At The Gentle Art of Dentistry in Houston, each member of our team helps us operate smoothly to provide a high level of care. This message will explain the duties of a dental assistant.
You probably think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who clips the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.
Skilled dental assistants work behind the scenes at The Gentle Art of Dentistry. They assist the dentist during all dental procedures, including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. They also work with our dental hygienists during cleanings and patient instruction.
When a patient arrives for his/her appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the specific procedure. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our pleasant patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.
Whether the patient is receiving porcelain veneers, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, or settling in for a two-hour cosmetic dental smile makeover, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.
Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, take 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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