Friday, May 21, 2010

How long does the average dental cleaning take at the dentitst office?

The average cleaning is about 20-30 minutes if you're seen on a regular 6 month basis and if you have a pretty good hygienist.

How long does the average dental cleaning take at the dentitst office?
I would say about 40 minutes. 20 to clean your teeth and 20 in the waiting room...with an appointment!
Reply:Most the time plan on an hour. Your hygienist should take xrays, check you for oral cancer, clean your teeth and polish them. Most usually you Dr. will also come in to look at your xrays and talk with you about any concerns you have.
Reply:It usually takes 20min to an hour depending on many factors including any xrays and the exam by the dentist, and how much build-up you have on your teeth.
Reply:How long has it been since you've had a cleaning? For adult patients that come in every six months to our office, our appointments are 50 minutes long. That includes time for x-rays and the dental exam. If it's been a long time since you've had your teeth cleaned, then it could take considerably longer. Sometimes we will have to tell new patients that we cannot clean their teeth in one appt so they need to come back for a "deep cleaning" which usually takes two one-hour-long appts. All dental offices are different though. I think most offices allow one hour for adult cleanings. And some offices allow additional time for new patients (two hours in some offices) to chart restorations, periodontal conditions, and take x-rays.

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Dental hygiene in USA?

Can i be a dental hygienist and work in the Dentists office just after having an Associate degree in Dental Hygiene??

what are the starting salary of a Dental Hygienist?

Dental hygiene in USA?
Of course you can!

As far as finding out salaries, you could always call dental offices and ask what their starting salary is. Chances are you'll get a bunch of different numbers, but just total them and find the average.

Best of luck in your hygiene career!
Reply:Median hourly earnings of dental hygienists were $28.05 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $22.72 and $33.82 an hour. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $18.05, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $40.70 an hour.

Earnings vary by geographic location, employment setting, and years of experience. Dental hygienists may be paid on an hourly, daily, salary, or commission basis.

Dental hygienists must be licensed by the State in which they practice. To qualify for licensure in nearly all States, a candidate must graduate from an accredited dental hygiene school and pass both a written and clinical examination.

Most dental hygiene programs grant an associate degree, although some also offer a certificate, a bachelor’s degree, or a master’s degree. A minimum of an associate degree or certificate in dental hygiene is generally required for practice in a private dental office.

Dental Consulltant have/would you hire one?

I have several years of dental assisting and practice management experience. I enjoy the dental field and the job security I have found within it. In several offices I have successfully increased production and collections while assisting the doctors in lowering overhead and decreasing turnover. Making for much happier dentists. I have a business license now for dental consulting. I want to know as a dentist what you would look for the most when hiring a dental consultant. Have you done it? Would you consider it? What would you want from a consultant? Thank you in advance for your time and input!

Dental Consulltant have/would you hire one?
Reply:maybe if I was an idiot dentist. I think most dentist like making their own calls about their practices, but hey, I guess a proven track record would be the best thing to show someone. I'd want to see some economic data from previous clients if I were to hire you, and I don't know how many dentist would release all that financial info to you. Good luck.
Reply:Actually we do have a consultant in our office.

From an assistants standpoint, work with the staff, learning their wants, problems, and concerns. That really helps the dentist get along better with the staff if they know how to talk to him about their problems.
Reply:I am also a consultant in the medical and dental field this may interest you:

So i dont have dental insurance...?

i live in nj and i dont have dental ins or money to pay full price at a dentists office. I've heard about the dental clinics and how they charge you based off of your income but whenever i have tried calling them they say that they dont make appointments. i just have to be there b4 8oclock and be one of the first three people standing in line cuz thats all theyll take. i've tried and so far i cant be seen. does anyone know of anywhere cheap? my teeth are killing me. its an emergency

So i dont have dental insurance...?
Dental insurance is not cheap. My father paid for his himself (not thru employer) and decided to cancel it. Rather than pay $25-40/mo he just paid the dentist for hsi 2 annual visits and it was cheaper. This is great if you don't have any major issues. At the same time if your problem is something as simple as a pop corn kernel that can be fixed with just a regular visit and would probably be worth the $100 it may cost u. Dont be one of "those people" who only wants to get insurance for 1 month to fix ur problem and cancel. A lot of self-pay policies have 6-18 month waiting periods before you can do more than a just a cleaning anyway..
Reply:find a dentist that will take monthly help (ask him to apply for visa credit card to cover your expense) citibank will take it up to 1500.00
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As for how much it will cost you at the dentist... that depends on what you need to have done exactly. I can tell you that for the actual initial exam to be seen %26amp; checked, typically that alone could cost roughly $130, but with Ameriplan you are looking at roughly $35-45.

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Reply:Contact your local dental society. The dental society can give you the names of dentists/surgeons in your area that provide free, low-cost or sliding scale fee services for patients. If you don't know the name of yours, contact the American Dental Association. Most states have one. Some cities and counties have them, as well. I have included some links to some New Jersey Dental Societies.
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Does Major League Baseball or any professional sports teams carry a team Dentist and/or Dental Hygienist?

I don't see them listed on their medical staff, but do you think they carry them on the road with them for their dental issues, or have a specific office that is just dedicated to serving the team?

Does Major League Baseball or any professional sports teams carry a team Dentist and/or Dental Hygienist?
I don't know about all pro teams, but I have heard of teams having a dentist on call. The dentist would not travel with the team the way a physician (esp. an orthopedic surgeon) would, because it is so rare to have a dental injury. If you are in Chicago, you would use the Chicago on-call dentist. Again, I have heard of this arrangement for some teams and I can not speak with authority about all teams.
Reply:Most all teams have the own Physician.
Reply:all pro teams have Dr's and dentists in every city that are under contract to the teams and will always be available for them
Reply:A good friend and former employee works for the dentist who attends to the Seattle Seahawks. I don't suppose they are as busy as the detists who take care of hockey teams.

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Free dental services in the contra costa county?

okay i am in desperate need of wisdom teeth extractions and i know that they are extremely costly. i have no insurance what so ever and i have been searching for the longest time ever for health and dental insurance.

i am a full time student with no source of income, is there any programs or anything out in the contra costa county that will help.

i know many have told me to go to dental schools and they offer services there, but not at a reasonable price. they practically charge and arm and a leg just for x-rays of my teeth.

i just want to know if there are any dental services that help with the cost of dental services or even free dental services.

oh and i've tried contacting a lot of the offices of the contra costa health programs but i am not 21 yet and they won't help until i am. where else can i turn?

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Dental assistants. What are the most important things the office will expect you to know?

In a few months I will be working as a dental assistant. My classes have gone by so quickly I feel like I haven't really spent as much time as I should had on certain areas, or know everything I should know to be ready for the real job..

What are the most important things the dentist will expect me to know when first starting off? Just little curious I am very nervous! (:

Dental assistants. What are the most important things the office will expect you to know?
I'm a dentist.

I can tell you what I expect from assistants.

Basically, it depends. If you've been through a dental assisting program, I'd expect you to know the following:

1. what materials/instruments are used to place amalgams

2. materials/instruments used to place composites.

3. a general idea of what root canals involve and what instruments are used.

4. a general idea of what instruments are used for extractions

5. how to properly set up and clean a room.

6. the difference between "clean" and "unclean" (this is a big problem with dental assistants....some of them don't know that items that touch the floor shouldn't be put back on the counter!!!).

Basically, the doctor with whom you'll be working will train you, as will the other assistants. But since you've been through a course, they will expect you to have some knowledge of what they're doing.
Reply:basically, prepare for the day, learn how to deal with Patients. Learn to use people skills to make problem patients feel more at easy, and most of all, learn the dentist's "quirks"......anticipate any special tools that he/she may prefer to use and try to be prepared for them before the patient is in the chair. You'll do fine, just give yourself some time.
Reply:What state are you in?

Reading charts (so you know what needs to be done) is important, as is taking xrays (if your state allows it), retraction, suction, instrumentation, mixing alginate, pouring models, infection control protocol, OSHA and HIPAA.... and the list goes on from there.

