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What do Dental Assistants do? Dental assistants perform a variety of patient care, office, and laboratory duties. They work chairside as dentists examine and treat patients. Some dental assistants prepare materials for impressions and restorations, and take dental x-rays. Most States regulate the duties that dental assistants are allowed to perform through licensure or registration. Job prospects for dental assistants should be excellent. Employment is expected to grow much faster than average through the year 2015. Dental Assistant is one of U.S. News and World Report "100 Best Jobs of 2013."
Education and Training: Most dental assisting programs take one year to complete and lead to a certificate or diploma. Two-year programs offered at career colleges lead to an associate degree. All programs require a high school diploma or its equivalent, and some require science or computer-related courses for admission. A number of vocational schools offer 4- to 6-month courses in dental assisting.
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