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