Dentists will have their own 'way' to do things, so whatever you learned in class, as far as procedures go, may need to be adjusted to suit your employer....

Don't be nervous! Be friendly to the patients and co-workers, leave your 'baggage' out of the office... and keep smiling!

Keep in mind, too, that 'seasoned' dental assistants weren't born with the knowledge they have... they learned it, just like you!

Good luck in your new profession!

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In office teeth whitening and clear dental work?

Currently, I have two fillings on my two front teeth, (because one is chipped), a crown on the side top and a clear filling on the side bottom.

I really, really want to get my teeth whiter

by some type of in-office treatment.

So I know i'll have to get my white fillings replaced to match it.

My question is, has anyone ever done this or know how I can go about doing it?

Would I be able to get at least the two front teeth done the same day as the whitening?

How much does the in-office whitening cost?

(i already have the at home whitening, but stopped using when i got the clear front fillings.)

In office teeth whitening and clear dental work?
1. Go back to using your home whitening kit. Ask for stronger solution if you feel you are not getting results.

2. When you feel your shade is as light as it can get, then get the fillings redone to match the new lighter shade.

3. In-office whitening can be as high as $650, and yes it can hurt for a few hours afterwards. I personally don't think the results are that much better than the take-home kind.
Reply:in-office varies - usually 300-400 bucks

depends on the doctor, if you schedule everything at once, I'm sure you could do it (though spending a whole day at a dentist office is not my idea of fun)

wouldn't worry about the crown, too far back to really see it.

Things to do while sitting on a dental chair in a dentist office?

Once I watched as a roach walked all the way down a door frame behind the dentist's back. It just took it's time, scampering this way and that, up some cable, along the side of a shelf. I guess it finds some good tasty tidbits at night!

Things to do while sitting on a dental chair in a dentist office?
my dentist office has a tv, so I just watch tv,
Reply:Grab the water gun, and try hitting the dentist's chair with it or shoot that damn bright light!
Reply:Move all the instruments on the dental tray into a different order, then watch the fun when the dentist comes in!
Reply:Play with the suction hose.
Reply:Pray...and hope that the dentist knows what they are doing.
Reply:Breathe the nitrous in deeply.
Reply:pray that he doesnt hit a nerve !
Reply:Listen to the assistant and dentist bulls*** conversation...there's nothing else I get to do..
Reply:i stare at those crazy magic pictures in the waiting room to see if i can see the little doggy, and i finally did
Reply:I sleep!
Reply:Bite my finger nails....thinking 'bout the pain.

What is the duties of a dental assistant in a doctors office?

I need serious answers from experience. Its my cousin first job interview for a job other than Mcdonalds. She needs my advice on what to say today.

What is the duties of a dental assistant in a doctors office?
The assistant is responsible for all of the following:

Set up of the treatment room for the next procedure. (i.e, preparing a tray of the necessary instruments and materials needed.)

Bringing the patient in and preparing the patient for that procedure. (i.e., placement of topical anesthesia. Explaining what will be done.)

Assisting the dentist during the procedure. (i.e., holding suction, retracting the tongue/cheek, mixing filling materials/cements, etc, etc.)

Taking impressions and making models.

Taking x-rays.

Entering treatment notes into the patient's chart.

Dismissing the patient.

Cleaning the treatment room and preparing the room for the next procedure/patient.

Making appointments.

These are just a few examples of the many duties a dental assistant has but it should give you an idea of how much is involved. The assistant needs to be willing to work with the public, have a nice personality and be able to get along with others.

I hope this helps.

Dental fillings??? Aftercare?

I just came from from having 3 "buildups" and temporary crown on a fourth tooth. Is buildup the same as fillings. I think so, but it was a change of plans from what i originally came for and I was so freaked out that I did not ask. The office was closing when the dental hygeniest finshed with me. Secondly, should I expect pain? Is there anyhting I shouldn ot eat or do for the next few days.

Dental fillings??? Aftercare?
A "build-up" or core is usually done when a tooth requires a crown but does not have enough internal support, usually because of extensive decay or previous large fillings. I am assuming you are having crowns on these teeth.

Don't eat anything sticky or hard, especially on the side with the temporary crown, as you do not want to dislodge it. Good luck.

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Who to call about improving the Postal employees dental coverage?

We have the worst dental coverage there is.My husbanbd works for the Post office,we have Blue cross blue shield and they cover basically nothing and what they do cover they cover by maybe $12! We tried to find a separate dental insurance but it isn't offered anywhere,just dental rebates.Why does the Post office not offer a better dental plan? We had Blue cross before with a different employer and they covered almost all except for crowns and if we did pay a part it was nominal.It is really the Post office that decides the contract and coverage for their employees.Is there any hope that I can contact anyone to ask for improvement?

Who to call about improving the Postal employees dental coverage?
They can but they wount

Dental Insurance and the Dentists Office?

Is it the Dentists Office responsibilty to refile a claim if one has not been paid in 6 months or is it the patient who must call the dentist office after so many months and tell them to re-file it?

Dental Insurance and the Dentists Office?
It is the patient's responsibility to keep up with insurance. Although, whoever does the insurance at your dentists office may try to stay on top of things, it's absolutely impossible to keep up with everyone's claims that have not been paid yet. I do exactly this for a living, so I know it can get overlooked sometimes. If you know the claim has not been filed or has not come through to your knowledge, (you would know this because you should have received an explanation of benefits from your insurance company probably before the dental office received their copy) you can always call your insurance company and ask if the claim has been filed or processed, and if so if anything was paid. If they have processed and paid it, then it could be en route to the dental office or lost in the mail. Be sure to communicate with the office to tell them any information you found out. If the claim was not filed or processed, per your insurance company, then call the dental office and kindly remind them that you have seen no payment by the insurance company for whatever date of service it was and ask them to please re-submit it for you. Every office is different. Some offices have the policy where the patients are responsible for filing their own insurance. It's not how we work around here, and hopefully it's not for your office either. It's a lot more headache for both the staff and the patient! Hope this helped!!! :)

BTW it sounds like someone at that office just didnt want to do their job...hopefully they aren't trying to collect the money on it. The only reason they should MAKE you pay would be if the insurance company sent back an explanation saying that due to frequency limitations or expired coverage, your 6 month visit was not covered. They should have no problem re-filing the claim for you. That's just rude...seeing as how most insurance companies and offices do electronic claims...just the click of a button and they are filed!!
Reply:Patient should call, tell them it hasn't been paid and if they would resubmit to Insurance company.
Reply:If they are asking you for payment, call them and ask that it be refiled. If they aren't asking for payment, maybe they already have. Are you sure it just needs to be refiled, and that the claim wasn't denied?
Reply:it depends on how responsive the staff is and how good they are and how well they know their job, if you're on the hook for the $$ it would behoove you to contact the insurance company to straighten things out before it goes to collections and ruins your credit
Reply:the insurance policy is yours and it is up to you to file the claim, the dental office usually will do this but due to the privacy act alot of insurance companies will only speak to the policy holder. remember you are responsible for the bill not the insurance company ..
Reply:Ten points for Casey'sMom!

...she said exactly what I would have said!

Start with calling your insurance company first to see if the claim was ever processed... if they say it hasn't, you can tell the dental office so, and ask them to resubmit it. If they give you a hard time, tell them that you'll do it yourself, and that you will stop by to pick up the copy of the original claim and resubmit it yourself.... chances are they'll do it for you if you say that to them...

Best of luck!


Is a dental hygienist allowed to drill on teeth?

I went to the dentist about 2 weeks ago for a filling. THe dentist drilled the cavity out then the dental hygienist told the Dr. that she could do the filling. He left the room and then she said she thought she saw some more "staind" on my teeth. So she took the drill and started drilling more. I Have been in so much pain the past two weeks. A few days ago I went back and they said they would adjust my "bite" by drilling down some becasue evidently she drill down enough. I"m still in pain and yesterday they told me I would need a root canal.

