump to the situation in an instant if an emergency occurs while the procedure is performed.
Typical tasks Dental Assistants need to perform include sterilizing instruments and preparing instrument trays for procedures.
They also work closely with patients, taking dental and health histories. Depending on the procedures, vital signs of patients that can be controlled by a dental assistant. They also help document registers of patients, take X-rays, and give patients information on follow-up care.
In some offices, they also make impressions of teeth to assist with the manufacture of moulds for caps, crowns and dentures.
Dental Assistants often work right next to the dentist and hygienist. From making patients feel comfortable and prepare procedures. Assistants hand the dentist and hygienist instruments and materials, allowing them to remain focused on the patient throughout the procedure. It is the job of the dental assistant to ensure that the workstation has all the equipment and tools needed to complete each procedure to prevent delays and feelings of anxiety in patients.
In a crisis, dental assistants may be asked to assist with office tasks such as answering the phone, reminding patients of appointments, scheduling appointments, answering billing questions, and submitting insurance claims. It really depends on how your employer has the dental office operating.
Dental Assistants generally work with dentists and hygienists in a clean and friendly environment that is well lit. From the side of the desk chair to the dentist and hygienist, Dental Assistants learn many avenues of proper dental procedures. Many just might be able to do as well as any dentist or hygienist, however, are not allowed because they are not certified.
Knowing this, many Dental Assistants choose to continue their studies in the field of medicine. They may decide to remain a dental hygienist or a dentist. This will allow them to perform many of the procedures that have been made over and over again. Watching this process of making their educational task much easier since we already have seen many aspects of the dental field in action.
Another reason Dental Assistants choose to further your career is the pay gap. In general, dental hygienists earn 80% more than a dental assistant. Over time, that amount of money definitely adds up to a pretty big difference.
Dentists, of course, make much more money that the Dental Assistant and Dental Hygienist combined.
A career as a Dental Assistant allows you the unique and rewarding opportunity to participate in the dental field on many levels. You not only have many responsibilities, but first delivery will also be around to help dental hygienists and dentists perform various procedures that take place in a dental environment. This training is the perfect learning tool for you to further your education with a solid foundation in the field of dentistry to build.