A Word From Dental Assistant Carolyn: The Role of Dental Assistants
The dental assistant has one of the most interesting and varied jobs in the dental office. It requires good interpersonal communication skills as well as good technical skills, which are regulated by the Dental Examiners Board. She/he is often the first person you will encounter in the treatment room when you visit and will try to make you feel comfortable while you are there.
In addition to assisting the dentist during your treatment, the assistant takes X-rays, gives oral care instruction after your dental treatment, including surgery, and applies topical anesthetic and fluoride treatments. Assistants take impressions for study models, whitening kits and retainers and fabricate whitening trays, retainers and temporary crowns. Dental assistants maintain infection control and sterilization of instruments and equipment using the OSHA guidelines for dental offices. Dental assistants take continuing education classes to stay current in dental trends and to keep their skills updated.
You can expect more efficient care from your dentist when he has a good assistant working at his side. Dental assistants are an excellent resource for information regarding your personal dental care treatment and are happy to answer all of your questions. We enjoy seeing our patients each day and hope that your visit to our office will be a pleasant one.