I asked another dental hygienist at another dentist office and she said that they weren't allowed to drill she though. Or at least they aren't suppose to there. SHe said I could probably file a lawsuit against the dentist to cover time I missed from work and when I go to a different dentist next week (becasue I won't be going back to the other guy) to keep up with charges an things. PLease someone answer who is qualified to do so. THank you,

Is a dental hygienist allowed to drill on teeth?
I'm a dentist.

I do know that some states allow hygienists to administer local anesthesia (which I think is a terrible idea) and perform some other expanded duties. I do know that some states allow assistants to place fillings. Using the drill, however, is solely the doctor's privilege. To my knowledge, no one else has the authority to do so in any U.S. state.

Keep in mind that it's entirely possible, in fact, it's likely that the doctor was unaware of the hygienist's actions. As a doctor myself, I'd go apesh*t if I found out a hygienist second-guessed my clinical judgment AND proceeded to modify my work. She'd be out on her *** before she could say "tooth". The vast majority of doctors would see it the same way.

There are two ways you can handle this:

1. You can simply report it to your state's board of health professions and let them investigate it. or

2. You can address it directly with the doctor himself.

If you choose the latter, you'll likely make life easier for yourself (and the doctor, of course), and still have the option of reporting it to the proper authorities for investigation should the need exist.

I'd choose option #2, and I'm not just saying this because I'm a doctor.
Reply:Oh my gosh, NO! That is so horrible, I am sorry you went through that. Sue them, seriously.

I agree with Ilhenley. Report that dentist either way. He is in serious breach of ethics and professional responsibility.
Reply:ABSOLUTELY NOT! The job of a dental hygienist is to clean teeth and instruct patients on proper oral hygiene. THAT IS IT! I work for a dentist and this is illegal. I would report that dentist to the dental board for the state you live in. The only person allowed to drill on teeth is the dentist.
Reply:You should go see a lawyer who specializes in malpractice because each state has different laws and they would have the best information for you. You probably don't want law advice from the internet, everyone has their own opinion.
Reply:it is generally against the LAW for a hygenist to "drill" in to anything, however packing filling material is not against the law. what probably happened was by having your filling to high you may have bruised the nerve and casued some damage, this is why Dr,'s are the only ones that preform dental work... good luck with the new guy
Reply:The hygienist is absolutely not allowed to drill. I does not matter how many times she watched. I would even question the fact that she filled it. Get a lawyer. At the very least, they owe you a root canal from another dentist and time lost from work.
Reply:I do not know the laws on expanded functions in all 50 states, but I have never heard of any law that permits an auxilliary to perform an irreversible procedure, which includes drilling. In my opinion, this must be illegal.
Reply:RDH can fill teeth if they have completed an expanded functions course. They can also administer local anesthesia. They can NOT use a high speed drill. You should contact the Board of Dentistry in your state to find out their rules.
Reply:You are paying him for the work ,not his hygienist. Report that office to
Reply:It depends on the state. Unless you give the state you are in and you get a dental professional on here to answer you, then you are not going to get good advice. I am sorry if that offends anyone else who answered, but I have been in the dental field for 10 years and I can not tell you how much bad dental advice that I see average people on here giving everyday.

I have to question whether this was actually a hygienist, but actually an assistant. The hygientist in my office never assists on fillings. But if it was one, in some states they can actually give shots, so like I said, you didn't give enough info to get a correct answer.

I am looking for an office to complete my dental externship at...?

I am currently at a pediatric office but its not working out so well, I am told to only observe because they do not have time to show me or teach me how to do the procedures. I am kinda sad about it because they told me to buy the uniforms and Ive spent quite a deal of my own money, and now things arent working out so it would be a plus to find an office where you could wear whatever scrubs we want.

I am in Romulus MI, so somewhere around this area would be great, I know a few dentists use yahoo answers so maybe if you know any dentists in the detroit area you could set me up with that would be great. Im not getting paid for this, this is for 160 hours.

I am looking for an office to complete my dental externship at...?

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If I get two dental discount plans and the dentist office accepts both would that help me with costs at all?

I am desperate to get my dental work done since all the work I need to have done will probably end up costing me a ton. I need the best deal I can find to get the most serious work done before I go to school in August 2008. I am tired of always being in pain and being turned down by dental schools (if you can believe it) so I am working 3 jobs right now to save enough.

Also I know this sounds horrible but I am SO embarrassed by how bad I have let my teeth get, especially since I am only 23. So I am afraid of going to the dentist. I am also afraid because I have had some dental work done very poorly and my family has lost money on it. I am worried that if the work is not done right I will be shelling out a lot of money for nothing... :( Help me get my confidence please!

If I get two dental discount plans and the dentist office accepts both would that help me with costs at all?
Unfortunately, most discounts are exclusive -- you can use one or the other, but not both.
Reply:best thing to do is to go into Mexico %26amp; have your work done there.

i have 19 crowns / caps %26amp; totalling the cost of all 19 + the gas to drive there %26amp; the cost of hotel for several days, i spent less than ONE crown would have cost me in the states

plus they do the work quickly %26amp; ONLY what you want

day one i had the temporary caps on, 2 days later had the permanent ones installed

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Reply:Dental insurance is not expensive. Check with one of your employers and see if it's offered through them. Usually it's only about $5-$10 each paycheck. If they don't offer it, look into getting it on your own. It is well worth the few extra bucks you would pay a month rather than paying full price for services, it's more expensive than you could imagine!

Don't be embarrassed, they've probably seen worse, better to do it now than later.

Can contaminated gloves used in a dental procedure be thrown away at the front desk?

Well here goes, I have been in the dental field for 20plus years. I have been hired as Office manager, although the dental assistant has not taken to kindly to me. One day last week she walked up to the front desk took off her contaminated gloves and threw them in the open trash can located in full view of the patients. I asked to take them out and to throw them in a trash can in the back, where all procedures are preformed. She said"they are not bio hazardous, so no, if you want them gone then you do it! I picked up the trash can and threw the gloves in the bio hazardous waste. She went to tell the doctor and he also said the gloves are NOT bio hazardous. Would you as a patient like to see contaminated gloves in the open like that? I will tell you that she is very defient and the doctor has no backbone. I too, spoke to the doctor and explained even the gloves are not bio hazardous, they still have been in a patients' mouth and carry bacteria. He said he will talk to her.

Can contaminated gloves used in a dental procedure be thrown away at the front desk?
If they are not contaminated with blood, then they are not considered biohazardous and do not have to thrown away in the 'red bag'. It benefits the dentist and the practice if items are thrown away properly as it costs more to dispose of biohazardous waste.... a lot more! I personally think you should find something better to gripe about.
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Reply:As long as they're being thrown away, I certainly don't care. They're really not "out in the open"...they're in the garbage. It's not as if I'm going to put any part of my body in or near the trash can, so what difference does it really make? If she left them on the chair in the waiting room that would be another story.

What I really care about is seeing the doctor put on a new pair before he puts his hands in my mouth.
Reply:Blood is considered a biohazard.This dental assistant is definately in need of more training on this, and possibly many other things.
Reply:If you have ever gone to the dentist you will learn something to watch for right now. When they adjust the bright light, they never change their gloves, but just think how many times this been touched by the same guy or gal without being wiped or cleaned. This is more important than where the gloves are in the garbage at. I would also be more concerned with the dentist recycling the gloves, at least this way you know it is thrown away.
Reply:To be a 'Bio Hazard', the gloves would have to have visible blood on them... I know that this does not happen very often

in dental cleaning (or at least I hope!). I would not like to see that sort of thing in front of me, for sure. (If she

is that lax, what else...???) I support YOU. It's too bad that the DR. is spineless. Good luck.
Reply:Usually when gloves are taken off, they are turned inside out. I wouldn't worry about it. I often throw my gloves away at the front desk, and on one in my dental office complains. You want to talk about dirty...think of how dirty the desk is where different patients touch every day!! Sorry, I would have to agree with the dental assistant.
Reply:I have been a dental hygienist for 20 years.I have taken numuerous OSHA courses and they told us that any object that may can blood OR saliva is considered a biohazard so you are correct!She is not supposed to leave her room without de-gloving!Besides the fact of how unprofessional her conduct appears to other patient's and staff!You can contact your local OSHA office with the question,but I totally agree with you on this!!!!!!

