Dental assistants are trained specialists that deal with a wide array of dentistry related tasks, from cleaning and sterilizing instruments and using suction devices to taking dental impressions and assisting the dentist during the procedures.
Nowadays there are many institutions in Cleveland Illinois that offer dental assistant training and accreditation, such as trade schools or technical institutions where students will learn the basics of office practice and ethics, biology, chemistry and such. In addition to formal skills, manual dexterity and good communication skills are of paramount importance.
After enrolling in a formal training program accredited by the CDAADA and completing the training period, students will need to sit for the exam administered by Dental Assisting National Board that will grant them the certification they need to become CDAs.
Besides sterilizing all the dental equipment and taking impressions, Cleveland Illinois dental assistants also deal with a variety of other tasks from helping the dentist remove cavities to taking care off administrative tasks such as patient files or appointments – also, it is the duty of the dental assistant to give the patient all the necessary post operative instructions and information, to mix the different dental materials that are used during the treatment, to prepare the patient and explain him every step of the procedure as well as to keep track of the inventory in the long run.
Additional responsibilities of these professionals include handling the instruments to the dentist, keeping the mouth of the patient clean and dry, expose radiographs and dental x-ray films, remove sutures and excess material used during the filling process, clean the removable appliances, make temporary crowns and such – the administrative tasks include ordering various supplies and materials, receive payments and sending the bills to patients as well as keeping the treatment records accurate and complete.
While in certain states a CDA can make, on average, around $33,000 a year, in other states such as California it is not uncommon for a certified dental assistant to make up to $60,000 per year or even more.