Dental assistants (NOC 3411)

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Estimated hourly wage
in Québec (2017-2019)
Minimum 15.00$
Median 20.00$
Maximum 26.40$
Job prospect
Employment in 2018
Skill level
Intermediate (generally a secondary school diploma)

Nature of work

Dental assistants assist dentists, dental hygienists and dental therapists during the examination and treatment of patients and perform clerical functions. Dental assistants work in dentists' offices, community health centres, clinics and in educational institutions.

Main duties

  • Dental assistants perform some or all of the following duties:
  • - Prepare patients for dental examination and assist the dentist during the examination
  • - Sterilize and maintain instruments and equipment
  • - Prepare dental instruments and filling materials
  • - Continued…
  • - Take and develop X-rays
  • - Polish teeth and clinical crowns and apply fluoride and sealant
  • - Take preliminary impressions for diagnostic casts
  • - Fabricate and place temporary crowns and restorations
  • - Educate patients concerning oral hygiene
  • - Invoice patients for dental services
  • - Schedule patient appointments and record dental procedures performed
  • - Order dental and office supplies
  • - May perform intra-oral duties such as remove sutures, take and record vital signs, apply desensitizing agents, topical anaesthetic, anticariogenic agents and apply and remove rubber dams.

Employment requirements

  • * Completion of an eight-month to one-year college or other program in dental assistance or Completion of secondary school with on-the-job training is required.
  • * Licensing is required to perform intra-oral duties in all provinces. In Quebec, intra-oral duties are not performed by dental assistants.

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