Dental Assistant Job Description

Dental assistants are vital to running an efficient dental practice.

They enable the dentist to deliver quality oral care and are a valuable member of every dental care team.  The best dental assistants have strong communication skills, you know... the type of person who will walk up and introduce themselves first.

A great dental assistant must also love working with their hands and want a career with responsibility.

So how do you find and hire the best dental assistants?  It all starts with your job description.

Every practice is different, but this Dental Assistant Job Description Template should get you going in the right direction.

Dental Assitant Job Description Template


Job Title: Dental Assistant

Responsible For:

The Dental Assistant is responsible for overseeing the treatment rooms and sterilization.  This also includes ensuring the supplies are readily available and that lab cases are checked in and out.

Job Location:


Dental Assistant Essential Functions:

  • Daily Duties
    • Preparing for Daily Huddle
    • Call Patients who are having a Birthday
    • Call Patients who had a crown or implant the previous day
    • Ensure that all rooms are stocked for the day
    • The autoclave is to be run 1 hour before closing time
    • Ensure that completed lab cases go the lab and patients for completed cases are called
  • Weekly Duties
    • Check and Order Supplies
    • Make treatment manager calls
    • Follow up with patients who do not have appointments to seat their crown
  • Monthly Duties
    • Obtain New Birthday List
    • Perform any other functions as required by management.

Required Competencies:

  • Excellent judgment.
  • Dependability.
  • Conscientious performance.
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Caring and empathic.
  • High ethical standards.

Work Hours & Benefits:

After you define who is qualified for the job with the duties and required competencies it's a good idea to layout the work hours & any benefits that come with the position.

Education, Experience, and Licensing Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • 1+ years in a dental office
  • Experience with EMR (electronic medical records), medical terminology a plus

You should also let them know things like:

  • Team Size
  • Doctor-Patient Ratio
  • Shifts & Rotations
  • Vacation Policies

Dental Assistant Job Description Closing
& Call To Action

End the job description with a strong call to action for the applicant to follow.  We like to request they send a copy of their most recent resume & a cover letter explaining their experience and why they are a great fit for the job.  

Asking applicants to go that extra step will help you learn more about them and also weed out some of the less qualified candidates.  

Final Notes Dental Assistant Job Descriptions

We suggest keeping hiring open year-round.  Add this Dental Assistant Job Description to your website with instructions on how to apply.  Add a link in your website footer for "JOBS" and let it stay up year-round.

Even if you don't need to hire anyone at the time, it's good to build up a list of resumes for when you do need them.

Keeping a year-round hiring cycle also helps remind your employees that they should stay on their game and aren't irreplaceable unless proven so.

Hope This Helps!  Good Luck With Your Hiring.  

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