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Dental Assistants Description

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Dental Assistants Related Job Titles

Certified Dental Assistant (CDA), Certified Registered Dental Assistant, Dental Aide, Dental Assistant (DA), Dental Nurse, Dental Office Manager, Dentist Attendant, Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA), Expanded Function Dental Assistant, Oral Surgery Assistant, Orthodontic Assistant (Ortho Assistant), Orthodontic Technician, Orthodontist Assistant, Registered Dental Assistant (RDA), Surgical Dental Assistant,


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Dental Assistants Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
  • Clean and polish removable appliances.
  • Pour, trim, and polish study casts.
  • Schedule appointments, prepare bills and receive payment for dental services, complete insurance forms, and maintain records, manually or using computer.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
  • Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory.
  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Fabricate and fit orthodontic appliances and materials for patients, such as retainers, wires, or bands.
  • Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
  • Clean teeth, using dental instruments.
  • Apply protective coating of fluoride to teeth.

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