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.
Nowadays there are many institutions in West Somerset KY that offer dental assistant training and accreditation, such as trade schools or technical institutions where students will learn the basics of office practice and ethics, biology, chemistry and such. 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, West Somerset KY 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.
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.