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Dental Assistants - 31-9091.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Assist dentist, set up equipment, prepare patient for treatment, and keep records.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Certified Dental Assistant (CDA)
  • Certified Registered Dental Assistant
  • Dental Assistant (DA)
  • Expanded Duty Dental Assistant (EDDA)
  • Expanded Function Dental Assistant
  • Oral Surgery Assistant
  • Orthodontic Assistant (Ortho Assistant)
  • Orthodontic Technician
  • Registered Dental Assistant (RDA)
  • Surgical Dental Assistant

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Apply protective coating of fluoride to teeth.
  • Assist dentist in management of medical or dental emergencies.
  • Clean and polish removable appliances.
  • Clean teeth, using dental instruments.
  • Expose dental diagnostic x-rays.
  • Fabricate and fit orthodontic appliances and materials for patients, such as retainers, wires, or bands.
  • Fabricate temporary restorations or custom impressions from preliminary impressions.
  • Instruct patients in oral hygiene and plaque control programs.
  • Make preliminary impressions for study casts and occlusal registrations for mounting study casts.
  • Order and monitor dental supplies and equipment inventory.
  • Pour, trim, and polish study casts.
  • Prepare patient, sterilize or disinfect instruments, set up instrument trays, prepare materials, or assist dentist during dental procedures.
  • Provide postoperative instructions prescribed by dentist.
  • Record treatment information in patient records.
  • Schedule appointments, prepare bills and receive payment for dental services, complete insurance forms, and maintain records, manually or using computer.
  • Take and record medical and dental histories and vital signs of patients.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer basic health care or medical treatments.
  • Assist practitioners to perform medical procedures.
  • Clean medical equipment.
  • Explain technical medical information to patients.
  • Fit patients for assistive devices.
  • Interview patients to gather medical information.
  • Inventory medical supplies or equipment.
  • Maintain medical records.
  • Make patient-assistive devices or device models.
  • Operate medical equipment.
  • Prepare medical instruments or equipment for use.
  • Process medical billing information.
  • Record vital statistics or other health information.
  • Schedule patient procedures or appointments.
  • Teach medical procedures or medical equipment use to patients.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Dental Assistant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Craftsman, Dental Hygienist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Assistant Journeyman, Dental Hygienist (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Dental Department Administrative Assistant (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dental Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Dental Surgical Technologist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dental Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dental Technician, Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dental Tracking NEC (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dentalman (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dentalman Apprentice (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Dentalman Recruit (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Field Medical Service Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Field Service Dental Technician (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Health Services - Dental (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Health Services Technician (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Hospital Corpsman (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Dental Assistant

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Dental Assistant