Dental assistants work closely with dental operators to ensure the best treatment and care of all patients. A dental assistant can expect to perform tasks like assisting dentists and surgeons with oral cleaning and procedures, assisting with dental radiography, using water and suction, managing and sterilising dental tools, preparing for dental procedures, advising patients on oral hygiene, managing and organising the dental clinic, interacting with patients, and scheduling and managing appointments.
Due to the small-scale nature of private practice, dental assistants may find themselves taking on a broad range of management and administrative duties in addition to the technical requirements of assisting the dental operator. With this experience, you’ll enjoy the opportunity to build skills in administration, customer service, scheduling, and database management, and develop the ability to work effectively in both teams and in independent work. You may choose to move into a practice management role after working in dental assisting, due to the broad experience and opportunities this qualification offers.
By studying a dental assistant course, you’ll open yourself up to a challenging but exciting professional opportunity.