Dental assistants are professionals that work closely with dentists and other treating dental auxiliary to provide an accurate, efficient and durable dental treatment – the job of these specialists involves sterilizing the instruments, using suction devices to remove excess saliva, analyzing dental radiographs, taking dental impressions and generally performing all the tasks the dentists required before, during and after finishing the dental treatment.
No matter if they enroll in a training program offered by a trade school or a technical institutes, they all aim to teach the Douglas County OR 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. In addition to formal skills, manual dexterity and good communication skills are of paramount importance.
All dental assistant training programs must be accredited for the CDAADA, and the only way for students to get their certification and to become professional CDAs is to sit for the exam administered by the Dental Assisting National Board.
Besides sterilizing all the dental equipment and taking impressions, Douglas County OR 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.
If you are a certified dental assistant or more commonly known as a CDA, then you can easily make around $16.00 per hour in the United States, or approximately $33,000 on a yearly basis although the average yearly wage depends on the state because it is not uncommon for dental assistants in California to earn as much as $60,000 per year.