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Different Jobs In The Dental Field

A dental career offers a multitude of benefits and opportunities, including

  • The ability to specialize in your interests
  • The opportunity to meet different people
  • A chance to educate the public
  • Freedom and flexibility 

There are several different dental career opportunities beyond becoming a dentist or a dental specialist. 

Dental Assistant

Dental assistants play a large part in making sure that a dental office runs smoothly and efficiently. While duties vary depending on each practice’s individual needs, the day to day responsibilities for dental assistants can include:

  • Greeting patients
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Record upkeep
  • Instrument preparation and clean up
  • Taking X-rays
  • Assisting with chair-side duties

When deciding on an assistant program to go through, choose one that is CODA recognized. These programs incorporate training that covers things such as dental assisting skills and theory, preclinical instruction and supervised clinical practice.

Dental Hygienist 

Many dental hygienists work a very flexible full time or part time schedule.  The majority of their job responsibility is focused on clinical work. Their main duties deal with preventative care. A dental hygienist's tasks include:

  • Teeth cleaning
  • Obtaining and recording important information about patients' oral and overall health
  • Oral disease check
  • X-rays
  • Teaching proper oral health care techniques

A qualified dental hygienist must hold a bachelors or associates degree from an accredited program. After acquiring a dental hygienist degree, you must obtain a license in the state you want to work in.

Dental Laboratory Technician

A dental laboratory technician's work happens mostly in the laboratory. It is there that they create and repair multiple different types of oral devices. Based on individual specifications sent over by the dentist, a dental technician creates a dental prosthetic. A few examples of prosthetics a dental technician may create are:

  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Dentures
  • Implants

Similar to dental assistants, many states do not require specific education to become a dental technician, and many of the necessary skills can be learned on the job. For those hoping to acquire a higher income, however, school is a good idea. Many vocational, technical, community and junior colleges offer dental technician programs that can be completed in three to four years.

Where to Find Jobs in the Dental Field

Kool Smiles is a great place to begin or continue your dental career. We are a group of oral healthcare professionals dedicated to providing overlooked communities with affordable, quality care. We have many positions for dentists specialists, assistants, technicians and hygienists waiting to be filled.

Get in contact with one of our Kool Smiles recruiters to find out more about available dental jobs and the hiring process.

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Sources:

123Dentist: http://www.123dentist.com/four-major-benefits-choosing-career-dentistry/

Learn4Good: http://www.learn4good.com/health/dentistry_dental_careers.htm

eHow: http://www.ehow.com/facts_5003325_different-types-jobs-dentistry.html

ADA: http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/dental-team-careers/dental-hygienist/education-training-requirements-dental-hygienist

ADA: http://www.ada.org/en/education-careers/careers-in-dentistry/dental-team-careers/dental-laboratory-technology

Carrington College: http://carrington.edu/blog/dental/working-in-dentistry-list-of-careers-jobs-in-dental-field/

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