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What Is A Dental Assistant?

9 JUL 2012
Career Path : Dental Care

Everybody knows their dentist: a friendly, chatty practitioner who at one time or another has put you in an uncomfortable position. But the results speak for themselves, giving you a healthy mouth and great smile. And some may also know their dental hygienists, tireless workers who leave your teeth squeaky clean. But there is still a third person who is integral to the dental team: the dental assistant.

Dental assistants provide some very important aid to the dentists and hygienists in many different capacities. To do this, one has to be versatile, organized, and meticulous, but more specifically, ready and eager to help the dentists and respond to patients. Some of their many tasks include:

  • preparing the patient for treatment
  • sterilizing instruments
  • organizing instruments during the procedure
  • exposing dental radiographs
  • taking impressions
  • fabricating provisional crowns

These tasks demand someone who has a good mind and a good set of hands, someone who enjoys working with people and physical materials equally.

While hygienists require less training and education than dentists, there is still a high degree of schooling and practice they undertake. The dental assistant is an ideal career for anyone who wants to immediately join the industry of smiles but is less interested in a rigorous education. If you want to be a practical set of skilled hands helping out a dentist, you start by enrolling in a practical and state-of-the-art training facility.

In choosing the right dental assistant school, it helps to look at an overview of the classes they offer. Because being a dental assistant does require a lot of background knowledge, a program should cover a wide range of subjects, such as tooth morphology, disease transmission,  pharmacology, radiography, and orthodontics, to name a few. Classes that offer training for dental and medical emergencies is also a bonus, not only on the job, but possibly in life. If you thought dental assistants had a simple and dull career, guess again.

There are other important factors to consider. Most medical office assistant programs will offer more than one specialization, like being a dental chair-side assistant or working more intra-orally. Another factor is the school’s facilities which should be high-tech to keep up with the improving technologies used in a dentist’s office. Finally, having a job-placement program with great connections is key to jumpstarting your career.

There is a whole world of opportunities in the medical profession aside from being actual doctors. If you want to become a skilled member of a medical team, take time to research some. You could earn good living, and more importantly, help people feel healthier and happier.

Visit The National Academy of Health And Business for more information on dental assistant training.