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A Day In A Dental Assistant’s Life

Posted by wvdasmpilan on January 27, 2010

On a typical day a dental assistant who delivers patient care will:

•make patients as comfortable as possible in the dental chair, prepare them for treatment, and obtain dental records;

•hand instruments and materials to dentists, and keep patients’ mouths dry and clear by using suction or other devices;

•sterilize and disinfect instruments and equipment, prepare tray setups for dental procedures, and instruct patients on postoperative and general oral health care;

•sometimes prepare materials for making impressions and restorations, expose radiographs, and process dental x-ray film as directed by a dentist;

•sometimes remove sutures, apply anesthetics to gums or cavity-preventive agents to teeth, remove excess cement used in the filling process, and place rubber dams on the teeth to isolate them for individual treatment;

On a typical day a dental assistant who performs laboratory duties will:

•make casts of the teeth and mouth from impressions;

•clean and polish removable appliances;

•make temporary crowns;

On a typical day a dental assistant who performs office duties will:

•schedule and confirm appointments;

•receive patients;

•keep treatment records;

•send bills and receive payments;

•order supplies and materials.

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