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 Tacoma Washington 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. However, it must be said that besides the formal training, a truly skilled dental professional must also possess impeccable manual dexterity and must work well in a team.
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.
Besides sterilizing all the dental equipment and taking impressions, Tacoma WA 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.
Not only does the dental assistant deal with removing sutures and making temporary crowns whenever required, but he also deals with various administrative tasks like updating the treatment records, sending bills and receiving payments, ordering materials and supplies and what not.
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.