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.
All dental assistants in Montrose Heights Virginia need to be licensed in order to work in the United States – in spite of the fact that most of them get their skills on the job, they do need to enroll in dental training programs in various technical institutes, universities or trade schools where they will be taught the basics of chemistry, office practices, biology and a variety of other subjects of utmost importance for their careers. In addition to formal skills, manual dexterity and good communication skills are of paramount importance.
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 Montrose Heights Virginia 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.
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.