Dental assistant - Salary and Career
Dental Technicians

Dental assistant - Career description, activities, functions and salary

They plan the technical-dental work in offices, clinics, prosthesis laboratories and in public health agencies. They prevent oral disease by participating in health promotion programs, educational projects and oral hygiene guidance. They manufacture and repair human, animal and artistic dental prostheses. They perform dental procedures under the supervision of the dental surgeon. They manage personnel and financial and material resources. They mobilize communication skills in lectures, orientations and technical discussions. The activities are carried out in accordance with technical and biosafety standards and procedures.

How much does an Dental assistant earn

A Dental assistant earns between $1.123 and $2.815 per month, with an average monthly salary of $1.469 and a median salary of $1.300 according to an salary survey along with to data of professionals hired and fired by companies in the labor market.

Our research is based on the salaries of 38.298 professionals hired and dismissed by the period from 06/2021 to 05/2022 (last year).

Salary ranges for the Dental assistant

Monthly Salary Annual Salary Salary Per Week Hourly Salary
Average wage 1.469 17.627 367 7
1º Quartile 1.123 13.475 281 5
Median Salary 1.300 15.600 325 6
3º Quartile 2.147 25.765 537 10
Higher Salary 2.815 33.784 704 13

Professional job categories

  • Middle level technicians
    • middle-level technicians in the biological, biochemical, health sciences
      • technicians of the science of human health
        • dental technicians

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Main workplaces

Dental Technicians dental technicians work in private laboratories. They work individually or as a team, with the help of dental assistants. They work together with the dental surgeon to restore masticatory and aesthetic capacity (dental or facial) through prostheses. Oral health technicians (tsb) work in private clinics and, mostly, in municipal, state and federal dental services, under the supervision of dental surgeons, at irregular hours. They guide the population and patients on the prevention and treatment of oral diseases. Oral health assistants perform activities to support the tsb and the dental surgeon. They work indoors, can remain in uncomfortable positions for long periods. They may be subject to exposure to curing light, toxic material, radiation and noise, as well as pressure to comply with work schedule.

What does it take to work in the field of Dental Technicians

The exercise of the profession of Dental Technicians requires technical professional training at a specific secondary level: technician in a dental prosthesis laboratory and technician in oral health and registration with the regional council of dentistry (cro). Courses are offered by vocational training institutions and technical schools. The professional training of technicians offers, depending on the period the student attends, the alternative of working as an oral health assistant and/or dental prosthesis assistant. The exercise of these occupations is also regulated by the cro.

Functions and activities of Dental assistant

Dental Technicians must:

  • communicate;
  • preventing oral disease;
  • promote family health;
  • promoting family health;
  • performing dental procedures under supervision;
  • planning the dental technician work;
  • work with biosafety;
  • planning the technical-dental work;
  • perform dental procedures under supervision;
  • manufacture human, animal and artistic dental prostheses;
  • prevenir oral disease;
  • prevent oral disease;
  • demonstrate personal skills;
  • making human, animal and artistic dental prostheses;
  • working with biosafety;
  • manage personnel and financial and material resources;
  • work biosafety;

