Are you interested in health care and health sciences? Obsessed with flossing? Dental assistant training programs may be your ticket to a rewarding career in a dental clinic.
Intra oral dental assistants (Level 1 & 2) assist dentists during the examination and treatment of patients and perform both clinical and administrative functions in general/family and cosmetic dentistry offices.
With populations continuously growing, increased preventative dental care and greater retention of natural teeth by older people, employment in this sector is expected to grow 36 percent in the next decade. This is projected to be among the fastest growing occupations in that period. As well, these increased workloads for dentists are not expected to decrease, ensuring that there will be a high demand for qualified candidates for years to come.
The best training programs for this field mix comprehensive theoretical learning objectives and practical hands-on training, ensuring that graduates will be technically qualified to provide the working environment with superior clinical skills. Areas of study will most often include Dental Office Orientation and Terminology, Head and Neck Anatomy and Physiology, Tooth Morphology, Disease Transmission and Oral Pathology, Dental/Medical Emergencies and Pharmacology, Preventive Dentistry and Nutrition, Communications/Psychology, Clinical Chairside Procedures, Dental Radiography (H.A.R.P.) The Healing Arts, Radiation Protection Act of Ontario, Oral Surgery and Endodontics, Orthodontics and Fixed Prosthodontics, Removable Dentures/Prosthodontics and Periodontics, and CPR / First Aid.
Some dental assistant schools will also help develop skills needed for the job search and will even include a clinical work placement, allowing graduates to gain practical on the job experience. Gaining first hand, practical experience is an invaluable asset for those just starting out, and it will not only improve your CV, it will also help give you the confidence to dive right into the work force.
Dental assistants work 35- to 40-hour workweeks in clean, well-lit environments. Common day-to-day duties for graduates of these dental assistant schools can involve:
- Polishing teeth and clinical crowns and applying fluoride and sealant
- Taking preliminary impressions of teeth for diagnostic casts
- Fabricating temporary crowns and restorations
- Assisting the dentist during patient examinations, cosmetic surgeries and more complex procedures
- Preparing dental instruments and filling materials and equipment
- Educating patients concerning oral hygiene
- Taking and developing X-rays
- Recording dental procedures
- Patient preparation for dental examinations
- Patient appointment scheduling
- Instrument sterilizing and maintenance
- Patient invoicing and basic accounting
- Working with patient insurance companies
- And more