What is the Career Path for a Dental Assistant?

Many people who are interested in becoming a dental assistant ask us what you can do after getting a dental assistant certification. Well, there are many different career paths that you can take after finishing your dental assistant program. 

First, there are continuing education courses that you can take after completing your certification. If you are looking to grow your career, there are options like:

  • Orthodontic Module
  • Prosthodontic Module (Previously called Provisional Coverage)
  • Clinical Refreshers
  • Advanced Practice Refresher/Upgrader
  • CPE Skills Practice Course
  • Intraoral Skills
  • NDAEB Written Exam Preparation Workshop
  • Dental Probing
  • Tooth Whitening

You can even specialize in specific areas, such as pediatric dentistry. So, there are many options in a dental assistant career path.

For those of you who may be adventurous, you don’t have to work in a traditional dental office:

Armed Forces

The military offers dental assistants the opportunity to serve their country and see the world. With U.S. military bases located across the globe, dental assistants in the military provide care to soldiers and their families. They also get the chance to work with dental teams that treat underserved, remote communities worldwide.

Prisons

Dental assistants who work in prisons support the right of prisoners to high-quality dental care just like anyone else. They are committed to helping relieve inmates’  pain, improve their oral health and provide the most pleasant dental experiences possible.

Dental Sales

Some dental assistants put their vast knowledge of the profession to work as dental sales representatives. After all, they have a deep understanding of a dental office’s needs and the dental assistant’s key role in the practice. Dental sales representatives keep dental practices up to date about new supplies, equipment, and technologies. They also train and educate the dental team members on how to use the products effectively.

Becoming a Dental Assistant offers a great career path as professionals in the dental industry continue to be high in demand. If you are interested in becoming a dental assistant, Sanger Education Dental Assisting School in Waco, Texas, offers a short 12-week course to help start your career path.

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