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Dental assistants play a very important role in the day-to-day operations of many dental, orthodontic, endodontic, and oral surgery clinics. They are frequently called upon to play a wide range of roles. Some are called upon to help with minor patient treatments and procedures. Other clinics might need a dental assistant to help with client relations and clerical duties.

This could be related to scheduling patient appointments, following up with any of the potential care questions, and helping explain basic questions. A dental assistant can also help with clerical duties, maintaining files, developing X-rays, updating patient histories, and basic paperwork.

Here at the Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia, we use a two-stage approach to help prepare you for a successful and rewarding career as a dental assistant. This starts with a 78-hour lecture series to help you develop the base of information needed to perform all of a dental assistant’s duties. We will then follow this up with a 50-hour internship, designed to give you hands-on, real world, industry experience.

After completing the program, you will be certified as a dental assistant capable of working in many oral healthcare industry offices.

If you are looking for a rewarding career in the oral healthcare industry that doesn’t require lengthy education, you should call 804-526-0231 to talk to someone at the Dental Assisting Institute of Virginia.