I want to be a dental assistant in columbus,Ohio?

I am registered to begin school in January but I want to get my foot in the door somewhere now. I dont have any experience other than when I go to the dentist but this is a serious career change that I want to make. Is this possible to do? Many offices are only hiring experienced dental assistants but I know to work in this field it is not required to be certified in columbus. Is there any Dentist out there needing the help and willing to devote the time?

I want to be a dental assistant in columbus,Ohio?
Good luck with that :)
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R their any jobs looking to train an hard working office receptionist/certified dental assistant /20hr?

in need of a job offering growth and medical benefits,vacation,

R their any jobs looking to train an hard working office receptionist/certified dental assistant /20hr?

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HMO dental plan? what???

I was trying to make an appointment with a periodontist but i was DENIED the permission to do so because i wasnt referred to see a periodontist by my GENERAL DENTIST! (which i dont even have!) i mean, my gums are red and they bleed, isnt it OBVIOUS that i need to see a gum specialist? they also said they didnt recognize my plan (Avia dental plan) but their office is on the SITE as a LISTING!!! the lady told me to find out if its a HMO plan and i dont even know if it is or not.what should i do!

HMO dental plan? what???
Call your insurance company. They'll tell you if you have HMO or PPO or it shows what kind of plan you have on your dental card. If you do not have one, give them a call and request one. Also tell you what your General Dentist is or give you a list to choose. Ask to get a benefits booklet also so you have that for future reference. The number is on the back of your card. If they need a referral, book an appt with the dentist first. The insurance company prob needs the record from the dentist and to make sure that is what needs to be done. Start by giving your insurance a call first. Good luck!

Dental complaint?

My daughter had a dental appointment but the office just called and cancelled it because they found out I had went and got a 2nd opinion from a different dentist. Do they have the right to do this? They said my daughter cannot come back anymore just because we got a second opinion. I called the dental board but they said they only handle complaints related to tooth work. This just doesn't seem right.

Dental complaint?
Hi Valerena,

I'm sorry to hear that

I'm a dentist here in Ireland and I think this is very wrong.

I wouldnt do it, I dont know of any other dentist who'd do it and its completely wrong.

I would complain, its extremely petty and unprofessional.

Any decent professional surely has nothing to hide?

Reply:Ethically it is just not the right thing to do and I don't think many dentists would do it Unfortunately, you seemed to have found that one. I would be happy to have found that out before I was being treated by him for whatever dental problem I had. If he is unethical in one aspect perhaps he would be in another. \

But first, I would write a letter of complaint to the Dentist, himself. Maybe there might be a chance that it is his office manager making those types of decisions and he is not aware that it is ocurring.Then I'd also write one to the dental board so it is on file. If other complaints come in then there would be a recorded history. But and its a big "BUT" there really is nothing else you can do except be happy that you're going somewhere else.
Reply:Don't do anything!!Why in the world would you even consider returning to a Dr. that is afraid of scrutiny from his peers?? That alone would make me highly suspicious of the motivations behind the actions...the question you should be asking IS "What are they afraid of..?" RUN, don't walk away from any Dr. that is afraid or threatened by ANY second opinion....In the long run you may be saving yourself a lot of heartache...

Can a dental assistant cement in a permanent crown?

I have been going to this dentist who lately doesn't seem to be in the office that much. This last visit was in order to have my temporary crown removed and have the permanent one put in. It turned out that he was out of town on vacation. The two dental assistants in the office did the work with one permanently cementing it in. I live in the state of Florida, and I'm wondering if this was legal for a dental assistant to do this. I am rather concerned as to whether it was adjusted properly. Also, I'm having some twinges in that area of my mouth but hoping they will settle down. Wondering if anyone knows for sure whether a dental assistant is allowed to do this in Florida. I don't really want to go back to this dentist because he also doesn't followup on things that well and, like I said, is gone so much. Would appreciate any info. Thanks

Can a dental assistant cement in a permanent crown?
I work in Massachusetts and I don't believe it is legal for any assistant to do anything with a permanent crown such as cementing or adjusting. I am not saying that you need this form but this is the link to a complaint form for the state of Florida -

And this is the link to the duties that a assistant can perform -

64B5-16.005 Remediable Tasks Delegable to Dental Assistants.


The following remediable tasks may be performed by a dental assistant who has received formal training and who performs the tasks under direct supervision:


Removing sutures;


Placing or removing temporary restorations with non-mechanical hand instruments only;


Polishing amalgam restorations of the teeth when not for the purpose of changing the existing contour of the tooth and only with the following instruments used with appropriate polishing materials – burnishers, slow-speed hand pieces, rubber cups, and bristle brushes;


Polishing clinical crowns when not for the purpose of changing the existing contour of the tooth and only with the following instruments used with appropriate polishing materials – slow-speed hand pieces, rubber cups, bristle brushes and porte polishers;


Removing excess cement from dental restorations and appliances with non-mechanical hand instruments only;


Cementing temporary crowns and bridges with temporary cement;


Applying sealants;


Monitor the administration of the nitrous-oxide oxygen making adjustments only during this administration and turning it off at the completion of the dental procedure;


Selecting and pre-sizing orthodontic bands, including the selection of the proper size band for a tooth to be banded which does not include or involve any adapting, contouring, trimming, cementing or otherwise modifying the band material such that it would constitute fitting the band;


Selecting and pre-sizing archwires prescribed by the patient’s dentist so long as the dentist makes all final adjustments to bend, arch form determination, and symmetry prior to final placement;


Selecting prescribed extra-oral appliances by pre-selection or pre-measurement which does not include final fit adjustment;


Placing or removing prescribed pre-treatment separators;


Preparing a tooth surface by applying conditioning agents for orthodontic appliances by conditioning or placing of sealant materials which does not include placing brackets; n) Using appropriate implements for preliminary charting of existing restorations and missing teeth and a visual assessment of existing oral conditions;


Fabricating temporary crowns or bridges intra-orally which shall not include any adjustment of occlusion to the appliance or existing dentition; and


Packing and removing retraction cord, so long as it does not contain vasoactive chemicals and is used solely for restorative dental procedures;


Securing or unsecuring an archwire by attaching or removing the fastening device;


Removing and recementing properly contoured and fitting loose bands that are not permanently attached to any appliance.


Inserting or removing dressings from alveolar sockets in post-operative osteitis when the patient is uncomfortable due to the loss of a dressing from an alveolar socket in a diagnosed case of post-operative osteitis;


Making impressions for study casts which are being made for the purpose of fabricating orthodontic retainers.


Taking of impressions for and delivery of at-home bleaching trays.


The following remediable tasks may be performed by a dental assistant who has received formal training and who performs the tasks under indirect supervision:


Making impressions for study casts which are not being made for the purpose of fabricating any intraoral

appliances, restorations or orthodontic appliances;


Making impressions to be used for creating opposing models or the fabrication of bleaching stents and surgical stents to be used for the purpose of providing palatal coverage;


Placing periodontal dressings;


Removing periodontal or surgical dressings;


Placing or removing rubber dams;


Placing or removing matrices;


Applying cavity liners, varnishes or bases;


Applying topical fluorides which are approved by the American Dental Association or the Food and Drug Administration; and


Positioning and exposing dental and carpal radiographic film and sensors.


The following remediable tasks may be performed by a dental assistant who has received on-the-job training and who performs the tasks under direct supervision:


Applying topical anesthetics and anti-inflammatory agents which are not applied by aerosol or jet spray and;


Changing of bleach pellets in the internal bleaching process of non-vital, endodontically treated teeth after the placement of a rubber dam. A dental assistant may not make initial access preparation.


