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Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Work Activities
  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
  • Clean teeth, using dental instruments.
  • Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory.
  • Fabricate and fit orthodontic appliances and materials for patients, such as retainers, wires, or bands.
  • Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
  • Schedule appointments, prepare bills and receive payment for dental services, complete insurance forms, and maintain records, manually or using computer.
  • Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
  • Pour, trim, and polish study casts.
  • Apply protective coating of fluoride to teeth.
  • Clean and polish removable appliances.
Skills
  • Active Listening

    Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • Reading Comprehension

    Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  • Speaking

    Talking to others to convey information effectively.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
4
Reading for Information
4
Locating Information
4
Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension

    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Near Vision

    The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

  • Oral Expression

    The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Knowledge
  • Medicine and Dentistry

    Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.

  • English Language

    Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  • Customer and Personal Service

    Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Pay
  • Ohio Annual Salary $36,500/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $17.55/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 9,800
  • Yearly Projected Openings 410
Typical Education
Personality
Conventional: People interested in this work like activities that include data, detail, and regular routines. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Cooperation
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Dependability
  • Self Control
  • Concern for Others
Tools
  • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
  • Orthodontic pliers
  • Dental hand pieces or accessories
  • Dental forceps
  • Dental dam supplies
Technology
  • Word processing software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Office suite software
  • Medical software
  • Accounting software
Tags
  • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
  • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
  • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.