At Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS, each dental professional on our team helps us operate smoothly to provide an excellent standard of care. Today’s post will focus on the duties of a 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 clips the bib around my neck,” and you are correct. However, their knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.
Dental assistants work behind the scenes at Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS. They assist Dr. Craig Longenecker during all dental procedures including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our competent assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.
When a dental patient arrives for their appointment, our dental team in Monkton has already been preparing for the necessary procedure. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our pleasant patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.
Whether the patient is receiving dental implants, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, or settling in for a two-hour smile transformation with oral sedation, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.
At Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS, infection control is always a fundamental responsibility for our dental team in Monkton. Our dental assistants, dentists, and hygienists are vigilant about the sterilization of dental instruments and follow strict infection control protocols. The health of our patients and employees is our highest priority.
Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, take impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have an astute eye for detail and a first-rate memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.
At Hereford Dental Health – Craig Longenecker DDS, our dental team in Monkton provides general and cosmetic dental procedures including family dentistry, teeth whitening, restorative dentistry. To set up an appointment for an examination, consultation, or cleaning, call 410-357-0099.