The following remediable tasks may be performed by a dental assistant who has received on-the-job training and who performs the tasks under indirect supervision:


Retraction of lips, cheeks and tongue;


Irrigation and evacuation of debris not to include endodontic irrigation;


Placement and removal of cotton rolls; and


Taking and recording a patient’s blood pressure, pulse rate, respiration rate, case history and oral temperature.


Removing excess cement from orthodontic appliances with non-mechanical hand instruments only.


The following remediable tasks may be performed by a dental assistant who has received on-the-job training and who performs the tasks under general supervision:


Instructing patients in oral hygiene care and supervising oral hygiene care.


Provide educational programs, faculty or staff programs, and other educational services which do not involve diagnosis or treatment of dental conditions.


Fabricating temporary crowns or bridges in a laboratory.

Specific Authority 466.004(4), 466.024(3) FS. Law Implemented 466.024 FS. History–New 1-18-89, Amended 11-16-89, 3-25-90, 9-5-91, 2-1-93, Formerly 21G-16.005, Amended 3-30-94, Formerly 61F5-16.005, Amended 1-9-95, 9-27-95, 6-12-97, Formerly 59Q-16.005, Amended 1-8-01, 4-22-03, 7-13-05.

You might want to give the dentist the ability to address this issue, it is possible that he or she may be unaware...

Good luck
Reply:yes , the last one i had done was done better by a dental asst, then the dentist. it fits well and does not even hurt.
Reply:My last two were done that way - one was good, the other not.
Reply:I don't know about Florida, but in my state nothing permenant can be done by an assistant. No removal of tooth structure, nothing that can't be undone.

Call your local dental society for details.
Reply:The twinge that you are talking about sounds like you may be biting on that tooth hard. The bite may need to be adjusted. I am a Dental Asst in a specialty practice. I hope that this helps. I would also request that the dentist make the adjustment.
Reply:In some states, they can. I do not know the particulars for FL, but I doubt they could do this without the dentist being present in the office. I know that in PA, where they are about as liberal as any state, the dentist has to be present to verify that the crown fits properly and that the bite is adjusted properly. As assistant can not do this.
Reply:You might want to discuss this with this dentist and allow him to take a radiograph, check the bite and do a visual exam of this crowned tooth to assure it was seated properly since you feel it might not be and are having these "twinges." Although some dental assistants and hygienist excel and are highly capable of performing these extended duties, they are never allowed to do so without the dentist being in direct supervision and on the premises.
Reply:Not really sure about Florida law but I do know that I have had three crowns cemented and re-cemented, and it is not always the dentist who does the cementing. However, I live in Cali so don't know how much this will help.

These sites have a LOT of helpful dental listings and information...




I don't want to work in the back as a dental assistant, i want work in the office, what do i put on my resume

I'm a dental assistant, but i want to work in the front office, i have no experience up front......I'm looking for a new job, but my resume just talks about working with the doctor....i have great costumer service and cash register would i change that??

I don't want to work in the back as a dental assistant, i want work in the office, what do i put on my resume
Put that on your resume that you have good customer service and cash register skills. Plus, you mainly talk about that at your interview and you can tell them there what position you want.
Reply:For your opening line you canput "I am looking for employment that can utilize the customer service skills that I have learned while also giving me the opportunity to stay in the medical field"

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A Dental Assistant wanting to become a Front Office?

I went to school to become a Dental Assistant, which now I don't think its for me and I had a real bad experience. I really want to work in the front office, but everywhere wants you to have the Dental software experience. Anyways how can I get that if no one whats to hiring me and train me? Is there anywhere I can get experience on the software? Any advice???


A Dental Assistant wanting to become a Front Office?
I am a dental assistant. I have had many bad experiences in the last 8 yrs. I've been verbally abused, screwed over on pay, almost attacked by instruments flying when a procedure goes wrong.....( Dentists are a rare breed) (Sorry dentists'! I wanted to be one and still think about it, so don't be mad!)....You grow a thick skin over the years. When I first started in this field, I thought everything was my fault. I cried alot. I came to realize that the blame is put on me, because I am the assistant. "The dentist is always right!" If you remember that phrase, you'll do fine as an assistant. Sometimes, they don't realize how they are acting. Some of them need to be put in their place! It depends on the person you are working for...... In the long run, an assistant will have a higher salary than a receptionist. Especially if you are cross trained.

In my case, I stuck it out in many offices, to gain more knowledge. Then, with more confidence, I would move on to another office and demand a higher salary. That job would lead to more awful experiences and I would continue the cycle. If you stick it out long enough, you WILL find your "dental home". And gain front and back office experience. You will be more valuable being "cross trained". More money!!!!

The way I look at it know is, as long as I don't get fired, I am gaining knowledge in the dental field and making money. In NJ an RDA can make between $20 and almost $30/ hr.

When I first came out of school, I didn't know the first thing about real assisting. I had book knowledge, but no actual chairside. Only what I read in a book. The first time I took an x-ray on a real person......OMG....I felt so bad for that guy!!!

I almost gave up, but I found a dentist that understood my situation and was patient with me. Being totally honest on an interview can go a long way. Feel out the dentist before you get honest!!! If he/she is laid back, let er rip! (If they are up don't want to work for them anyway, so say whatever...) " I am school trained, but I would love to gain as much knowledge from you as I can. My chairside skills definately need improving, and I am hoping you and I can work together on perfecting my skills. I know every dentist has a different technique and I would like the opportunity to gain as much knowledge from you as possible. My school training has provided me with the beginning blocks to build on my career." Those are great words!!!!

I was school trained, as well ( in NJ). We also learned alot about the front desk. Basics, like, appointment making and money managment..... Did you? If so, put that on your resume....Sell yourself. Even if you don't know the first thing about the front desk (if front is really where you feel you should be)'ll get hired if you are confident and make it sound like you know more than you do ( Always mention that you have assisting experience as well as front desk, even if you don't). When asked, " Do you have Dentrix experience? ", say, " I do not have Dentrix experience, but I do have computer and dental knowledge. I'm sure I can figure out your system within a few days.

Dentrix and all of the other software is so easy to'll take you no time! You are using a home have basic computer knowledge. Technically you are not lying. You are just not saying that you have never used a dental system before. ( They are so easy once you get the hang. ) Once you can make an appointment, everything falls into place.

Insurance? I'm sure you learmed something about insurance in school. PPO- you can go to any dentist ( If they participate w/ the ins. co. benefits will be paid in full, if not, ins. co. fees will be covered, pt. is responsible for the rest.. HMO- you must go in network. When asked," Do you have insurance knowledge?" "Yes, I learned about insurance in school. I'm sure I don't know all there is to know, but I know the basics."

All you need to know in the beginning is how to file a claim (most likely on the computer) and how to dial the ins. co. phone # to get a "break down of benefits", for a patient.

If you have been in this field for a short time, I really suggest you try to tough it out for a bit longer! In the long run, you will make good money (especially if you can be cross trained, with an x-ray license.) You'll be hired by anyone! Dentists' will be baning down your door, because if you can work front desk and assist when needed, you're GOLD!!!! If someone calls out can do both...they don't have to pay a temp!

I hope I helped a little. I would love to help more if I can! I have experience in both back and front and would love to answer any ?'s you have. Please feel free to email me! I think my address is on my profile.

I'll try to teach you as much as I can about Dentrix and all the dental programs, so that you can land a great job.

I totally know where you are coming from! Good luck! I hope to hear from you!
Reply:Without paying for a class somewhere, it seems like the best way is to learn on the job. An entry-level position will probably be the way to go, if you can find an office that needs someone. Most busy offices could use an extra hand. I think most want someone who is a quick learner, and feels comfortable using a computer, and has good keyboarding skills. But more importantly, that handy phrase "a team player" is really true for front office, in addition to learning how the practice's schedule is set up and general policies.

