What Is A Dental Assistant?

PEOPLE ARE COMMONLY CONFUSED about what the exact role of a dental assistant is. What does an assistant take care of vs. a dental hygienist, for example? We want to set the record straight! Our dental assistants are an invaluable part of our team and practice–to be honest, we couldn’t get much done without them!

Dental Assistants Are Specially Trained To Serve You

Our dental assistants are specially trained to serve YOU–our valued patients!


What education/training does a dental assistant have to complete?  Dental Assistants complete a certificate degree in Dental Assisting at any Community College that offers the certification.  Most certification takes one year.

Is there any continuing education?  Though they are not legally required to achieve a set number of hours of continuing education by our state, our Dental Assistants are constantly receiving advanced training.  Most recently they have focused on the subjects of dental implants, dental photography, and custom staining of dental porcelains.

What are the duties of a dental assistant?  Our Dental Assistants focus on creating a seemless visit for any patient that needs direct care from the Dentist.  This begins when they prepare several days in advance for the appointment, they often speak to patients on the phone to prepare them for the visit.  They also make sure all needed supplies are available.  They are focused on educating the patient as well as keeping them at ease.  The Dental Assistant is often the best source of information for any question that may arise from treatment options, procedures, payment options and post operative care.  They often follow up after visits with patients to make sure all is well and there are not any outstanding questions or needs.  Basically, they take care of it all!

Each Dentist in our practice would agree that a day without our assistant is a day not worth working.  The know us, understand us, and often guide us through our day!

Our Patients Are Our Priority

Our priority is providing the highest quality of care to our patients. And we couldn’t do it without the amazing dental assistants in our office! Do you have any questions for our assistants? Let us know in the comments below!

As always, thank you for choosing our practice. We love our patients!

Top image by Flickr user Véronique Debord-Lazaro used under Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 4.0 license. Image cropped and modified from original.

The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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