Dental Assistant Tasks and Responsibilities

Have you been hesitant to make the switch from your old, unfulfilling job to an exciting dental assisting career? Maybe some knowledge is all you need! The duties that a dental assistant performs on a day-to-day basis, keep dental practices running worldwide! Dental assistants are the backbone of any dental office, and keep the practice functioning smoothly- wouldn’t it be nice to feel accomplished when you clock out at the end of the day?

According to the American Dental Association .  "The duties of a dental assistant are among the most comprehensive and varied in the dental office. The dental assistant performs many tasks requiring both interpersonal and technical skills.”  Listed below are critical skills that dental assistants must have to successfully complete these tasks... lucky for you, D.O.T. has you covered! 

Taking radiographs (x-rays) -There are multiple types of radiographs, such as anterior and posterior periapical films, bitewings, and panoramic films.

Infection Control-Proper sanitation is essential in any medical practice, and believe it or not, there IS a RIGHT way to wash your hands, change your gloves, and clean an operatory room.

Sterilization and knowledge of various instruments-Knowing what instrument the dentist (or you) will need during a procedure is critical! Many dental instruments look similar, but perform a VERY different task- let us teach you the difference! Sterilization equipment brands can vary from office to office, but they all are required to do the same thing. It is important that you understand which instruments can go into the Ultrasonic or steam sterilizer.

Patient Care- To be a dental assistant you need to be compassionate, knowledgeable, and friendly to your patients. 

Of course there are many other tasks as dental assistant performs, but those listed above are the core skills you as a dental assistant will need to have when applying for a job! If this is something you are very passionate about, consider our Expanded Functions Program (EFDA) to broaden your knowledge and independence in the dental practice. For more information about the dental assisting program or the expanded functions program, do not hesitate to contact us at 317.585.9015 or fill out the form below to schedule a time to take a tour of our brand new facility! 

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