  • Activities

    • assembling teeth;
    • estimating deadlines;
    • discuss work execution techniques;
    • demonstrate ability to listen;
    • apply preventive methods to control dental caries;
    • revealing intraoral radiographs;
    • providing the packaging and disposal of waste;
    • choose the color directly with the patient;
    • participate in team evaluations;
    • restoring teeth;
    • developing projects for oral health;
    • organizing files and filing cabinets;
    • demonstrate ability to delegate;
    • setting up intraoral radiographs;
    • demonstrate ability to abstract the result;
    • promote comprehensive care;
    • positioning expanders;
    • execute educational projects;
    • preparing plaster models;
    • perform prophylaxis;
    • demonstrate visual and tactile perception;
    • disclose services and techniques;
    • set work goals;
    • store sterile material;
    • instrument the dental hygiene technician next to the operating chair;
    • identify partners and resources available in the community;
    • give educational lectures;
    • performing the patient's anamnesis;
    • control stock of material and instruments;
    • registering activities in information systems;
    • suggesting options for oral hygiene materials to the customer;
    • technically adjust the prosthesis in the articulator;
    • probe the depth of the periodontal pocket;
    • preparing clips and springs;
    • making resin structures;
    • machining metal structures;
    • making the working model;
    • delineating the various types of removable prosthesis;
    • serving users in ubs, homes or community spaces;
    • updating registration information;
    • handle materials for dental use;
    • fill out clinical records;
    • applying preventive methods to control dental caries;
    • supervise assistants;
    • distribute scheduled jobs for the day;
    • participate in research of new materials and equipment;
    • follow ergonomic standards;
    • suggesting types of prosthesis to the client;
    • apply topical fluoride;
    • organizing health promotion groups;
    • inform work methods;
    • beware of adverse effects of products;
    • inform working methods;
    • perform supervised brushing;
    • making a test base;
    • defining territory of action;
    • disinfect instruments and/or impressions;
    • control entry and exit of jobs;
    • to be responsible for all care provided to the enrolled population;
    • perform absolute and/or relative isolation;
    • guide food diet;
    • making impression trays and/or provisionals;
    • teach oral hygiene techniques;
    • coordinating the care of users;
    • identify users' needs;
    • streamlining dental care;
    • register technical information;
    • use personal protective equipment (ppe);
    • participate in continuing education activities;
    • finishing and polishing dentures;
    • participate in planning activities;
    • control material and instruments stock;
    • define the shape and size of the tooth(s) ;
    • making diagnostic wax-up;
    • check the result of the procedures;
    • carry out disease prevention and curative actions;
    • demonstrate ability to concentrate;
    • packaging sharp materials for disposal;
    • prevent against adverse effects of products;
    • perform supragingival scaling;
    • participate in institutional events;
    • train auxiliary personnel;
    • mapping area of operation;
    • apply sealant;
    • establish a schedule for delivery and withdrawal of works;
    • obtain a study model;
    • select trays;
    • sterilize instruments;
    • erase molds;
    • apply cariostatic to teeth;
    • performing simple inclusions;
    • shaping the dental arch;
    • work with the team to prepare the epidemiological index;
    • control cash flow;
    • discuss job execution techniques;
    • coordinate users' care;
    • sculpting dental anatomy and gingival wax-up;
    • define actions according to local priorities;
    • complying complementary biosafety and safety standards;
    • set up intraoral radiographs;
    • evaluate results: aesthetic, technical and functional;
    • perform an active search for local situations;
    • polishing teeth and restorations;
    • pressing prosthetic parts in acrylic resin;
    • proceeding with the conservation and maintenance of dental equipment;
    • show bacterial plaque;
    • interpreting technical information;
    • note medical records;
    • welding metal structure;
    • perform asepsis of the room and/or equipment;
    • remove sutures;
    • fusing metal parts;
    • organizing health promotion groups;
    • proceed with the conservation and maintenance of dental equipment;
    • demonstrate aesthetic sense;
    • participate in scientific events;
    • identify groups and individuals exposed to risks;
    • demonstrate fine motor skills;
    • making metal structures;
    • give first aid;
    • reproduce models;
    • instrument the dental surgeon next to the operating chair;
    • coordinate assistants;
    • performing and/or developing periapical and occlusal x-rays;
    • instruct in the installation and cleaning of dental prostheses;
    • get vaccinated;
    • scheduling appointments;
    • encourage community participation;
    • fix provisionals;
    • fulfill complementary biosafety and safety standards;
    • sculpting materials;
    • insert materials;
    • notify diseases, injuries and situations of local importance;
    • preparing equipment and instruments for use;
    • reveal intraoral radiographs;
    • fixing dentures;
    • demonstrate ability to provide humanized care;
    • promote isolation of the operative field;
    • assembling models in articulators;
    • prepare budgets;
    • request adequacy of the work environment (light, noise, air circulation);
    • condense materials;
    • fill out clinical forms;
    • work with the epidemiological index elaboration team;
    • deliver educational lectures;
    • sieting patients;
    • participate in the management of supplies;
    • trial patients;
    • define territory of action;
    • making ceramic structures;
    • evaluating models and tooth preparation;

    Sectors that hire Dental assistant the most in the job market

    • dental activity with resources for performing surgical procedures
    • outpatient medical activity restricted to consultations
    • diagnostic imaging services using ionizing radiation
    • activities of associations for the defense of social rights
    • outpatient medical activity with resources for performing complementary exams
    • hospital care activities
    • outpatient care activities
    • general public administration
    • other human health care activities
    • combined office and administrative support services

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