Dental Assistant Facts

Dental Assistant careers are projected to grow by 11% in the next eight years. This can be due to the new research linking your oral and general health. Other factors, such as the population aging and needing preventative dental care also play a role. 

Dental Assistants work in dental offices and usually all of them have full-time careers. Are you considering making the leap to Dental Assistant? Check out these facts: 

Dental Assistants help the Dentists.

While tasks vary in each office, typically the job is to help prepare and organize tools needed by dentists to work on a patient. They also prepare patients, instruct patients in proper oral hygiene, take x-rays, sterilize dental instruments, assist in record keeping, and schedule appointments.

Dental Assistants make $17/hour on average

According to Indeed, Dental Assistants make an average of $17 per hour in South Carolina. At a full-time position that’s $36,000 a year!

You can do it in 18 weeks!

Palmetto School’s dental assistant program offers hands-on training that will have you completing your certification exam in 18 weeks. After you finish the program, our Placement Coordinator will assist you in job placement. 

What you’ll learn:

  • An introduction to dental assisting, the role of the Dental Assistant, the dental team, and characteristics of a professional Dental Assistant.
  • Head anatomy, oral histology, tooth terminology and anatomy, SOAP, charting, and classification of cavities.
  • HIPAA, chart documentation, insurance terminology, and dental codes.
  • OSHA, HIV, and infection control.
  • Isolation, rubber dam placement, 4-handed dentistry, amalgam, composites, tub & tray systems, crown and bridge, and provisional crowns.
  • Preventive dentistry, sealants, oral hygiene, periodontal disease, oral prophylaxis, and topical fluoride.
  • Study models, impression taking, pouring, trimming, and bite registration.
  • CPR Certification (BLS Card from American Heart Association included with course)
  • Oral Surgery, Prosthodontics, Endodontics, and Orthodontics.
  • Radiology safety and procedure, intraoral radiology, and panorex.
  • Communication skills & telephone techniques, patient relations, Dental Healthcare Team communications, and computerized Dental Practices.
  • Dental Patient Scheduling, Inventory Management, Dental Insurance Processing, Bookkeeping, and Accounts Receivable.

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