What is Dental Assistants Profile?
Dental Assistants have trained personnel who provide chairside assisting, four-handed dentistry, radiology, and the use of dental materials in a dental clinic. Dental Assistants greatly increase the efficiency of the dentist in the delivery of quality oral health care. They are the second pair of hands for the dentists.
They mix dental materials, provide oral evacuation during dental procedures. It is the duty of the dental assistant to make the patients as comfortable as possible and relaxed for their treatment. They work along with the dentist as they examine and treat patients.
High school / 10th/ 12th candidates with biology, chemistry, health subjects can join for a dental training course to start a career as a dental assistant. There are numerous dental colleges and schools in India, providing training courses on dental-assisting programs.
Diploma in Dental Assistance and Dental Operation Room Assistant (DORA) are two main courses in this field. The duration of these courses may vary from 10 months to 2 years, depending on the institute. These courses teach a variety of skills needed for a dental assisting career.
The course includes a study of basic body systems and functions, oral anatomy, dental science, dental materials, computer and office applications, and oral radiology in preparation for these job duties. It may also include classroom and laboratory work in which students learn about teeth, gums, jaws, and other areas that dentists work on.
An internship during the course offers students the opportunity to practice their learned skills in dental Clinic and environments to prepare for their dental assisting career.
A Dental Assistant requires the following skills:
• ability to co-operate and work as part of a team.
• Should remain calm under pressure and in emergencies.
• Strong listening and speaking skills are necessary for communicating with dentists and patients.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills are also desirable.
• good critical thinking skills, which will allow him or her to evaluate alternative solutions to problems.