The Periodontal Assistant can be thought of as very similar to a dental assistant or orthodontic assistant. Periodontal Assistants aid and facilitate the work of a Periodontist. The Periodontal Assistant plays a crucial role in the field, as the Periodontist needs to be focused with the job at hand as opposed to moving around and looking for different instruments, especially when he or she may be performing a surgical procedure.
The work environment of a Periodontal Assistant is indoors, primarily in a dental procedures room. Periodontal Assistants generally work regular eight-hour shifts anywhere between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m.. A common shift would be 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Periodontal Assistants work primarily with the Periodontist whom they are assisting, but also with the office workers at their place of employment, as well as with the patients. Their primary duties include handling and maintaining dental equipment and making sure that the appropriate supplies are readily available. They also perform X-rays on patients, which requires them to be 18 years or older. Educational requirements are either a certification from a college or technical school, or three to six months of related experience. Periodontal Assistants must also be exemplary at providing customer service as they work with patients on a daily basis.
Periodontal Assistants provide many important activities in their job to make sure that procedures run smoothly and quickly for a Periodontist. Without their work, a Periodontist would only be able to see a handful of patients per day, and businesses would struggle as a result.
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.