X-ray certified dental assistants work under dentists' supervision and perform x-rays which help dentists detect cavities and determine the health, structure, and growth of the teeth and jaws. Often, these assistants also provide chair-side assistance to dentists, such as operating devices like water sprays, suction devices, and retractors.
Prior to appointments, dental assistants will have mixed compounds and prepared a tray of tools that will be needed. They must also make sure that their work area is kept clean, tools are sterilized properly, and periodic maintenance is performed on various machines. Strong communication skills are also important to work well with dentists and communicate dental procedures to patients, all while maintaining a calming presence.
X-ray certified dental assistants may also have administrative duties such as those involving inventory and ordering supplies. In smaller practices, they may have front-desk duties such as answering phone calls, maintaining records, scheduling appointments, and sending appointment-reminders. Applicants for the position must have completed the appropriate training from an accredited institution, as well as on-the-job training, and an x-ray certification is also required.
X-Ray Certified Dental Assistant Tasks
Assist dentist during dental treatment procedures.
Take and develop patient x-rays, including digital.
Maintain office records and supplies and schedule appointments.
Teach patients how to practice good oral hygiene.
Sterilize instruments and equipment.