dental assistant

ALFREDO A. LOCHT D.D.S., M.S.D. PROSTHODONTIST - HOUSTON

In need of a productive dental assistant who is fluent in speaking Spanish, Eagle-Soft knowledge and to have experience of 2 years to perform many tasks,ranging from patient care and taking x rays and record keeping. Their duties vary by how the schedule is. Dental assistants typically do the following: • Ensure that patients are comfortable in the dental chair • Prepare patients and the work area for treatments and procedures • Sterilize dental instruments • Help dentists by handing them instruments during procedures • Keep patients’ mouths dry by using suction hoses and other equipment • Instruct patients in proper oral hygiene • Process x rays and complete lab tasks, under the direction of a dentist • Keep records of dental treatments Assistants who perform lab tasks, such as taking impressions of a patient’s teeth, work under the direction of a dentist. They may prepare materials for dental impressions or to create temporary crowns. All dental assistants complete certain tasks, such as helping dentists with procedures and keeping patient records. Dental assistants are allowed to perform the following procedures if needed: • Coronal polishing • Sealant application • Fluoride application • Topical anesthetic application Coronal polishing, which means removing soft deposits such as plaque, gives teeth a cleaner appearance. In sealant application, a dental assistant paints a thin, plastic substance over teeth that seals out food particles and acid- producing bacteria to keep teeth from developing cavities. Fluoride application, in which fluoride is put directly on the teeth, is another anticavity measure. Some dental assistants may be qualified to apply topical anesthetic to an area of a patient’s mouth, temporarily numbing the area to help prepare a patient for procedures.

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