Dental Career Paths • Colorado Springs, CO
Discover the Possibilities in the Dental Field
After you’re finished with your training at Assist To Succeed, you may be surprised at just how many career paths open up to you! This valuable education can be the first stepping stone towards a wide variety of different jobs in the world of dentistry. Keep reading below to learn more about these varied positions, and don’t hesitate to contact us today if you’d like to reserve a spot in our upcoming program.
Certified Dental Assistant
Dental assistants are a critical part of any oral healthcare office’s daily operations, working closely with dentists to ensure that patients have the most successful and smile-inducing experience possible. Through our program, you will also receive your certification as an assistant, which represents a higher level of clinical knowledge and experience with various duties, as well as more pay.
Expanded Function Dental Assistant
An Expanded Function Dental Assistant (also known simply as an EFDA) is licensed by the state and performs several services beyond the scope of a typical assistant, including the placement of dental sealants and different types of fillings for long-term cavity correction. To obtain this license, you must be certified and have at least two years of full-time experience as a working dental assistant. When it comes to assisting, this is the highest level of employment possible!
Dental Assistant Instructor
A dental assistant instructor’s top goal is to properly educate new students on the basics of the dental assisting industry. They need to be knowledgeable enough to impart lessons on the following topics:
- Successful patient interaction
- The names and uses of critical dental tools
- Hands-on instruction
- The keeping of dental records
It may go without saying, but extensive experience in dental assisting is required to become a dental assistant instructor like the ones we have right here at Assist To Succeed.
Dental Office Business Team Administrator
Team administrators have several important responsibilities, from managing a dental practice’s finances to properly scheduling appointments with patients. They’re also responsible for tracking payments made by patients and filing insurance claims as well. This team plays a BIG role in building trusting, warm relationships with patients over time, as they usually are the first ones to make contact. Many dentists specifically look for business team members who have experience in the assisting field.
To be a business team administrator, you are usually required to be familiar with the following tasks:
- Using an office computer
- Common dental procedures and general terminology
- Interpersonal communication
Dental Sales Representative
A dental sales representative’s job may be challenging at times, but it’s also extremely rewarding. Their primary responsibility is making sure that dental offices receive all of the new technology, equipment, and general supplies they need to stay up-to-date in the constantly evolving field of oral healthcare. They work closely with both dentists and office teams to better understand their personal needs and also make sure that any ordered supplies arrive on time. Other important qualities for this position include the following:
- Knowledgeable in dental equipment and general terminology
- Understanding the needs and preferences of dental offices
- Familiar with common sales techniques
- Having a friendly and confident demeanor
Dental hygienists are responsible for cleaning teeth, examining the oral structures to determine if any concerns are present, and providing other valuable preventive care. They use a wide variety of tools to carry out their duties, including X-ray machines and physical models of teeth. When applying to dental hygiene school, it often helps to have already received training as an assistant first! This foundation of knowledge regarding what goes on in a dental office can help you have a much higher change of being accepted.
Characteristics that a dental hygienist needs include the following:
- Overall confidence in your ability to provide high-quality oral healthcare
- A high level of familiarity with common dental terminology
- Proficiency in X-ray machines and other diagnostic technology
Dental consultants oversee dental practices and offer recommendations to teams regarding how to improve their work. They offer dedicated training to dentists and staff members, leading to the addition of measurable value and efficiency to their day-to-day operations. Becoming a successful consultant requires the following qualities:
- Extensive knowledge of dental terminology
- Being an effective communicator
- Understanding the interpersonal dynamics of a dental office team
- High familiarity with regular dental office procedures
Dentists are at the top of the mountain, providing vital diagnostic care, restorative attention, cosmetic makeovers, and much more to patients in need. They can remove dangerous tooth decay, straighten teeth, repair fractures, perform corrective surgery, replace lost teeth, write prescriptions for antibiotics – the list goes on and on. You may be surprised to learn that many accomplished dentists actually started out as assistants in their early years! They discovered through this initial career that they enjoyed the work so much that they wanted to pursue a higher level of education.