Dental Talent Begins with Commitment
Not everyone aspires to be a dentist, but our dental assistants do have commitment and passion for the position.
At Midtown Dentistry, our dental assistants work beside our dentists and hygienists to assist in certain procedures. They have the chance to learn and improve their skills to help them move towards a rewarding career in dentistry. Some dental assistants discovered they love the field so much, they have gone back to school to become hygienists.
Dental assistants are essential to our dental office. They help to increase efficiency in the dental office by assisting the dentist so they can deliver high quality dental care. Every one of our dental assistants is people oriented with strong communication skills, and this is definitely a job with responsibilities.
Becoming a dental assistant is the perfect career for anyone looking for a varied and interesting career. Dental assistants are trained to perform many different tasks and work under the direction of a licensed dentist. These responsibilities can include:
- Assisting the dentist during various dental procedures
- Being able to take dental x-rays and being able to complete various laboratory tasks under the dentist’s direction
- Enquiring about a patient’s medical history, and being able to take blood pressure measurements and their pulse
- Implementing infection control procedures including sterilizing equipment and instruments
- Being able to put patients at their ease before, during and after dental treatment
- Making sure patients receive the appropriate aftercare instructions following surgery or other dental procedures
- Furthering patient education through teaching strategies to maintain or improve oral health, such as the correct way to brush and floss, and appropriate nutrition
- Taking dental impressions of patients teeth for study models
- Undertaking general office duties including scheduling patient appointments, billing, ordering supplies and answering the telephone
HOW TO BECOME A DENTAL ASSISTANT
Community colleges, vocational schools, technical institutes and universities and dental schools all offer formal education for dental assistants. Upon graduating dental assistants usually receive certificates, and most of these courses take between nine and 11 months to complete. Some schools offer accelerated learning, or it’s possible to train through distance education or through part-time education programs. Once formal training is completed dental assistants can register with the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners (TSBDE).
To do this if necessary to complete the current course in basic life support and to successfully complete a mandatory course specified by the TSBDE on infection control and procedures such as positioning and exposing dental x-rays, and jurisprudence.