At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, each dental professional on our team helps us operate smoothly and provide an excellent standard of care. Today’s article will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.
You most likely think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who clips the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.
Competent dental assistants work behind the scenes at Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry. They assist dentist Brian McKay during all dental procedures including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our competent assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.
When a dental patient arrives for his/her appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the specific treatment. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our pleasant patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.
Whether the patient is receiving dental implants, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, or settling in for a two-hour smile transformation with oral sedation, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.
At Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry, infection control is always foremost in our minds. Our dental assistants, dentists, and hygienists are vigilant about the sterilization of dental instruments and follow strict infection control protocols. The health of our patients and employees is our highest priority.
Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, take impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have a sharp eye for detail and an excellent memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.
Advanced Cosmetic & Laser Dentistry is located at 600 Broadway Ste 600 in Seattle, WA. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including cosmetic dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. You can read more about our services at http://www.acld.com.
To schedule an appointment for an examination, consultation, or cleaning, call 206-720-0600.
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