A Day in the Life of a Dental Assistant…
You may be wondering: what is a typical day like for a dental assistant? Here is a short overview of what you may expect when you’re on the job!
On a typical day a dental assistant who delivers patient care may:
- make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, prepare them for treatment, and obtain dental records
- hand instruments and materials to dentists, and keep patients’ mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices
- sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare tray setups for dental procedures, and instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care
- sometimes prepare materials for making impressions and restorations, expose radiographs, and process dental x-ray film as directed by a dentist
- sometimes remove sutures, apply anesthetics to gums or cavity-preventive agents to teeth, remove excess cement used in the filling process, and place rubber dams on the teeth to isolate them for individual treatment
On a typical day a dental assistant who works in a laboratory may:
- make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions
- clean and polish removable appliances
- make temporary crowns
On a typical day a dental assistant who performs office duties will:
- schedule and confirm appointments
- receive patients
- keep treatment records
- send bills and receive payments
- order supplies and materials
Any dentist will tell you that a well-trained, hard-working dental assistant is an absolutely essential part of any successful practice. Practical Dental Assisting of Utah is committed to providing the kind of top-notch, ultra-practical training that will make you a desirable asset to any office. AND YOU’LL BE READY TO LAND A JOB IN JUST 12 WEEKS!
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