Dental Assistant Tasks

In a dental office, there are several different staff members. Each person has a different job to do. And each person has been trained in that job. Dental assistant tasks are very important to a dental office. They have many jobs, but their main job is to take care of the patient. They also do a lot to help the dentist treat a patient.

Dental Assistant Tasks

Dental assistants work closely with the dentist. Below are just a few of the dental assistant tasks they may do while on the job:

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    Dental assistants take x-rays

    Make sure the patient is comfortable in the dental chair

  • Assist in dental procedures
  • Take impressions of the mouth
  • Make a temporary crown
  • Take and process dental x-rays
  • Prepare materials for restorations and dental impressions
  • Eliminate sutures and apply topical anesthetics
  • Basic procedures like applying cavity-preventive substances to the gums and teeth
  • Polish and clean removable appliances like retainers
  • Teach the patient about how to care for their teeth
  • General office tasks such as setting and confirming appointments
  • Maintain patient dental records

Dental assistants have a big role in the office. About dental assistants, Dr. Hastings says:

dental assistant tasks “When they do their job well, they are essential to a dental office. Every dentist needs a good assistant that knows their stuff. They should  work hard in school so that they can be confident in their ability to perform a task. As a dentist myself, I know how useful an assistant can be. That’s why we train students the way we do in our school. I know that the best dental assistants are the ones that have had true hands on training. When their school environment is set up for success, then they will surely succeed”

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