Periodontal Assistant Salary
Periodontal Assistants in the United States are largely female. The average salary of the entire group is approximately $17.55 per hour. The majority of Periodontal Assistants claim high levels of job satisfaction. Approximately one in four have medical and dental plans, and close to one-eighth have vision insurance. The figures in this rundown are based on the results of PayScale's salary questionnaire.
|Total Pay (||$26,908 - $47,492|
|Hourly Rate||$12.76 - $21.35|
|Total Pay (||$26,908 - $47,492|
Job Description for Periodontal Assistant
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.Read More...
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
- Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
- Assist with cleaning deep gum pockets.
- Assist with removal of hardened plaque below the gum line.
- Assist dentist with periodontal treatment.
Pay by Experience Level for Periodontal Assistant
Pay by Experience for a Periodontal Assistant has a positive trend. An entry-level Periodontal Assistant with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $34,000 based on 26 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Periodontal Assistant with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $36,000 based on 9 salaries. An experienced Periodontal Assistant which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $39,000 based on 13 salaries. A Periodontal Assistant with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $43,000 based on 14 salaries.
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