Illustration of a doctor in an exam room working on a computer

You might hire a dental assistant to:

  • Take and process X-rays
  • Perform routine dental cleanings

  • Assist the dentist with complex dental procedures

  • Get patients ready for oral surgery

  • Prepare examination rooms for appointments

  • Organize, sanitize, and coordinate restocking of dental equipment and accessories

Required skills and qualifications Preferred skills and qualifications
Familiarity with common dental instruments and sanitizing practices
Training or certification in dental assistance
Strong written and verbal communication
Certification in using X-ray technology and related equipment