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What Can I Do After Dental Assisting?
Becoming a dental assistant is not only a great career on its own, it’s a path to many rewarding opportunities in the dental field. Numerous WDAS students move on to become hygienists, dentists or even have branched off to become a specialized dental assistant.
Dental Assistants are an essential part of the success of any dentist office. While the responsibility of a dental assistant varies from office to office, overall it is typically the same.
Responsibilities of a Dental Assistant:
- Instrument passing during procedures
- Organize and set up instruments
- Obtain current dental records and update as needed
- Maintain a clean office with proper instrument sterilization and treatment room disinfection
- Take and develop dental x-rays
- Instruct patients on good oral hygiene habits
- Perform office management tasks like scheduling appointments and ordering supplies
Expanded Function Dental Assistant
Besides the regular duties of a Dental Assistant, the Expanded Function Dental Assistant, (EFDA), is licensed by the state to place sealants and different types of fillings. In Wisconsin, dental assistants are not required to have any certification or license, and the titles EFDA and EDDA are not used. There are several other certifications available for Wisconsin dental assistants who want to specialize in a particular area or ensure their résumés stand out.
Certifications available in Wisconsin for dental assistants with expanded duties are:
- National Entry Level Dental Assistant
- Certified Dental Assistant
- Certified Orthodontic Assistant
- Certified Preventive Functions Dental Assistant
- Certified Restorative Functions Dental Assistant
Dental Hygienists clean patient's teeth and provide other preventive dental care. They also examine patients' teeth and gums to determine the patient's oral health. Dental hygienists must be proficient with the necessary tools used on a daily basis. Hygienists use X-ray machines to examine teeth and jaws and prepare x-rays for the dentist. Having dental assistant training helps to have the basic dental knowledge and to know the day-to-day operations involved within a dental office. Becoming a dental assistant before a hygienist helps significantly when applying to dental hygiene school.
Dentists diagnose and treat teeth and gums in addition to providing knowledge of proper oral health care. Becoming a dentist requires years of schooling and training. Dentists oftentimes start their dental careers as dental assistants.
The Duties of a Dentist Include:
- Provide instruction on diet, brushing, flossing, the use of fluorides, and other aspects of dental care
- The removal of tooth decay
- Fill cavities
- Examine X-rays
- Placing sealants on children's teeth
- Straighten and whiten teeth
- Repair fractured teeth and perform corrective surgery
- Treat gum disease
- Extract teeth and make models and measurements for dentures to replace missing teeth
- Administer anesthetics and write prescriptions
Dental Assistant Instructor
Dental Assistant Instructors educate students on the basics of the Dental Assistant industry within colleges and even private schools. Instructors typically specialize in areas they are trained in like any of the
Dental Assistant Training Topics Include:
- The proper usage, cleaning and storage of dental tools
- Patient interaction
- Dental record keeping
Dental Assistant experience is required to become a Dental Assistant Instructor, like those employed by Weekend Dental Assistant School.
Dental Office Administrator
Dental Office Administrators are responsible for scheduling patient appointments, finances and record keeping among other office clerical duties. Administrators are also responsible for tracking patient payments and insurance information and filing insurance claims. The Business team plays a major role in the customer service aspect of an office considering they are the initial contact with new patients. Dental office administrators do not require specific training but are more desirable with a dental assisting background.
Dental Sales Representative
A Dental Sales Representative career can be a very rewarding job. Representatives are responsible for making sure dental offices receive the equipment, supplies and technology they need to stay up-to-date within the advancing dental field. Reps work closely with dentists and their staff to ensure the proper supplies are delivered on time.
A Dental Sales Representative Must Obtain the Following Skillsets:
- Experience in sales and have friendly, confident personalities
- Proficient in dental terminology and equipment
- Familiar with dental offices
Dental consultants are people who oversee a dental practice and make recommendations on how to improve the practice. Dental Consultants assist with training the dentist and employees on new systems to add value and efficiency to the office.
If you are interested in becoming a dental assistant or would like to work within the industry and not certain where your interests lie, Weekend Dental Assistant School is here to help. In just 10 short weeks you can become a dental assistant and start your path to a very rewarding career. Contact Weekend Dental Assistant School today for more information.Return to Dental Assistant Articles