If someone has other answers, I sure would be interested in learning about them!

P.S.: You have received excellent advice from the other answerers, and their experiences ring true. Perhaps you shouldn't give up just yet on assisting. You purposely went to school to learn more about it, so don't let that go to waste. Improve your skills, learn new ones, and keep in mind that the dentist is not perfect, but most think they are, and so must you. Learn to anticipate. Experience will bring you greater confidence in yourself and your ability to work well under pressure, whether in assisting or front desk.
Reply:Have you tried the American Dental Association? They sometimes have trainings that people can attend.

I was lucky enough to find a dentist that was willing to train the office to be promoted to chairside...

However, if it were me, I'd definitely try the ADA. If nothing else, maybe they have some info they can share with links or something. It can't hurt to try
Reply:Try again with the assisting, if you liked it in school. I worked for a jerk for a while, and was lucky enough to find a great one on my second try. Dentists are a rare breed, as someone said before me. The doctor I currently work for is great and has a wonderful personality. However, his wife tells me that he wasn't always so easy to get along with. She said that when he first started, if a room wasn't set up perfectly, he would leave and say come get me when you get it right. That's actually mild for many doctors. However, if you find a good one, they are gold. No matter what, treat him with respect, and keep a notebook in your pocket to write down things that he seems to find important. Many times they are so picky about certain things, and not so much on others. Ask senior assistants for a manual that shows tray/room set-ups and other things that will help you during the beginning. Always remember it takes at least a year to be fully trained, even if you went to school. During the entire time you are an assistant, be learning everything you can about the software. Most times, an assistant uses it as much as the front office, so if you still decide you don't want to be an assitant, you'll have the basic knowledge of the software. Many of the dental software companies offer training courses as well. I know Dentrix does. I can also help you with Dentrix. It is really easy to use and extremely user-friendly. I am familiar with Dentrix G2.
Reply:I've been a Dental Office Manager for years. Yes, one of the things I look at is actual experience for the position I'm hiring for. But it isn't the only thing. I look at the person's poise, previous work experience and ask a lot of questions. The front office is not difficult to train someone in if they have the right basics. The last receptionist I hired had no dental knowledge. I knew her through a business she had been working at. In 2 years she went on to manage a dental office with multiple doctors, and is very successful. The biggest thing is to be positive, do your research and have confidence. The typical down side to the front office is dealing with some very rude and hostile patients. You will find them everywhere. It is the responsibility of the front office to listen first and then calmly respond to this type of patient. If you are short fused, then the front office is not for you.
Reply:All great answers... but I just wanted to add that not one person who works at the front desk was born with that knowledge of how to do it... they all learned at one point. As far as the Dental Programs: they were trained by a rep from the software company... so they should be able to train you in return.

Good luck with finding a front desk position!


A Dental Assistant wanting to become a Front Office?

I went to school to become a Dental Assistant, which now I don't think its for me and I had a real bad experience. I really want to work in the front office, but everywhere wants you to have the Dental software experience. Anyways how can I get that if no one whats to hiring me and train me? Is there anywhere I can get experience on the software? Any advice???


A Dental Assistant wanting to become a Front Office?
Try finding a class at an area college. They can teach u how to use the software. Good luck!!!

Can you get a job as a Dental Assistant/front Office Receptionist before you get certified as an RDA?

Reason for asking this question, is I have been a Administrative Clerical positions for the last 10+ years and want to change my career. With my Administrative duties I have accomidated Accounting, Banking, Legal Assistance, which has helped me to professionaly grow, so with these particular skills, do you think I may have a chance to change before attending some professional training? I'm looking for someone that is already in the field to answer this question....

Please Help any advice I think will be helpful!

Can you get a job as a Dental Assistant/front Office Receptionist before you get certified as an RDA?

Need free denal work done by dential school or offices that may do it for people that can't afford to pay?

need to have dental work done but have been unemployed and have no medical ins. would like to know is dental schools of some offices that donate time and work for pations that can;t afford to pay.

Need free denal work done by dential school or offices that may do it for people that can't afford to pay?
Where do you live? Check with local universities and walk in clinics for referrals.
Reply:Your options would be:

1~ Get a job.

2~ Go to a community clinic that has a reduced fee payment scale.

3~ Apply for state aid.

Alot of people don't have dental benefits through their employers.... but at least they're working.
Reply:Contact the local dental society in your city. They will give you a listing of dentists that do free or sliding scale dental work. Also try the American Dental Association for referrals.

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What school in canada has good reputation home study ie; med office asstnt, dental hygynist ect..?

You should ask elsewhere. Homeschooling is not the same thing as home study. Your question is going to get lost in the multitude of questions and the people who can help you most won't see it.

Can I be charged a cancellation fee when I haven't visted the office yet? (Dental)?

My daughter had an appt today to a dentist we've never been to. She got sick and we cannot take her. We cancelled 1/2 hour before the appointment. I know it's close...but we've never been to the office (new doctor) and haven't signed any paperwork. Can they legally charge us a cancellation fee?

I have yet to talk to their woman that handles this, she will be calling me back apparently.

Can I be charged a cancellation fee when I haven't visted the office yet? (Dental)?
Yes, alot of places do that, like $25.00. Since they were reserving that time for you, they are now losing revenu.
Reply:I think yes because you booked that time with them and canceling 1/2 before there is no way they can book that spot so they are loosing money because they could have put a paying customer in that spot instead of you. ( Sorry if that comes across hateful)
Reply:normally, they will charge you if you do not cancel 24 hours in advance. Cancelling 30min before is cutting it too close. I would anticipate having to pay a fee.
Reply:Yes, to them time really is money. They should have informed you when you made the appointment of a specific amount of time you have before hand in order to avoid the charge. Unfortunately, this is legal and quite common. It's sucks, but that's how they recoop the money they lost from not having any appointments lined up for that slot.

Dr Gettas? has anybody gone to his office for dental work?

Dr Gettas? has anybody gone to his office for dental work?
No, I've heard of this dentist. And not good comments.
Reply:no never heard from him.

justmmenz....thats a great side you gave u should get the 10points.

How can I get a job as a Dental Assistant?

I am currently working at a job that I feel like is going nowhere. I've been here for almost three years now, and am starting to get burnt out. I basically do clerical stuff-- which includes sitting at a desk for 10 hours a day. When I first started I loved it, but I now wish I had a job that dealt more with people face to face and that I wouldn't have to sit ALL DAY.

Anyhow, my husband and I are in a good fincial position right now and I feel like it would be the perfect time to make a career change. I am currently in college to become an Elem. Education teacher, but still have about 3 years to go. I've always wanted to work in a dentist office. I've heard that a lot of times offices will hire Dental Assistants and train them on the spot.

Obviously, I have no experience in the dental field. How can I go about getting hired? Is there anything specific I can include in my resume that would help? Should I call and ask if they're hiring? Should I mail a resume?

How can I get a job as a Dental Assistant?
Go to a trade School...Look in your local newpaper, or commericial ad on tv.. or you can look in your local employment guide...They should have something in there about dental can go to school for about 6 weeks or maybe more and there is job placement for those who qualify. Hope this help you and Good Luck!!
Reply:You could just start sending out resumes. That's what I would do. Depending on where you live is another thing. In Canada to work as a dental assistant you have to take training and become certified by the The Canadian Dental Association, but I'm not sure about the U.S. Good Luck!

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How much do dentists make and how can they pay their salary and all the other dental assisants and office work

Plus have all the fancy decor in their offices?

How much do dentists make and how can they pay their salary and all the other dental assisants and office work
Median annual earnings of salaried dentists were $129,920 in May 2004. Earnings vary according to number of years in practice, location, hours worked, and specialty.

