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.
No matter if they enroll in a training program offered by a trade school or a technical institutes, they all aim to teach the Colorado Springs Colorado students everything they need to know about chemistry, biology, office practices as well as general notions of dentistry that are absolutely indispensable for the job. There are many aspects that add to the success of a dental assistant, and those include flawless communication skills, manual dexterity and genuine compassion.
Before enrolling in a program for dental assistants, it is important to make sure that it is accredited by the CDAADA, a commission that deals with assessing and accrediting various education institutes – at the end of the training program, you will sit for the final exam that is administered by the Dental Assisting National Board and if you pass it, you will officially become a certified dental assistant and you will be able to work with a dentist to gather more experience.
The Colorado Springs Colorado dentist is the one that tells the assistant what to do, but the typical job requirements involve preparing the patient, thoroughly explaining them the dental procedure that he is about to go through, offering in-depth and detailed post operative care instructions and so on.
At the same time, the dental assistant may also need to make temporary crowns, expose dental x-ray films, remove excess material as well as send and receive payments, order supplies and different dental materials.
On average, a certified dental assistant makes around $33,000 a year, although in some states they can make twice some much.