Professional Dental Assistant Training in Lee’s Summit, Missouri
Being a dental assistant is more than just a job. It is an opportunity to create a satisfying career that brings you and others joy every day. Our accelerated 12-week dental assistant program offers a solid foundation to ensure you acquire the confidence you need to perform on the job from the very first day. We also provide hands-on training with the latest technology, and job shadowing so you can get a realistic experience along with learning excellent skills.
Summit Dental Assisting Academy can help you get a great job in Jackson or Cass County, or the greater Kansas City, MO, Metropolitan area. Call us today for more information about our program and how to get started!
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Your Career as a Dental Assistant
As a valued member of the dental health team, you can aid in chair-side, laboratory, and administrative procedures. You will get the chance to help others improve their oral health and their quality of life.
As a dental assistant, you will accomplish a variety of tasks and complete rewarding challenges every day. Some of your responsibilities will include:
- Greet patients and preparing them for treatment
- Instruct patients in proper dental hygiene
- Maintain and organize dental instruments
- Take impressions and X-rays
- Assist with the fabrication of crowns and other restorations
- Keep accurate records of the treatment process
- Ensure patients are safe and comfortable before, during, and after treatment
- Assist with implementation and documentation of infection control standards
- Help the dentist during procedures with instruments and equipment
- Schedule patient appointments
- Work with front office staff for notification and payment processing
When you complete your course work through Summit Dental Assisting Academy, you will receive a certificate of completion and a letter of recommendation. You are then qualified to join the dental workforce, or you can further your credentials by completing the Missouri Test of Basic Dental Assisting Skills (MBDA) or the CANB’s Certified Dental Assistant (CDA) Exam.
Benefits of Working as a Dental Assistant
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment rates for dental assistants and the estimated employment growth are significantly higher than average for all other occupations. The median salary for dental assistants is $36,940 per year and can go up to more than $50,000 a year.
As a dental assistant, you will fill essential support positions as a direct aid to the dentist, conducting office tasks and performing the small supervised jobs on patients. Every day will be different as you interact with clients and staff to give your patients the support they need to achieve their oral health goals.
The Summit Dental Assisting Academy Program covers:
- Dental Terminology: A systematic study of dental terms needed for professional training. You will become proficient with the definition and pronunciation of terminology and abbreviations related to dentistry. Successfully describe the terminology of the neck and head and steps of cavity preparation and restorative procedures.
- Preventive Dentistry & Nutrition: How to teach the basic concepts of proper oral hygiene at home, assist patients with dental floss, and identify the role of nutrition in oral health.
- Cavity Classification and Charting: Understand the function of internal and external structures of the oral cavity and teeth, including general anatomy tooth morphology, and how to perform dental charting.
- Pharmacology & Radiology: Identify and recognize the history and properties of radiation and the biological effects of exposure, as well as the classification and safe administration of drugs used in dentistry.
- Business Administration: Learn to understand the business of dentistry, effective document management and storage, and operation of paperless dental office technology.
- Dental Tools & Diagnostic Equipment: Learn the specifics of each tool and piece of equipment, including four-handed dentistry techniques, time management skills, tray set-up, impression preparation, and many other laboratory procedures.
- Infection Control: Become acquainted with the physical, chemical, biological, and mechanical properties of dental materials, as well as the safety protocols for infection control and prevention of cross-contamination.
- Lab Techniques: Detailed study of dental instruments, their function, and proper application.
- Dental Emergencies: Learn to identify the needs of patients during treatment and recognize signs of distress. The course also includes full CPR certification.
- Ethics & Law: Develop professionalism as a dental staff member, learn problem-solving skills, stress management, and employment ethics, and the difference between civil and criminal law.
- Patient Care: Understand how to prepare a patient for treatment, operate as an assistant chairside, and the steps to dismiss the patients after treatment.
- Dental Specialties: Identify the intermediate and advanced chairside functions needed for the most common dental specialties and treatment focuses.
- Practice Examinations: Participate in practice tests to prepare for and demonstrate specific learning outcomes.
Working as a dental assistant will give you an excellent opportunity to decide if you want to extend your education and become a dental hygienist, or even a dentist. Both of these choices will require a significant investment of both time and money to achieve, and after completing our dental assistant program, you will have the knowledge and experience to determine which opportunity is right for you.
The job outlook for dental assistants is outstanding, with population growth and a higher number of middle-aged individuals fueling the demand for services. Ongoing research that links general health and oral health are increasing the need for more preventive dental services. Additionally, many older dentists who did not commonly use assistants are now leaving the field, making room for recent graduates who are more likely to employ assistants.
A career as a dental assistant is very stable, with a regular 40-hour workweek, standard benefits, and high job security. With a large variety of additional education and certificates available, it is easy to stay updated on the latest advancements in the field. You can also build on your knowledge and continue to become a hygienist or even a dentist.
Dental assistants work in pleasant, friendly dental clinics and offices with a variety of employers, including those in:
- Public or Private Dental Clinics
- Single or Multiple Dental Practices
- Public Health Clinics
- Technical Schools
- State Prisons
Experienced dental assistants can also choose to move into a specific area of dental care, such as pediatrics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics, or periodontics. With these specialty areas, there are more niche services to specialize in where you can make a significant impact on the lives of others. You can also transfer your skills into related fields like teaching, dental product sales, or insurance claim processing.
Start Your Dental Assisting Career Today!
Dental assistants play an integral role in the efficiency and flow of dental care. At Summit Dental Assisting Academy, we prepare you for the everyday activities of a dental assistant and include all the components required to become a valuable member of a professional dental team. To get started on your exciting new career, call Summit Dental Assisting Academy today!
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