Most dental procedures require the hands-on involvement of a Dental Assistant, making them an important part of any dental practice. Providing support to the dentist and other clinicians, they greatly increase efficiency and enable the provision of a higher standard of dental care.
One of the major aspects of a Dental Assistant’s work is patient care. They greet patients, help them feel at ease, prepare them for treatment, and educate them on procedures and proper oral care.Another key responsibility is to function as an extra set of hands, working alongside the dentist or hygienist during examinations and treatments, passing equipment, mixing materials for fillings, operating suction devices and recording information.
The Dental Assistant ensures that proper standards of infection control are maintained, prepping and cleaning rooms and equipment before and after each patient. They may also be tasked with some clerical duties such as managing stock, updating patient records, documenting procedures and processing X-rays.