When one sets out to chose careers the choices are many. You can go into law if you like ligation and defense or you can go into the field of medicine. One of the first levels in dentistry as far as a career path goes in studying and training to complete Dental Assistant, which can involve training of about 12 to 24 months. This initial course of study will provide you with the primary skills to seek employment in a dental facility. This is a good opportunity to work on a daily basis with the dentist and patients and see the in and out of a dental practice and further explore possible continual education as a dental hygienist or dentist.
A dental assistant has many roles in a dental practice. One of the many functions and very important to both dentist and patient is to sterilize tools and get them clean and ready for dental procedures for the dentists and hygienists. Once this critical step is done, they can assist the doctor during the procedures by providing him or her auxiliary assistance in handing dental instruments and materials tool to the doctor so he can focus on the care of the patient. By working as a dental assistant, you get to have a front row spot to all dental procedures while observing the techniques used by the dentist.
This alone is of great value as you get to witness this in real time and develop the aptitude for future use.
While it may be tempting to step in as a dentist, this is not allowed since a medical license and educational diplomas are needed to perform dental work. The best way to really get out there and perform dental work is to continue education and pursue a degree as a dentist or hygienist. With the knowledge gained as a dental assistant and with continued education the transition should be smooth and you will have an edge on the competition.
Finding qualified and knowledgeable dental assistants can be difficult to find. Some have the experience but not the attitude and work ethic to be a match for a particular dental office. So that being the case, there are many dentist who do what they can is order to keep qualified staff. They can offer to assist with the cost of the dental program and are also willing to work around the schedule of the dental assistant. Once you complete your dental study program you will have not only the degree but also the experience as a dental assistant that you can market yourself successfully to a dental practice.
A general certificate as a Dental Assistant is only a first step for someone that has a knack and desire to be a dentist or hygienist. As the field of dentistry grows into this and the next century and advancements in technology in dental equipment allows for dental procedures to be less intimidating and painful, the dental assistant can really succeed and become a dentist or hygienist with the time spent at work and with continued education to become a medical care giver in the field. For now, if you are a dental assistant, continue to encourage your patients, smile, and provide the assistance the doctor needs. One day you’ll be the one performing the dental procedures and will ask the same from your dental assistant.