A periodontal assistant aids a doctor in a dental practice that deals with the maintenance of structures that help support teeth, such as bones, gums, and tissues. During treatments, the periodontal assistant will aid the dentist by handing necessary tools to him or her. The assistant may also directly assist with treatment by cleaning or operating necessary tools.
Prior to any treatments being carried out, the periodontal assistant may be expected to explain to the patient what is going to happen. The assistant may also take the patient’s medical history and/or obtain records from prior medical providers. If x-rays are needed, taking these x-rays may also be the duty of the periodontal assistant. One of the aims of periodontics is to prevent and reverse gum disease. The assistant will also prepare items that the doctor needs to use, such as sterilizing tools and preparing dental trays. It is important to make sure that the area of practice is always clean and tidy. Inventory is another job that is often done by the periodontal assistant. It is important to make sure that supplies are always available for use. In some practices, the periodontal assistant may also be the one who orders the supplies.
Usually a periodontal assistant must have a minimum of a high school diploma. In addition, schooling and certification as a periodontal assistant is also necessary.
Periodontal Assistant Tasks
Assist with removal of hardened plaque below the gum line.
Assist dentist with periodontal treatment.
Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
Assist with cleaning deep gum pockets.