Supports dental care delivery by preparing treatment room, patient, instruments,
and materials; passing instruments and materials; performing procedures in
compliance with the dental practice act.
Dental Assistant Job Duties:
Prepares treatment room for patient by following prescribed procedures and
Prepares patient for dental treatment by welcoming, comforting, seating, and
Provides information to patients and employees by answering questions and requests.
Provides instrumentation by sterilizing and delivering instruments to treatment
area; positioning instruments for dentist's access; suctioning; passing
Provides materials by selecting, mixing, and placing materials on instruments and
in the patient's mouth.
Provides diagnostic information by exposing and developing radiographic studies;
pouring, trimming, and polishing study casts.
Maintains patient appearance and ability to masticate by fabricating temporary
restorations; cleaning and polishing removable appliances.
Helps dentist manage dental and medical emergencies by maintaining cpr
certification, emergency drug and oxygen supply, and emergency telephone directory.
Documents dental care services by charting in patient records.
Maintains safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules,
Protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control policies and
Ensures operation of dental equipment by completing preventive maintenance
requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions;
calling for repairs; maintaining equipment inventories; evaluating new equipment
Maintains dental supplies inventory by checking stock to determine inventory level;
anticipating needed supplies; placing and expediting orders for supplies; verifying
receipt of supplies.
Conserves dental resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish
Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.
Dental Assistant Skills and Qualifications:
Dental Health Maintenance, Use of Dental Technology, Infection Control, Patient
Services, Creating a Safe, Effective Environment, Listening, Teamwork, Health
Promotion and Maintenance, Use of Medical Technologies, Performing Diagnostic