At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, each member of our team plays an important role in helping us operate smoothly to provide excellent dental care to each patient. This blog post focuses on the dental assistant.
You probably think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who attaches the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is more extensive than you may realize.
Dental assistants assist the dentist during all procedures, from basic oral examinations to tooth prep to cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. They also work with our hygienists during cleanings and patient instruction.
When a patient arrives for an appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the specific procedure. Before the patient is escorted to a chair in one of our exam rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.
Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, make impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have an astute eye for detail and an excellent memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.
At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL, every member of the team strives for excellence. Our serviceds include a comprehensive range of general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup with us today!