Periodontic Assistant Training
Periodontists specialize in the soft tissues of the mouth. The periodontist assistant has administrative duties that include greeting patients, record keeping, updating insurance information and note transcription. They set up exam rooms prior to use, and during the exam assist the doctor. Lab functions such as assisting in making plaster impressions and fittings may also be required. Proficiency with computers, good customer service skills, and equipment maintenance skills can all be among the duties. In addition, processing X-rays, taking blood pressure and pulse, inquiring about medical history and informing patients of post operative procedures and care may be required.
Periodontist assistants are part of a growth industry, expected to rise 30% by 2020, according to diplomaguide.com. Median annual salaries are $35,000 as of 2012, according to education-portal.com.
Licensing is required in some states. Requirements are generally similar to those of dental assistants.
If you’d like to begin working toward a job as an Periodontics Dental Assistant, MedQuest College can help. Our Academy of Dental Assisting offers courses in both Frankfort and Louisville, KY. Classes begin soon, so contact us if you’d like to learn more about becoming an Periodontics Dental Assistant!