Dental assistant are skilled and valuable members of the dental clinical team. They may assist a dental operator (such as a dentist or other treating dental auxiliary) in providing more efficient dental treatment by preparing the patient for treatment, sterilizing instruments, passing instruments during the procedure, holding suction devices, exposing dental radiographs, taking impressions, and fabricating provisional crowns. Dental assistants proper should be distinguished from other groups of dental auxiliaries (such as dental therapists, dental hygienists and dental technicians) who usually have a higher level of training and expertise.
In some U.S. states, dental assistants can work in the field without a college degree, while in other states, dental assistants must be licensed or registered.Dental assistants are required to meet the minimum certification to work in the field. There are many things that dental assistants must consider while working in the field and arguably the most important is infection control.The Commission on Dental Accreditation of the American Dental Association accredits dental assisting school programs, of which there are over 200 in the United States.To become a Certified Dental Assistant, or CDA, dental assistants must take the DANB (Dental Assisting National Board) CDA examination after they have completed an accredited dental assisting program, or have at least two years of on-the-job training as a dental assistant. Some dentists are willing to pay a dental assistant-in-training that has a good attitude and work ethic.
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