Oral health assistant - Salary and Career
Dental Technicians

Oral health 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 Oral health assistant earn

A Oral health 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 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 Oral health 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 Oral health assistant

Dental Technicians must:

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

  • Activities

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


    Sectors that hire Oral health 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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