Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Salary
Job Description for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)
Dental assistants help provide patient care in a dental setting. Registered expanded function dental assistants (RDAEFs) are dental assistants who are authorized to perform duties beyond a dental assistant's traditional duties. Duties of RDAEFs vary depending upon the state and the specific dental office in which an assistant works. RDAEFs might take X-rays, perform orthodontic functions, apply topical agents, polish teeth, and/or administer nitrous oxide.Read More...
Most dental assistants work full-time during regular business hours. Almost all dental assistants work indoors in a dental practice with dental hygienists and dentists. An RDAEF might work with unlicensed dental assistants and regular dental assistants as well. In some cases, they work with dental practice managers who supervise any work performed by the dental assistant related to patient scheduling or billing. Typical supervisors of dental assistants are dentists or dental hygienists.
Most dental assistants have completed education beyond high school. Generally, they have completed a one-year training programs at a community college and passed a state exam; training involves learning about teeth, gums, jaws, dental instruments, and dental terminology, as well as practical experience. Two-year dental assistant programs leading to an associate’s degree are also available. In most states, the expanded functions performed by RDAEFs require additional instruction, special classes, certifications, and/or exams beyond those required for dental assistants. Important skills for dental assistants include being detail oriented, having good interpersonal skills, having good listening skills, and possessing excellent organizational skills.
Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF) Tasks
- Take impressions and bite registrations.
- Clean and polish coronal surfaces of teeth to remove stains, apply fluoride treatment.
- Place and remove matrix retainers for alloy and composite restorations.
- Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
- Fit preliminary crowns for adjustments, place temporary restorative material in teeth.
Common Career Paths for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)
Though not the most common occurrence, Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants sometimes become Dental Hygienists, where the average income is $64K per year. Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants most often advance into Office Manager of a Dental Office and Certified or Registered Dental Assistant positions even though the median salaries are $2K lower and $8K lower, respectively.
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Popular Skills for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)
Survey results suggest that Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants put a wide range of professional skills to use. Most notably, skills in Orthodontics, Composite Fillings, Oral Surgery, and Radiology are correlated to pay that is above average. Skills that pay less than market rate include Pediatrics, Radiology, and Oral Surgery. Most people who know Oral Surgery also know Pediatrics and Orthodontics.
Pay by Experience Level for Dental Assistant, Registered Expanded Function (RDAEF)
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. The average inexperienced worker earns $34K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $40K. Registered Expanded Function Dental Assistants see a median salary of $47K after reaching one to two decades on the job. Veterans who have surpassed the 20-year mark may make only slightly more than those who are navigating the mid-career stage; the more senior group reports median earnings of around $51K.