Careers in Dentistry

If you are looking for a career that is personally rewarding with excellent employment potential, terrific salaries and flexible hours, look no further – check out careers in the dental field. Careers in dentistry are one of the fastest growing professions, with high demand.

Dental Assistant/Dental Front Office
Although many jobs in dentistry require specific training and a license, unlicensed dental assistants can be employed in a number of dental office positions. They can help with scheduling, billing, and even some patient preparation and chairside assisting. Some knowledge of dental terminology is helpful.

The demand for front office personnel is very high.

Registered Dental Assistant
Dental assistants work alongside the dentist, assisting with a variety of dental services. They prepare patients for treatment, take x-rays and assist chairside with the dentist. Training (either college-level or on-the-job training) is required to obtain a license. The demand for RDAs is currently very high.

Registered Dental Hygienist
Dental hygienists are licensed professionals who use their knowledge and clinical skills to provide dental care to patients. They clean teeth, instruct patients on methods to maintain good oral health, take x-rays and more. Two or more years of college-level education in an accredited program is necessary to obtain a license. Dental hygiene is one of the 30 fastest growing professions in the country.

Dental Laboratory Technician
Although dental laboratory technicians rarely work directly with patients, they are valuable members of the dental team. Following instructions from the dentist, they create dentures, crowns, bridges, etc. This career can begin with either college-level education or on-the-job training. There is a high demand for dental lab techs.
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Dentists are licensed professionals trained in diagnosis, treatment and prevention of diseases; treatment of injuries; and correction of malformations of the teeth, jaw and mouth. A college degree, followed by 3-4 years of dental school, is required to obtain a license to practice dentistry.

Registered Dental Assisting Programs in this area

Concorde Career Institute
4393 Imperial Ave., #100
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 688-0800

East County ROP
924 East Main St.
El Cajon, CA 92021
(619) 590-3923

Grossmont Health Occupations Center
9368 Oakbourne Road
Santee, CA 92071
(619) 596-4300

Palomar College
1140 West Mission Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
(760) 744-1150, ext. 2571

Pima Medical Institute
780 Bay Blvd., Ste. 101
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(619) 425-3200

San Diego Mesa College
7250 Mesa College Dr.
San Diego, CA 92111
(858) 627-2600

United Education Institute
310 3rd Ave C6/C7
Chula Vista, CA 91910

Dental Hygiene Programs

Southwestern College
880 National City Blvd.
National City, CA 91950
(619) 216-6665

Concorde Career Institute
4393 Imperial Ave., #100
San Diego, CA 92113
(619) 688-0800

San Joaquin Valley College
333 H Street, Suite 1065
Chula Vista, CA 91910
(858) 544-7898