A Day in the Life of a Dental Assistant

What exactly does a dental assistant do all day? What should you expect if land a job at a dental clinic as an assistant? We asked Emma, a 30-year-old dental assistant in the Oshawa area, to share what it’s like to work as a dental assistant in a busy clinic.

Why did you choose to become a dental assistant?

I chose it because I needed a part-time job that paid well. I also chose it because I was interested in the healthcare field, but I didn't think I’d enjoy nursing.

Can you describe the dental clinic you work in?

I work in a fast-paced, busy clinic. We have five operatories (clinic rooms), two dentists, two dental assistants and four hygienists.

What are your main responsibilities at the dental clinic?

Each day is a bit different, but almost every day I:
  • Sterilize instruments
  • Greet and seat patients
  • Assist with procedures (restorations, root canals, extractions, crown preps, etc)
  • Take x-rays
  • Polish teeth
  • Take impressions
  • Do lab work
  • Pull charts
  • File
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