Dental office attendant - Salary and Career
Dental Technicians

Dental office attendant - 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 office attendant earn

A Dental office attendant 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 Averwage.com 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 office attendant

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 office attendant

Dental Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Dental office attendant 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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