Self-employed dentists in private practice tend to earn more than do salaried dentists, and a relatively large proportion of dentists is self-employed. Like other business owners, these dentists must provide their own health insurance, life insurance, and retirement benefits.
Reply:it has been said dentists only make a mere $0.10 out of every $1.00 they charge.. they run their business just like anyone else would.. and if they choose to decorate their office then, yeah they have to pay extra, and settle for less profit.
Reply:I think they make a lot. My crowns cost 620.00 each. Two bridges 2000.00. I know this is mostly profit. acrylic teeth and plastic that look like gums can't cost that much.
Reply:Crown, bridges, and other dental prostheses cost the dentist quite a bit. They are made by a quality laboratory and must be made to precise measurements to fit into an individual's mouth. If you think you can go to a party store and buy a plastic fake tooth, go right ahead.

Overhead in most dental offices runs about 70%. Dentists are among the top wage earners in the United States, but in my opinion they are worth what they earn.

They provide a needed service, help keep and restore people's good health, provide better-than-average paying jobs for their staff, and attend many years of school and continuing education so they can provide the very best level of care.

I'm happy to live in a country where if people work hard and educate themselves, they can earn a good living.

Also, most of the dentists I know donate generously of their time and skills. Many of them give away lots of free dentistry to low-income kids, elderly, and disabled people every year.

What is the hourly wage of an experienced dental front office employee?

It depends on many things like where you live, the size of the practice, if the practice is in a larger city or a small town.

In my area the avg. wage is around $9-12 in a small office, small town.

What is the hourly wage of an experienced dental front office employee?
depending on where you are--- in metro areas of Texas- anywhere from $10 to $20 per hour...$20+ being management.

Can any one recommend a good dental care office near Antioch ca or north bay area?

Try Dr. Levin (Levine?) in Stockton if he is still in practice. An oral surgeon. Big man with a very gentile touch and does great work. Also keeps (or used to) evening hours for the working stiff.

Can any one recommend a good dental care office near Antioch ca or north bay area?
I don't live there.

What is average pay for Dental Front Office Person (Atlanta Metro area, GA)?

It really depends on how long you have been in the career, and what background you have.

They can make from $12 on up to an average of $16. Some of the long term employees make more than $25 - 30 an hour.

What is average pay for Dental Front Office Person (Atlanta Metro area, GA)?
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What do "Dental back office" people do?

Working 'in the back' may refer to the clinical assistants, while working 'in the front' may refer to the clerical assistants.

What do "Dental back office" people do?
work on patient files, billing, answer phone calls
Reply:Graduating from dental assisting although I didn't pursue the career afterwards, I know that they could be taking patient's impressions and making (oh gosh, I've lost all my dental terms already)...anyways, they are using machines to grind down impressions that were poured with plaster to make teeth or dentures.

Good dental care name?

my dad is buying a new bigger dental care office and i wanna give some good names for my dads title...plz answer you could have ur answer on one of the most best dentist in the US... he lives in MD

Good dental care name?
Mental Dental

LOL. Just Kidding. Little joke =]

What about....Gentle Dental???
Reply:Smiles are contagious

Put a smile on your face

Smile bigger

_His name_ smile design center

Say cheese!
Reply:Al Dente

smiles for miles

Smiles r us

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Say Ahhhh

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Molar Controller ( for braces)

Is there a difference btwn crest teeth whittening strips from the store vs $50 crest strips from dental office

the strips at the dental office are a stronger percent of carbamide peroxide.

Is there a difference btwn crest teeth whittening strips from the store vs $50 crest strips from dental office
about $40
Reply:yeah, crest whitening strips work greatly within a week and cost less not sure about the ones from dental office but u can wait a week and save like 20 bucks hopefully
Reply:crest designed the ones to be sold through the dental office to be competitive with in office whitening treatments and are compared as follows:

store bought: 8% peroxide solution, 14 day supply and the strips cover only the 6 front teeth

dental office: 14% peroxide solution, 21 day supply and the strips are longer to cover more teeth, usually 8 teeth

at $50 they are a good choice , usually the store ones are about $35 and you would have to buy 2 boxes to get the results that you would get with one dental office crest

This is for BORT. I am an aspiring dentist and I currently work in a dental office. I don't feel like I "know

it all", but I do feel like I have learned so much about the different aspects of running a practice from the clinical side to the business aspect. My question is how do I suggest things and share my ideas without coming across as overbearing? I also don't want to come across as a know it all, even though I feel somewhat confident in my knowledge. I just wanted a dentists opinion without having to ask my boss and my other friends that are dentists who have a biased opinion.

This is for BORT. I am an aspiring dentist and I currently work in a dental office. I don't feel like I "know
You don't have to know it all to make a difference. Feel free to suggest changes to your boss in a constructive way that isn't seen as criticizing. As Dre suggests, promote the ideas as ways of creating more efficiency in the office. While the dentist might feel you are out of place with the suggestion, making it in a more friendly way will definitely allow for the dentist to think about it without having to worry about being defensive. Good luck!
Reply:Sheeessh you can come work at my office? Anything a staff member does to increase productivity and get more patients on the rolls is rewarded by the office manager. Good luck. Just try to approach the topic from the aspect of effeciency.

Intraoffice personel dynamics is a bear, sometimes it gets bad if you have clashing staff members. You feel like a babysitter not a dentist.

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I have some small oral tumers, Is it danger to have X-rays in Dental office?

If it is granulomas...tell the dentist.

I have some small oral tumers, Is it danger to have X-rays in Dental office?
x rays can pin point what is wrong.
Reply:They say that x-rays in a dentist office are very safe. I would not have them every day, but every six months is probably okay, and certainly safer than not treating oral tumors.
Reply:nowadays, x-rays are generally quit safe. it is better to investigate (even through x-rays)

to make a more informed decision regarding your options for treatment/cure.
Reply:Your dentist definitely needs to know about the oral tumors and what type of tumors they are. X-rays should only be used when necessary anyway.
Reply:Too many x-rays can have a negative effect, but the likelihood that you would have that many x-rays in a year is highly unlikely. Having x-rays every six months is within the acceptable guidelines in terms of how much radiation you are exposed to each year as set by the federal government. For dental assistants, hygienists and other dental professionals, it would be important for them to follow guidelines on taking x-rays to avoid their exposure- but you have to realize they take many x-rays on many patients every day that they are working. Even then, if they follow the proper protocol, they minimize their exposure to under the federal guideline. As a sidenote, the new trend is to reduce the number of times x-rays are taken, unless there are certain conditions that would suggest the presence of interproximal (in between) cavities. For example, if you came in and had more cavities, even though you didn't have any six months ago, then that would be an indication to take x-rays. Some dentists will go up to two years without taking an x-ray as long as the patient keeps up with hygiene and no new problems arise. The short answer is that x-rays every six months are okay.

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I am thinking about becoming a dentist, I would like to work in a dental office, but dont what the job.?

You should just go and observe the dentist. I worked in dental offices for years and being a dentist is quite different from any other position in a dental office. I think dentistry is a great career goal. They can choose their own hours, rarely get called in for emergencies, and the atmosphere is great. I understand that dentistry is rated quite high on the stress charts though.

I am thinking about becoming a dentist, I would like to work in a dental office, but dont what the job.?
yes you can be a dentist %26amp; enjoy the life without have to treat emergencies

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Reply:Go for ur dreams buddy :) who cares if u dont want it.. or wait.. what u mean u d ont want it? lol.. confused :S
Reply:Go for it it you think you'll like the job - be aware that it is VERY hard to get into dental school tho.
Reply:come on... not to be afraid becoming a dentist.. becoming a dentist is a really fantastic job..
Reply:being a dentist %26amp; being a good dentist are 2 different things . it is better you go to your dentist . talk to him %26amp; observe what they do. . then decide

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Reply:You don't want the job? Well, than you shouldn't be a dentist, its not a fun job.

I need an appraisal for an all brick 1900sq.ft 11 yr old dental office with a full basement in NW IN?

A commercial appraisal in an in depth process that will allow you to acquire a mortgage for the property and get a second, professional opinion on purchase price.

Contact a local commercial real estate brokerage in your area and request a referral to a commercial property appraiser with expertise in the area where you are making your purchase.

