Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.Number of Jobs in 2010: 1,008
Number of Jobs in 2020: 1,097
Yearly Job Growth Rate: 8.8
Annual Openings: 30
Entry Wage: $14.27
Median Wage: $17.85
Education Requirement: Postsecondary non-degree award
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- 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.
- Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory.
- Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
- Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
- Pour, trim, and polish study casts.
- Clean and polish removable appliances.
- Clean teeth, using dental instruments.
- Fabricate and fit orthodontic appliances and materials for patients, such as retainers, wires, or bands.
- Schedule appointments, prepare bills and receive payment for dental services, complete insurance forms, and maintain records, manually or using computer.
- Apply protective coating of fluoride to teeth.
Indivduals currently working as Dental Assistants can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Endoscopy Technicians
- Dental Hygienists*
- Radiologic Technologists
- Surgical Technologists*
- Neurodiagnostic Technologists
- Medical Assistants
- Respiratory Therapy Technicians
- Veterinary Technologists and Technicians
- Nuclear Medicine Technologists
- Cardiovascular Technologists and Technicians
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013