What Do Dental Assistants Do?

Dental assisting examDental assistants from Northwestern Michigan College find jobs with a variety of responsibilities. Following are examples:

  • Working chairside with a dentist to provide dental treatment
  • Providing treatment/patient education to all ages
  • Performing lab procedures such as making plaster study models and bleach
  • Exposing dental images, using computerized and traditional techniques
  • Making, placing, and removing temporary fillings
  • Placing protective sealants on teeth
  • Working in dental insurance companies as insurance analysts
  • Working in sales for dental supply companies
  • Working as a dental assistant educator
  • Working as dental consultants with multiple offices
  • Working at the front desk with appointment scheduling, insurance forms, patient accounts, and computer software
  • Working as an assistant in specialty offices such as orthodontics or oral surgery