To provide the best in dental healthcare for patients, it takes a team. Here is a look at the roles and responsibilities of each dental office team member.
A Dental Hygienist has a variety of skills to tend to patients’ needs. They assess the dental condition using patient screening procedures. A Dental Assistant performs routine dental treatment procedures, like cleaning and polishing, and applying sealants and fluoride treatments. They also take radiographs and can make impressions of patients’ teeth. Throughout the dental exam, they document the patient history and record any pertinent health information. Dental Hygienists are integral in patient education of tooth decay and gum disease prevention.
A Dental Assistant provides assistance to the dentist during the dental examination. A Chairside Assistant prepares and maintains the dental instruments and the supplies used during the exam. They also prepare the dental materials, such as composite impression materials. A Dental Assistant helps with patient management during dental procedures.
Dental Lab Technicians design and repair the dental devices used to correct damaged, misaligned, or missing teeth. They design full or partial dentures, crowns, bridges, and inlays from plaster or wax moulds.
The Front Desk Assistant or Patient Concierge assists patients schedule and confirm appointments, handles patient communications, and coordinates the dental office marketing plan. The Patient Concierge sets the tone of the dental office and maintains communication with the patients, making them feel welcome during their dental visits.
The Bookkeeper or Business Concierge coordinates account receivables and account payables. They also act as liaison between the insurance company, the dental office, and the patient. The Business Concierge also processes the payroll and submits the profit/loss statements to the dentist.
General Dentist: DMD or DDS is a professional who provides oral health care to patients. A General Dentist examines patients, analyzes x-rays, evaluates patient dental health needs, design dental health treatment plants, administers anesthetics to patients, treats teeth and tissue problems, fills cavities, extracts teeth, makes models for replacement teeth, and performs surgery on gums or supporting bones.
A Periodontist diagnoses and treats inflammatory diseases of teeth and supporting gum tissue. They can perform surgery to remove diseased tissue and monitor follow-up patient care.
An Oral Surgeon, also known as an Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon, performs surgery on the mouth, jaws, and related head and neck structure. They can extract teeth, remove tumors or growths, perform pre-prosthetic surgery, correct abnormalities, and treat jaw fractures.
An Endodontist examines and treats nerve and dental tissues which effect the oral health of the patient. They can examine teeth, gums, and nerve tissues to determine conditions or diseases. They can perform root canals and can remove pulp removal or partial removal and fill with endodontic materials. An Endodontist can also reinsert or repair teeth that have been knocked out by accident. They can also treat discolored teeth with whitening procedures.
An Orthodontist treat abnormalities in jaw development, teeth position, or other dental structures. They design dental appliances used to alter the position of the teeth and jaws to produce and maintain normal function.
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