At St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville, each member of our team helps us operate smoothly and provide a high level of care. This article focuses on the duties of a dental assistant.
You possibly think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who attaches the bib around my neck,” and you are right. However, his/her knowledge of dental care and lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.
Dental assistants work behind the scenes at St. Mary’s Dental. They assist during all procedures including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.
When a patient arrives for his/her appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the procedure. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our comfortable patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.
Whether the patient is receiving dental implants, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, or settling in for a two-hour smile transformation with oral sedation, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.
At St. Mary’s Dental, infection control is always a top priority. 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 a keen eye for detail and a first-rate memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.
At St. Mary’s Dental in Mechanicsville, dental assistants are an essential part of our effort to providing outstanding dental care to each patient. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next cleaning and checkup today!