The Dental Assistants Team
What Do Nosehill Dental Centre Dental Assistants Do?
Intra-oral, or Level II dental assistants are multi-skilled health care professionals, possessing a diverse knowledge base. They effectively perform clinical and technical skills as well as support with administrative procedures. Their education and training, professionalism and experience coupled with provincial registration and licensing qualify them to perform a variety of supportive and direct patient care procedures.
Intra-oral dental assistants prepare for and support patients for treatment by practicing universal precautions and infection control. They attend to the patient’s comfort and support in updating patient health histories.
Intra-oral dental assistants help perform a variety of clinical procedures. They assist the Dentist with the administration of anesthetics, general dentistry and specialty procedures. They perform preventive, orthodontic and prosthodontic intra-oral procedures as well as post treatment care. These may include temporary crown placement, preliminary impressions, coronal polishing, dental dams and fluoride.
Intra-oral dental assistants expose and process digital dental radiographs for use in treatment. They also produce records such as dental photographs and study models to aid in prognosis.
They can also provide oral self care, disease prevention, post-operative care, nutritional counseling and dental health education to patients.
They can also support clinical treatment procedures by performing certain laboratory functions like fabricating study models and constructing whitening trays.
They can also perform basic practice management procedures which include computer entries, managing patient appointments and maintaining financial and medical records.
As new technologies emerge; the dental assistants’ scope of practice is continually evolving. For this reason, dental assistants have a professional responsibility to learn about new technologies and upgrade their skills as regulations change.
Certainly, the role of the dental assistant is one that makes a big difference in the high quality of patient care that is provided by the team of dental assistants at Nosehill Dental Centre.