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  • Published: 2009-02-26 (Revised/Updated 2013-06-16) : Author: Heather Brunson
  • Synopsis: Information on becoming a dental assistant a profession expected to experience dramatic growth over the next decade with job openings.

Quote: "A career as a dental assistant provides reward and opportunity every day - where no two days are the same."

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The dental assisting profession is expected to experience dramatic growth over the next decade - with job openings projected to increase more than 29% through 2016.

The projected growth in this field will be to due to a growing population, greater retention of natural teeth by middle-aged and older individuals and an increased emphasis on preventative dental care. With an increase in dental services at all age levels, there will be a definite need for qualified dental assistants.

A career as a dental assistant or dental nurse can provide you with the opportunity to spend your days in a comfortable office setting, working alongside dentists and other dental professionals. From delivering patient care to performing laboratory and office duties, you can have a fulfilling career.

A Typical Day as a Dental Assistant

In a busy dental office, there are always patients to tend to before, during and after treatment. Here are some dental assisting duties related to patient care:

Make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair
Obtain dental records
Prepare patients for treatment
Set up tray for dental procedures
Hand instruments and materials to dentists
Keep patients' mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices
Sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment
Instruct patients about general oral health care
Remove sutures
Apply anesthetics to gums or cavity-preventive agents to teeth
Remove excess cement used in the filling process
Place rubber dams on the teeth to isolate them for individual treatment

You will also assist the dentist with laboratory duties that include:

Make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions
Clean and polish removable appliances
Make temporary crowns

Additionally, you will play a vital role by performing essential duties that keep the dental office running in a smooth manner:

Schedule and confirm appointments
Receive patients
Keep treatment records
Send bills and receive payments
Order supplies and materials

Note: Dental assisting is regulated on a state-by-state basis. Your job duties may vary from those listed above.

A career as a dental assistant provides reward and opportunity every day - where no two days are the same. Whether you work part-time or enjoy a variable schedule, there are opportunities to build a career that works for you. With formal dental assistant training, such as Allied's Dental Assistant Program, you will be prepared to start your career in a dental office. And with job prospects being excellent - a 29% increase in the next decade - you will benefit from a long-term career opportunity.

Reference: Allied Medical School (www.alliedschools.com) provides distance education training that prepares students to build careers in the ever-growing medical and dental assistant fields. Online courses offer students a quick and convenient way to learn.


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