Author: Kimberly N. Powell, DDS, MS
Dentistry is not a solo profession. There is an irreplaceable auxiliary and clinical staff that is necessary for the successful practice of dentistry. This staff includes front desk personnel, financial and marketing staff, dental hygienist, dental assistants, sterilization technician, sanitation team, compliance officers, and others. Each member provides a service that ensures the patient is greeted properly, informed of recommended treatment and cost of service, and treated and dismissed in a timely manner. Yes, the dentist performs the restorative treatment, extractions, implant placements, etc, but he or she can not do that alone. Capable and smart dental assistants transfer instruments, ensure a sterilized field is maintained when needed, and correctly dispose of biohazard material and disinfect the operatory between each patient. Our goal is to always put patients first, to treat them as a family member, and that propels every member in the dental practice to be aware of their responsibilities and execute these positions daily.