At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, each dental professional on our team helps us operate smoothly and provide a high level of care. Today’s message will focus on the duties of a dental assistant.
You possibly think of the dental assistant as: “The one who suctions my mouth while the dentist is working on me,” or “The one who puts the bib around my neck,” and you are right. However, his/her knowledge of patient care and dental lab procedures is probably more extensive than you realize.
Competent dental assistants work behind the scenes at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry. They assist Dr. Steven Gustafson during all dental procedures including basic oral examinations, tooth prep, and cavity filling, as well as lengthy smile makeovers involving multiple procedures. Our competent assistants also work with our dental hygienists during dental cleanings and patient instruction.
When a dental patient arrives for his/her appointment, the dental assistant has already been preparing for the specific treatment. Before he/she is escorted to a chair in one of our comfortable patient rooms, the assistant has made sure the room is ready.
Whether the patient is receiving porcelain veneers, undergoing a routine orthodontia adjustment, or settling in for a two-hour cosmetic dental smile makeover with oral sedation, the dental assistant has set the stage for a comfortable and efficient procedure.
At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, infection control is always a fundamental duty. Our dental assistants, dentists, and hygienists are vigilant about the sterilization of dental instruments and follow strict infection control protocols. The health of our patients and employees is our highest priority.
Dental assistants may also prepare tray setups, take dental impressions for restorations, schedule appointments, take x-rays, and maintain patient records. They must have a sharp eye for detail and a first-rate memory as they organize and stock the many different dental supplies in a typical office.
Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry is located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak, Michigan. We provide general and cosmetic dental procedures including oral health and cosmetic dentistry. You can read more about our services at http://gmdentistry.com/blog/.
To request an appointment for an examination, consultation, or cleaning, call 248-541-8770.
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