At Cary Family Dental, each member of our dental team helps us operate smoothly and provide an excellent standard of care. This article focuses on the duties of a dental assistant.
You probably think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who puts the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is more extensive than you may realize.
Dental assistants not only make your dental appointment more pleasant, they make it effective, efficient, and safe. When a patient arrives for an appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the specific procedure. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our examination rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.
Whether the patient is having a routine checkup or a more complex procedure, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient experience.
Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, make impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have an astute eye for detail and an excellent memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.
At Cary Family Dental, our assistants are important members of the team that works for the dental health of our patients every day. Our services include a full range of general and family dentistry, and complete restorative dentistry. Call our office to schedule your next checkup today!
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