Get a couple of quotes, commercial appraisals are often more expensive than residential. I would spend $1000 or more in Tampa, but your market may be different.

I need an appraisal for an all brick 1900sq.ft 11 yr old dental office with a full basement in NW IN?
Go to any of your local Realestate Offices. They are required by law to give you an honest appraisal. This might cost you..
Reply:I have a guy that can help with this. His name is Chris Calloway his phone # is 813.716.4568
Reply:You should be able to find a "house appraiser" listed in your local yellow pages or newspaper. They usually have an office where they are easily found. The last one I hired charged $150 but it was worth it. Just be sure they look everything over really good and not just walk around for 5 or 10 minutes.

I live here in phoenix and i"m looking for a job as dental assitant, anyone knows a good dental office to work

Are you looking for an entry-level position or do you have your certifications in coronal polishing and radiologic proficiency?

Are you a clinical assistant or business assistant, or cross-trained?

Are you DANB certified?

Your qualifications, or lack of, will be the starting point for finding the job in a 'good dental office'...

Best of luck to you!


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What is oral maxillofacial surgery ..?? in this surgery is it different from normal dental office ..??

I work for oral and maxillofacial surgeons. They are NOT regular dentist they are surgeons. Oral surgeons continue on to more school after dentistry school. They do not do cleanings, fill cavities, or any general dentistry. They do surgery of the mouth and face area. We have our own office and do mostly out patient work but our doctors are on call with the hospitals for emergencies. Mostly our patients are those getting wisdom teeth extracted and teeth general dentist do not feel comfortable extracting. Hope that helps a little.

What is oral maxillofacial surgery ..?? in this surgery is it different from normal dental office ..??
Oral and Maxillofacial surgery is the surgical specialty concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of diseases affecting the mouth, jaws, face and neck.

Its usually at a specialist hospital but check ur area for more details
Reply:its when something realllly bad happend in ur mouth and they use the drill the needle! a lot of things that hurt! i would be scared!

What should my cover letter say when I want a position in the dental office?

I only have experience and training as a pharmacy technician. I have decided to change careers and I would like to pursue a career in dentistry. What should I say in my cover letter that will command attention?

What should my cover letter say when I want a position in the dental office?
What position at the dentist office do you want? Unless it is an administrative job (like receptionist) you will most likely need to take additional training. Sorry, can't be any more specific without knowing what position you are interested in.
Reply:I truly believe I can be a bridge

from the tooth to the dentist.

What do I do in the event of a stroke in the dental office?

make the patient lye down %26amp; ask some one call 911. Check his pockets if he has any emergency pills with him like nitro glysrin. Sprinkle water on his face to see if he has gone into syncope.Do the CPO.

What do I do in the event of a stroke in the dental office?
Call 911 and their family.

*Edited to say there should be an 'Emergency Plan' set up in your office, so you'll know ahead of time who calls 911, who calls the patient's family, who gets the First Aid Kit, who gets the oxygen, the ambubag, etc...there's nothing worse than an office emergency and everyone is just standing around, staring at each other, not knowing what to do.
Reply:let's see.......911 ? ?
Reply:uh call 911...

but if u only knew the number for 911...?

lol jk
Reply:911 first then give the patient oxygen and raise their feet on a pillow or something that raises their feet higher than their heart.Have the patients medical history ready for the paramedics and someone outside to flag down the ambulance when they arrive and show them to the patient.Remain calm then get out of the paramedics way.

What does a hygenist do that a general dentist can't? My dental office said I need to see the hygenist.?

We do have to have an education. I have a BS which is a bachelor of science degree in dental hygiene. We are not the dentists assistants, most dentists have assistants. I can clean teeth, give injections, take x-rays, spot oral cancer, spot decay and anything out of the ordinary. Educate on oral health, take blood pressure and review medical histories. Give advice on nutrition, vitamins, and minerals. The list goes on and on. Dentists can do everything hygienists do, however most don't want to. They want to spend their time on more profitable dentistry, like crowns, bridges, implants etc.

What does a hygenist do that a general dentist can't? My dental office said I need to see the hygenist.?
Maybe they were referring to an area of your body other than your mouth.
Reply:Just gonna clean your teeth-chill
Reply:the hygenist only cleans your teeth so the doctor doesn't have to waste his time. It is not requried to have a degree to clean teeth.
Reply:Hygenist specialist in oral cleaniness and dentists rarely perform that function [just as nurses perform functions doctors rarely do, there are specialities in denistry also]

And BTW - a dental hygenist DOES require adegree...usually an Associates Degree

dental hygienist - an auxiliary member of the dental profession, trained in the art of removing calcareous deposits and stains from surfaces of teeth and in providing additional services and information on prevention of oral disease.
Reply:A hygienist is simply the dentist's assistant, she/he cleans the teeth, removes tartar and plaque, polishes the teeth. The dentist is much more educated and is certainly able to do everything the hygienist can do, but usually her/his time is best served by letting the hygenist do the cleanings while the dentist does the more advanced restorations. When your dental office said you need to see the hygenist, they just meant so you can get your teeth cleaned. A dentist can do everything a hygenist can do; a hygenist can only do cleanings. A hygenist typically has the equivalent of an associates degree. A dentist has an advanced professional/doctorate level degree.
Reply:it's more a matter of "won't" than "can't", it doesn't take a dental degree to perform deep cleanings
Reply:the dentist CAN do these things, just dosen't want to. Hygenists to the small jobs like cleanings, ajusting braces etc that dentists can't be bothered with.
Reply:It isn't what the dentist can't do. It's what the dentist won't do. Some chores, like cleanings and prep work are just too menial for the dentist to do. His expensive time is wasted on simple cleanings. He saves his time for the more important surgeries, root canals and fillings. This attitude makes me angry. It didn't used to be this way. I pay for the dentist, not the hygenist, but this is the way of things these days.
Reply:Ok, first of all, it's HYGIENIST, not HYGENIST. And we do

have to have a license. We have to be certified and licensed

by the board of dentistry in whichever state we're in. And

we do cleanings, x-rays, periodontal exams, oral hygiene

instruction, and fluoride treatments, among other things.

In some cases, we're licensed to give local anesthesia.

This frees up the dentist's schedule to do other things we

can't do, like restorations, crowns, bridges, etc.


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How do I make kids feel more comfortable when coming into the dental office?

Make them feel comfortable and assure them that by the end of session, they will look nice with healthy teeth. Educate them about the importance of a dental visit and use analogies like how a dentist is a hero who fights off "bad things" that lurks in his/her mouth.

During the procedure, keep asking the kid how he/she feels and when it looks like it's starting to hurt, ask if he/she wants you to stop.

I guess communication is an important aspect and just remembering to smile and be relaxed about it. Give out something like a magnet, sticker or a kid's toothbrush at the end of the session.

Explain why the clinical record is a vital record in the dental office?

because people can have problems like not enough vitamin k which clots your blood and when they stick a needle in your mouth you can bleed to death

Explain why the clinical record is a vital record in the dental office?
mostly they need to know if your allergic to the anesthesia. or medications they may prescribe.
Reply:That's not all there is to it. They need to know if you have hbp,heart condition,seizures,allergies or anything that might endanger your life.
Reply:Because it contains private and personal information. They have to follow the same Hippa laws that doctors, hospitals, and those who contract with those professionals. They also have information relative to your personal health.
Reply:"If it's not in the record, it wasn't done." Imagine being called upon to answer a question incourt five years down the line. Not to mention, it is often helpful to look back and see exactly what was done previously to a tooth that might be bothering the patient today. "Dycal over exposure," for instance...
Reply:It is of paramount importance to have clinical records not only for legal reasons, for your own health and well being but for your optimum dental care e.g over exposure to radiations, contraindications if on medication, phobias, family history.

Stressful situations can exacerbate or bring on illnesses. For patients that are taking steroids, anti-coagulants, or have severe allergies it could a life saving piece of information

Fore warned is fore armed.

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