At Distinctive Dental Services, each dental professional on our team helps us operate smoothly and provide a high standard of care. Today’s message will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.
You probably think of the dental assistant as, “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who clips the bib around my neck,” and you are right. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.
Role of a Dental Assistant
Competent dental assistants work behind the scenes at Distinctive Dental Services. They assist Dr. Scott Elrod during all dental procedures including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our competent assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.
When a dental patient arrives for their appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the specific procedure. Before they are escorted to a chair in one of our pleasant patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.
Whether the patient is receiving teeth whitening, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, or settling in for a two-hour cosmetic dental smile makeover with oral sedation, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.
At Distinctive Dental Services, infection control is always foremost in our minds. Our dental assistants, dentists, and hygienists are vigilant about the sterilization of dental instruments and follow strict infection control protocols. The health of our patients and employees is our highest priority.
Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, take impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have an astute eye for detail and a first-rate memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.
Schedule a Consultation to Improve Dental Health in Lake Jackson
At Distinctive Dental Services, we provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including dental crowns and General Dentistry. To book an appointment to improve your dental health in Lake Jackson, call 979-297-0337.
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