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Dental Assistant

Dental Assistant Education, Dental Assistant Schools, Dental Assistant Courses


The Dental Assistant is the person that makes a dentist’s day function efficiently.  Dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. They work alongside while dentists examine and treat patients.   Assistants hand instruments and materials to dentists and keep patients’ mouths dry and clear by using suction. Assistants also sterilize and disinfect instruments, prepare trays of instruments for dental procedures, and instruct patients.  Dental Assistants prepare materials for impressions and restorations; take dental x-rays, and process x-ray film as directed by a dentist.


Many Dental Assistants have learned their job while on duty, although that is changing.  Most States regulate the duties that Dental Assistants are allowed to perform through licensure or registration. Licensure or registration may require passing a written or practical examination. States offering licensure or registration can tell you what schools meet their requirements. 


Individual States have adopted different standards for Dental Assistants who perform certain advanced duties, such as radiological procedures. Completion of the Radiation Health and Safety examination offered by the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB) meets those standards in more than 30 States. Some States require completion of a State-approved course in radiology as well.


Certifications and Degrees for Dental Assistants


  • Dental Assistant/Expanded Functions & Radiology
  • Associates Degree in Dental Assisting
  • Certification through the State or ADA


Median Salaries for Dental Assistants












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