At Chesterfield Smile Design, each dental professional on our team, from the front desk to the dentist, helps us operate smoothly and provide an excellent standard of care. Today’s message will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.
You may think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who puts the bib around my neck,” and you are right. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.
Competent dental assistants work behind the scenes at Chesterfield Smile Design. They assist during all dental procedures, including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.
When a dental patient arrives for his/her appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the necessary procedure. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our comfortable patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.
Whether the patient is receiving teeth whitening, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, or settling in for a two-hour smile makeover, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.
Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, make impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have an astute eye for detail and a first-rate memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.
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