Dental assistants assist the dental operator (dentist or other treating dental auxiliary) provide more efficient dental treatment, by preparing the patient for treatment, sterilizing instruments, passing instruments during the procedure, holding a suction device, exposing dental radiographs, taking impressions, and fabricating provisional crowns. Dental operators can focus more time on the procedure; the dental assistant then effectively becomes the operator's extra hands. Dental assistants should be distinguished from dental hygienists, who usually have a higher level of training and expertise. While, in some states, dental assistants can work in the field without a college degree, in other states, dental assistants must be licensed or registered. Dental assistants are required to meet the minimum certification to work in the field.
Prerequisite: Successfully completed Dental Assistant certification course from any government licensed institute.