Dental Services

Dental Assistant

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Typical Tasks:

  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
  • Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory.
  • Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
  • Clean teeth, using dental instruments.

Dental Hygienist

Clean teeth and examine oral areas, head, and neck for signs of oral disease. May educate patients on oral hygiene, take and develop x-rays, or apply fluoride or sealants.

Typical Tasks:

  • Clean calcareous deposits, accretions, and stains from teeth and beneath margins of gums, using dental instruments.
  • Record and review patient medical histories.
  • Examine gums, using probes, to locate periodontal recessed gums and signs of gum disease.
  • Provide clinical services or health education to improve and maintain the oral health of patients or the general public.
  • Feel and visually examine gums for sores and signs of disease.
  • Expose and develop x-ray film.
  • Chart conditions of decay and disease for diagnosis and treatment by dentist.
  • Maintain dental equipment and sharpen and sterilize dental instruments.
  • Apply fluorides or other cavity preventing agents to arrest dental decay.
  • Feel lymph nodes under patient’s chin to detect swelling or tenderness that could indicate presence of oral cancer.
Description 2016 Jobs 2026 Jobs
(Projected)
Low Pay
(Hourly)
Medium Pay
(Hourly)
High Pay
(Hourly)
Dental Assistant 6,472 7,960 $12.02 $16.83 $22.12
Dental Hygienist 3,623 4,493 $28.37 $35.58 $44.23

Education Level:

  • Dental Assistant – Certificate
  • Dental Hygienist – Associate Degree
Source: Career Coach – Houston – Woodlands – Sugarland, TX Region

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