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 Sag Harbor NY 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.
The Sag Harbor NY 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.
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.
On average, a certified dental assistant makes around $33,000 a year, although in some states they can make twice some much.