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What Does a Dental Assistant Do?

Posted on: August 20, 2011

Dental AssistantBeing a dental assistant is a great career choice for many people. Often, the hours are flexible, working conditions excellent, and market demand strong.*

If you are considering a career as a dental assistant, you may be wondering: Exactly what do dental assistants do? In general, dental assistants either work directly with dentists who treat patients, work in dental laboratories, or support office operations.

Some dental assistants may work in multiple areas. Below is a list of some common dental assistant duties.

Working with Patients

  • Sterilize and lay out dental instruments
  • Take and process X-rays
  • Remove sutures
  • Apply anesthetics and anti-cavity agents to teeth

Managing the Office

  • Answer phones and set appointments
  • Greet patients and process client info
  • Manage patient files
  • Process payments and issue invoices

Lab Work

  • Make plaster casts
  • Clean and polish mouth guards, dentures and other removable appliances
  • Performing orthodontic measurements

Training for a dental assistant career at Everest can often be completed in under a year. Contact us to learn more about our Dental Assistant career training programs.

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos163.htm)

Everest College Information

Everest provides students with short-term career training in a variety of popular programs*. Our schools offer diplomas and/or degrees in:
Students can also earn online degrees through Everest University Online, a division of Everest University.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit www.everest.edu/disclosures or www.everestonline.edu/disclosures.

*Programs vary by campus.

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