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Dental Assistants

Perform limited clinical duties under the direction of a dentist. Clinical duties may include equipment preparation and sterilization, preparing patients for treatment, assisting the dentist during treatment, and providing patients with instructions for oral healthcare procedures. May perform administrative duties such as scheduling appointments, maintaining medical records, billing, and coding information for insurance purposes.

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    Work Activities

    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.
    • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
    • Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory.
    • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
    • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
    • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
    • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
    • Apply protective coating of fluoride to teeth.
    • 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.
    • Clean teeth, using dental instruments.
    • Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
    • Fabricate and fit orthodontic appliances and materials for patients, such as retainers, wires, or bands.
    • 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.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • Reading Comprehension

      Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • 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.

    • Oral Comprehension

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

    Knowledge

    • 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.

    • 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.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 40390/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 19.42/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 10,610
    • Yearly Projected Openings 1,230

    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:
    • Attention to Detail
    • Dependability
    • Self Control
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Steam autoclaves or sterilizers
    • Orthodontic pliers
    • Dental hand pieces or accessories
    • Dental forceps
    • Dental dam supplies

    Technology

    • Office suite software
    • Medical software
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    • Electronic mail software
    • Accounting software

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